Wellington one of the safest cities in the world

Wellington beat the likes of Brussels, Los Angeles, Chicago, London, and New York in the Safe Cities Index 2017, placing ...
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Wellington beat the likes of Brussels, Los Angeles, Chicago, London, and New York in the Safe Cities Index 2017, placing 16th out of 60. (File photo)

Not only is Wellington the best city in the world to live, it also one of the safest.

Earlier this year the capital topped the rankings in a report by Deutsche Bank in Germany for the best quality of life.

Now the The Safe Cities Index 2017, produced by The Economist Intelligence Unit, has ranked the windy city 16th safest out of 60.

CCTV volunteers Penny Harrington, left, and Cindy Jurie at Wellington Central Police Station. (File photo)
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CCTV volunteers Penny Harrington, left, and Cindy Jurie at Wellington Central Police Station. (File photo)

Making its first appearance on the index with an overall score of 83.18, Wellington beat London, Belgian capital Brussels, and American cities Los Angeles and Chicago.

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The 60 cities were ranked on everything from crime rates and road safety to digital security and quality of healthcare. 

The Wellington City Council's CCTV security control room continues to prove a powerful
crime-prevention tool to help ...
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The Wellington City Council's CCTV security control room continues to prove a powerful crime-prevention tool to help monitor public areas and streets. (File photo)

The index was also designed with policymakers in mind, to help them address these and other issues.

Wellington's strength lay in its personal safety for residents and visitors, coming second only to Singapore with 92.28 points, according to the index.

That was thanks, in part, to the city's spread of closed-circuit televisions, technologies and data analytics to complement police capabilities.

The cities were also ranked on the safety of buildings, roads, bridges and other physical infrastructure, on which Wellington also ranked well.

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It placed fifth, behind Stockholm and ahead of Amsterdam, in infrastructure security.

However, two issues Wellington needed to work on in order to place higher in future indexes were digital and health security.

​Wellington Mayor Justin Lester was pleased with the result, but said there was always room for improvement.

"That's why council is investing in resilience, public safety, improving street lighting and gathering better data about public safety. 

"We want this to be a city where everyone feels safe and people can have confidence in the future.

"So it's good to see this recognition. On international benchmarks, Wellington consistently performs well when it comes to safety."

Tokyo, Singapore and Osaka took out the top three spots, with Melbourne and Sydney making the top 10 safest cities.

At the other end of the table was Karachi, with an overall score of 38.77, followed by Yangon, Dhaka, Jakarta and Ho Chi Minh City.

The report found that the impact of terror attacks, in terms of fatalities, paled in comparison to deaths caused by traffic accidents.

About 30,000 global deaths each year are linked to terror, while 1.2 million are killed in car accidents.

 - Stuff

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