China ranked third in the latest global poll on people's perceptions
of their personal security by a pollster from the United States,
indicating its residents have a high sense of security.
The 2020 Global Law and Order report, released on Tuesday by the
Washington-based organization Gallup, covered 144 countries and areas.
The poll was conducted throughout 2019 and involved nearly 175,000
people aged 15 and older who were interviewed face-to-face or by
The higher the score, the higher the percentage of the population who
felt secure. China's overall law and order index is 94. Singapore and
Turkmenistan topped the poll with scores of 97.
Participants were asked four questions: Do you have confidence in the
local police force? Do you feel safe walking alone at night in the city
where you live? Within the last 12 months, have you had money or
property stolen from you or another household member? Have you been
assaulted or mugged?
The report showed that 90 percent of the respondents from China said
they feel secure when walking alone at night, which is 21 percentage
points higher than the average response. China ranked fifth in the index
of countries where people feel safest walking alone, after Singapore,
Turkmenistan, Norway and the United Arab Emirates.
To maintain social prosperity and stability and enhance people's
sense of gain, happiness and security, the Central Committee of the
Communist Party of China and the State Council launched a three-year
campaign against organized crime in 2018.
By the end of August, 3,347 mafia-style organizations and 10,564
other criminal gangs had been busted nationwide, according to the
national office against organized crimes.
Further, the Supreme People's Court's 2019 work report showed that
courts concluded 49,000 cases involving serious violent crimes, 272,000
cases dealing with property crimes and 65,000 cases of crimes involving
guns, explosives, gambling or pornography.
Serious violent crimes have been on the decline for 10 years, according to the report.
According to the Ministry of Public Security, the number of crimes
involving guns and explosions in China dropped 50 percent in 2019
compared with the previous year. The ministry also launched a three-year
campaign in May to combat such crimes.