When it comes to ‘crime and man-kind’, judging by everything that’s been going on from our very existence, it seems that these two are practically inseparable. Everyone reading this certainly knows the story of Adam and Eve, and the fact about the forbidden fruit; so you see it all started with a crime, and who do you think the law & order at that time? Yep, you thought it, The Almighty himself! We don’t really have to look that far behind in our history either, distinct and mesmerizing examples can be found if we simply look at the recent times itself. From bombings in not-so-safe public areas that are usually crowded resulting in mass murders to the killing of an entire royal-family-blood-line secured with the best of whatever money has to offer; crime hasn’t really been able to make much sense to us except for its ever increasing thirst for power and terror. However, even in all this envy and chaos there are some places in the world that haven’t quite lost their humanity, yet, so-to-say. Some countries in the world have been really successful in minimizing their crime-rates substantially, if not eradicated all of it, from their lands and seemingly their hearts as well. The indicators of crime rates are comprised by the number of murders per 100 thousand people, and the number of thefts and robberies in a certain period and may vary with time.
So, here we have the list of those ten countries that have the lowest recorded crime rates and well maintained law and order, in comparison to the rest.
Cyprus is an island nation in the eastern Mediterranean Sea and is considered to be one of the most peaceful places in Europe. It is one of the few places in the world where unlocked doors are a normal thing, even at night-times. The low crime rate in the country is for sure one of the major advantages due to which Cyprus is preferred by majority of European tourists.
Peace of mind and a secure lifestyle is perhaps the one common thing among every Dane citizen living within the country. Security in Denmark is pretty tight with around 200 police officers for every hundred thousand inhabitants. With not much crime in sight and a murder rate below 0.1 per 100,000 people; it makes Denmark one of the safest places to live on the planet.
Iceland is believed to be one of the only remaining countries where one can actually experience tranquility just swaying in the air. It is perhaps one of the only countries with only about 700 police officers who do not even have the authority to carry guns, simply because there isn’t any use of them. Prisons in Iceland collectively have only about 200 prisoners and even they are allowed to go home and visit their families periodically.
Ireland boasts a very low crime rate, with only 0.32 occurrences of homicides per 100 thousand people. Although there has been more ‘’low level’’ crimes being committed since the signing of the Good Friday Agreement in 1998, stats show that Ireland as a country has some of the lowest crime rates in Western Europe. More than 300 police officers are assigned per a population of hundred thousand persons.
Japan is considered to be one of the safest countries in Asia, with a majority of citizens believing that the police are protecting them effectively from different attacks of the criminal world, and doing a very good job at it. The murder rate is up to 0.4 murders per a 100 thousand people and more than 200 police officers assigned for ensuring the safety of the same.
With an area of only about a 1000 sq miles and a population less than 600 thousand people; crime rates in Luxembourg is believed to have approached the zero mark. A tiny state considered to be the happiest nation in the world, according to the polls of people living in the country. Its size definitely supports the fight against crime as the country is ranked 179th in size of all the 194 countries of the world.
Bahrain has the one of the highest ratio of law enforcement forces in the world, with over 1900 policemen per a 100 thousand inhabitants. For a country with this kind of ratio indicator it is but obvious that the crime rates would be pleasantly low. Incidents of pretty crimes such as pick-pocketing and bag snatching are reported in old areas of the country however, incidents of violent crime are an uncommon sight for the people living in the country.
3. Hong Kong
For a country with the highest internet surfing speed in the world, Hong Kong has very low and equally enviable figures when it comes to crime and murder rates. With only 0.2 homicides per a population of 100 thousand people and almost a complete absence of thefts and robberies, the closest thing to crime one could encounter in Honk Kong would only be plain old pick-pocketing and nothing more.
Considered to be the safest country in Asia and with the majority of population absolutely sure about it, Singapore makes it number two on our list. Murder rates are merely at the mark of 0.3 murders per 100,000 inhabitants, while stats on thefts and robberies are virtually zero, null. However, this could be the result of the severe laws that have been implemented in Singapore and also the fact that death penalty has still not been abolished from the law and many crimes are punishable with caning and other torturous measures.
With more than three countries that are considered to be among the ten most secure places to live in the world, like Geneva, Bern and Zurich; Switzerland is renowned and respected for the low crime rates it boasts. Even the crimes that have been recorded in certain periods of time, about half of it has been committed by foreigners. Peace, harmony and a tranquil atmosphere among the inhabitants and around the country, is ensured by valiant police officers in numbers of 216 policemen per a 100 thousand people making Switzerland the definition of safe-living, truly.
Any country, regardless of their size, economy or even their political conditions, is in one way or the other engaged in the fight against crime, the only difference is some do it better and some worse. Crime happens all over the world, some negligibly small in scale and others that cause enormous and permanent damage to the society and the world as a whole. Even though crime has different branches and varied objectives in different places, the bottom line of it or so-to-say the root cause of it can surely be identified as the need for survival of the sorry and manipulation of these unfortunate by culprits driven with greed or even hatred.
Nikhil is musician by choice, writer by profession. Currently, studying Bachelors in Hospitality.