As Venezuela edged closer to collapse in 2015, the country’s score on Gallup’s Law and Order Index — its annual global gauge of people’s sense of security — dropped to a new record low of 35 out of 100. This score was not only the worst in the world last year, but it was also the worst Gallup has recorded for any country in the past decade.
Venezuela’s score tumbled as just 14% of residents said they felt safe walking alone at night where they live and an only slightly higher 19% expressed confidence in their police. Both percentages are not only new lows for Venezuela, but they are also the lowest scores Gallup has measured worldwide since 2005.
The 14% of Venezuelans who said they felt safe walking alone at night may be a new record low; however, the country has ranked at or near the bottom of the “feel safe” list since 2009.
But to put Venezuela’s spiral into chaos and violence into perspective, the next-lowest percentages in the world in 2015 were in war-torn Afghanistan (32%) and Syria (32%).
In 2015, Law and Order Index scores ranged from a high of 93 in Singapore — which also led the world on this metric in 2013 and 2014 — to the low of 35 in Venezuela. The index is based on people’s reported confidence in their local police, feelings of personal safety and incidence of theft.