Safety and Security: A Midnight Walk In Singapore

How about a moon-lit midnight stroll in the city?

The thought of taking a late night walk in a U.S. city could be a bit scary. Lots of hazards out there – crime, drunk drivers, drug addicts, theft, assault. There’s plenty of things to look for when looking over your shoulder.

Which is too bad. Walking home from a late movie with your date, under moonlight, in the crisp air? Wouldn’t that be great?

In Singapore, you can take that walk. Head down Orchard Road to Raffles Hotel across to the Esplanade and Sands Casino, at any time of day or night, stress free. Singapore ranks as one of the safest places in the world.

Some data to support your midnight stroll:

Homocide Rate:  The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) 2012 crime report shows Singapore as the second safest country in the world when it comes to homocides (First Place: Leichstenstein). Singapore has 0.2 occurances of homocide per 100,000 people. You are 23 times more likely to be the victim of a homicide in a U.S. city versus being in Singapore.

Assaults:  Singapore gets tenth place (out of 143 in the rankings by the way) in the category of “assaults”. The “assaults” category covers every type of attack against the body, including slapping, which does not result in death. Singapore has 8.5 assaults per 100,000 people. Compare this to the U.S. with 240.

Robberies:  Singapore drops to eleventh place when it comes to robberies, with 5.5 robberies per 100,000 people (First Place: State of Palestine). U.S. results? That would be 112 robberies, same category.

Traffic Deaths: As far as traffic to watch for on your midnight walk: Singapore has less than four traffic fatalities per 100,000 people. Half of these fatalities in Singapore occur on motorcycles. The U.S. data shows 11 fatalities, most of which happen in a car.

You’ll notice in Singapore that cars actually stop before the intersection, rather than part way through it. Most intersections also have the red light countdown timer, so you know how much time you have to cross the road. Be sure to look both ways, and remember that Singaporeans drive on the left side of the road.

Drunk Driving: Both the U.S. and Singapore have the same Blood Alcohol Limit (BAC) for driving, but the U.S. has four times the drunk driving death rate. In Singapore, you can buy beer at the same age you get your driver’s license: age 18.

If you should be so unlucky to find yourself in a emergency situation in Singapore, do not dial 911. Singapore’s emergency access phone number is 995.

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