Hong Kong's ranking in global law and order index drops from fifth place to 82nd

  • The poll measures the public's perception of personal security and their faith in the police
  • The rankings are based on a survey conducted during the height of the anti-government protest movement
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Hong Kong's ranking in an index of public perceptions of law and order has dropped dramatically in the last two years.

The 2020 Global Law and Order Index, conducted by the US-based advisory and analytics firm Gallup, measures people's levels of confidence in the police and perceptions of personal security in 144 countries and regions around the world on a 100-point scale.

Hong Kong's score this year was 76 - below the global average of 82 - putting it in 82nd place worldwide, tied with Burkina Faso and Nepal.

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In 2018 - the last year Hong Kong was included - the city scored 91 on the index, ranking 5th place globally. 

The newest index reflects respondents' feelings from the last year, when faith in Hong Kong's police was shaken by their handling of the anti-government protests and accusations of police brutality. 

Hong Kong’s score was calculated based on telephone surveys conducted by the US polling firm between August and October of last year. The firm surveyed 1,004 Hongkongers aged 15 and above, and asked them about their confidence in the local police force, their level of safety walking alone at night and the prevalence of theft, assault and muggings over the past year. 

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