Armenia was listed among countries with a low crime level and, correspondingly, a high safety level in the 2016 mid-year Crime Index for Country compiled by Numbeo, the world’s largest database of user-generated content.
To present survey results, Numbeo uses the scale 0-100. Crime Index is an estimation of overall level of crime in a given city or a country. Numbeo considers 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 finally crime levels higher than 80 as being very high. Safety index is, on the other way, quite opposite of crime index. If the city has a high safety index, it is considered very safe.
In particular, Armenia’s crime and safety indices stand at 29.02 and 70.98, respectively, placing the country in the 20th spot on a list of 118 countries worldwide. The country ranked the 16th in the same report a year earlier, and came in 33rd in the 2014 mid-year data.
Neighboring Georgia is the third safest country in the world, Azerbaijan ranks the 24th, Turkey and Iran follow in the 44th and 81st spots, respectively, while Russia is the 69th globally.
Also among the top five safest countries are South Korea, Singapore, Taiwan and Japan, while Venezuela, Papua New Guinea, Honduras, South Sudan and South Africa have the highest crime rates in the world.
Interestingly, Armenia’s capital city, Yerevan with a safety index of 69.42, ranks the 30th among 141 cities around the globe. Based on the cost of living index, Yerevan is the 15th in the list, while the purchasing power index tells a whole different story, putting the city fifth to last.
Numbeo gathers statistics from a range of sources, such as websites of supermarkets, taxi company websites, governmental institutions, newspaper articles and other surveys.