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Study reveals safest, most dangerous cities in Aust, world

Australia’s two most northerly major cities have appeared in the south end of a new list of the safest cities in the world. 


Released by demographics data crunchers Numbeo, the latest index ranks 338 cities worldwide based on an estimation of overall safety and crime, where ‘one’ represents extreme danger and 100 no crime at all. 


Townsville (Image ABC, Paul Lyons)


In the list, Townsville and Darwin place a lowly 290th and 289th respectively, with scores of 38.84 and 39.34. 


Finishing just above Bogota (Colombia), the two cities placed far lower than the next most dangerous Australian cities Perth (171th, 56.14), Melbourne (169th, 56.17) and the Gold Coast (163rd, 56.75). 


It turns out Australia’s largest city, Sydney, isn’t especially large on crime, finishing in the top third of cities (112th, 62.41), while Brisbane (91st, 65.75), Adelaide (87th, 66.46), and Hobart (73rd, 67.69) are deemed even safer. 


But topping the list of Australia’s safest cities, rather unsurprisingly, is Canberra, which scrapped into the top 20 just above Reykjavik (Iceland) and Hong Kong in 20th position (78.92). 


Abu Dhabi (Image Unsplash)


Globally, the city considered safest in the world, for the second straight year, is Abu Dhabi (88.26), with emirate edging other beacons of safety Doha (Qatar), Osaka (Japan), Singapore and Basel (Switzerland) to the honour. 


Rounding out the top ten safest cities were Quebec City (Canada), Tokyo (Japan), Bern (Switzerland) Munich (Germany) and Irvine (USA).


According to Gulf News, Abu Dhabi Department of Culture and Tourism undersecretary Saif Saeed Ghobash said safety was “paramount when choosing a city to visit or live and work in, and we are proud to top that list for the second year running”.


“Our capital’s strong reputation for safety and a virtually crime-free society is a testament to the ongoing efforts to establish the emirate as a destination of distinction with international standards of safety.” 


Written by: Mark Harada
Published: 24 September 2018

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