Doha city with buildings
A general view of Doha city with buildings under construction December 24, 2012. REUTERS/Fadi Al-Assaad REUTERS/Fadi Al-Assaad

11 December 2016

Qatar has won the prestigious position as the country with the lowest crime rate in Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region and the Arab world, according to the Crime Index for Countries 2016 (Mid Year) issued by Numbeo.

Qatar has won the seventh position globally. South Korea came first, with the lowest crime rate in the world, followed by Singapore, Georgia, Taiwan, Japan and Hong Kong, respectively. Qatar earned 20.41 points in the crime index while South Korea had 14.99 points.

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The database has used the scale (0-100) for values as it considered crime levels lower than 20 as 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 those with higher than 80 as being very high, said a statement issued by the Ministry of Interior yesterday.

The Numbeo surveys many aspects about crime and safety in countries and cities, which include opinions about the seriousness of the crime, change in the crime level in the past three years, walking during daylight and night, robbery level, stealing of cars, physical attacks by strangers, being insulted in the streets, being subject to any attacks because of skin colour, ethnic origin or religion etc. Qatar has been placed top in the MENA region in Global Peace Index published by the Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP) continuously till date since 2009.

The IEP, headquartered in Sydney, Australia uses several relevant indicators related to peace and safety including political stability, level of crime in the community, level of abuse among community members, internal conflicts and relations with neighboring countries and terrorist crimes etc.

“ Qatar has accomplished this reputation with constant efforts and the keenness of the security authorities in the State. The Ministry of Interior has been working to realize the maximum security and stability in the community through its strategies that are compatible with the Qatar National Vision 2030, in order to build an integrated security system supported by the development of the Ministry,” said.