Abu Dhabi is the safest city in the world, according to an online crime index. Compiled by Numbeo.com, a database of user-contributed information, the Crime Index Rate puts the capital in 288th place of 288 cities in terms of crime, meaning it is the safest city on the planet. Dubai is in 279th place.
The finding is supported by the people who live in Abu Dhabi, who said that safety is one of the capital’s biggest selling points. “We don’t deny that there is crime – there is – and every society in the world faces it but the number of crimes is the lowest here,” said Emirati Salem Al Qubaisi.
“Whether you are deep in deserts or the ocean, you feel safe. Even if you leave your family alone here and you travel somewhere, you feel they are very safe here. The Government invests in security for all.” The worst three cities for crime were all in Central or South America, with Fortaleza in Brazil topping the list, followed by San Pedro Sula in Honduras, and Caracas, Venezuela. Cairo, in Egypt, was the worst-ranking city in the Middle East at 66th. “I appreciate the attentiveness of police and care for all the community,” said Abu Dhabi resident Shankar Chauhan, from India. “If you want to indulge in crime [in Abu Dhabi], security people will stop you because always we are on security radar. “In Abu Dhabi when we see police, we feel safe but, on the contrary, in India mostly we avoid going to police.”
A spokesman for Numbeo said: “We consider crime levels lower than 20 as being very low; crime levels between 20 and 40 as being low; crime levels between 40 and 60 as being moderate; crime levels between 60 and 80 as being high; and finally crime levels higher than 80 as being very high.” Abu Dhabi’s Crime Index score was 14.41, while Dubai’s was 19.50, so both slip into the very low crime category. According to statistics on Abu Dhabi Police’s website, the number of crimes per 100,000 population was 119.8 in 2011, a figure that decreased to 110.2 by 2013 and continued to fall to 90.6 in 2014 and 83.8 in 2015.
Sheikh Saif bin Zayed, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior, said the figures indicated that the UAE has the lowest level of violent crimes in the world. Although rates are low, the crime that does exist are largely traffic offences, petty theft, scams, cyber crimes, assault, fighting, bounced cheques and wages going unpaid. Last year, cyber crime cases were on rise. According to a survey by a telecommunications company, two out of five UAE residents have been victims of cybercrime. Other cases often seen in Abu Dhabi are of sexual harassment, prostitution, drinking or possessing alcohol without a licence and public displays of affection, which are considered a crime in the UAE.