Dhaka has been placed among the bottom 10 cities in the latest edition of the biennial index of safe cities in the world.
Though Dhaka improved its rank by two positions compared to the 2019 index of 60 cities , it is the 7th most unsafe city of the world at 54th position in the index of Safe Cities brought out by the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) sponsored by the NEC.
The Index started in 2015 brought out its 4th edition for 2021 ranking 60 major cities of the world across 76 indicators covering digital, health, infrastructure, personal and environmental security. Environmental security is the new addition to the list of security parameters for the year 2021.
The overall score of Dhaka in the index was 48.9 out of 100 which marks an improvement over the score of 44.6 in 2019. Among the five components of the index, Dhaka was placed on the 56th position on Digital Security index, 52 on Health, 55 on Infrastructure, 54 on personal and 47 on environmental index. Apart from the environmental security index, Dhaka was placed below average on all other components of the Safe Cities Index.
Copenhagen gets the position of the most secure city with a score of 82.4. It is followed by Toronto (82.2), Singapore (80.7), Sydney (80.1) and Tokyo (80). Yangon is at the bottom of the index with a score of 39.5, followed by Karachi at 39.7 as the second least safe city in the world.
The report indicates that the cities with higher Human Development Index (HDI) do better in the Safe Cities Index.
The Safe Cities Index is a global tool developed to measure urban safety. The index measures urban safety objectively around the world, enabling comparability across cities of varying sizes and at different income levels.