Algeria scores 79 percent, according to the Gallup Index

Algeria scored 79 percent on the Gallup Institute's "Law and Order" index, which measures the feeling of security in 142 countries around the world.

Algeria posted an index of 79 percent in 2017, up from 90 percent in 2016, according to the 2018 Global Law and Order (2018) report released Thursday in Washington. .

The "Law and Order" index measures the sense of personal security and personal experiences of crime.

This ranking was based on telephone interviews and face-to-face interviews conducted in 142 countries, with 148,000 people, according to the polling institute, headquartered in Washington.

The survey was based on four questions to assess, among other things, people's confidence in the police force and the degree of night-time security provided in their cities and neighborhoods.

This year, Singapore retained the top spot in this list as the safest country in the world with a score of 97 percent, followed by Norway, Iceland and Finland with a score of 93 on one hundred each

The United States and France are far behind with a score of 84 per cent each

For the second consecutive year, Venezuela recorded the worst score with an index of 44 percent, which reflects Gallup's persistence of the crisis in that country.

Only 17% of Venezuelans interviewed said they felt safe walking the streets at night, while 24% said they trust the police.

At the bottom of the list is also Afghanistan, South Sudan, Gabon, Liberia and South Africa, considered dangerous countries, according to this survey.

The global index score in 2017 was 81 percent, says Gallup, who notes that 86 countries in this new edition of the report have scored below this average.

Overall 69% of those interviewed worldwide say they trust their police and 68% and feel safe walking alone at night.

According to the survey, 13% of respondents say they have been robbed and 5% have been assaulted.

By region and as in previous years, Latin American and Caribbean countries continued to accumulate the worst scores (62 percent) in 2017 compared to 64 percent in 2016. Respondents are less likely likely to feel safe

By contrast, residents of the United States, Canada, Southeast Asia, East Asia, and Western Europe are the most likely to feel safe. These countries have index scores of 85 percent and over.

The institute states, moreover, that there are close relations between the answers of the persons interviewed and the external measures related to the economic and social development of the country.

These relationships shed light on how high crime rates can affect a country's social cohesion and economic performance, says the institute,

Gallup points out that it is important to follow these important indicators, especially for the United Nations, to continue to monitor the evolution of societies.

"The United Nations aims to promote peaceful, inclusive and just societies" within the framework of the sustainable development goals it has set for itself, says Gallup.

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