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2016 Global Law and Order Report

When people feel safe, economic and social development can happen. Learn how safe your country's residents feel.

"Do you feel safe walking alone at night in the city or area where you live?"

The answer to that question, along with others that are part of Gallup's Law and Order Index, reveals more than a personal reflection on safety.

Gallup sees a strong relationship between people’s answers to these questions and the economic and social development of a country — reinforcing how high crime rates can suppress social cohesion and negatively affect economic performance.

The 2016 Global Law and Order Report gives leaders and security and development agencies a snapshot of where 133 countries stand on safety from the perspectives of their residents and whether security situations in countries are improving.


of adults worldwide say they have had property stolen from them in the past year.

On average, more than

6 in 10

people worldwide say they have confidence in their local police.

New record low worldwide:

Only 14%

of Venezuelans say they feel safe walking alone at night where they live.

People in war-torn Syria and Afghanistan feel safer.

Countries in which residents are the most likely to feel safe walking alone at night are among those with the highest Law and Order Index scores.

2016 Global Law and Order Report offers leaders a glimpse of how safe residents feel and how close or far countries are from achieving the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goal of "promoting just, peaceful and inclusive societies."

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  • The countries in which people feel the least and most secure
  • The countries with the highest and lowest scores for confidence in police
  • Overall worldwide feelings of safety

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