Posted on August 6, 2012

Latin Americans Least Likely Worldwide to Feel Safe

Clancy Bertane, Gallup, August 3, 2012

People living in Latin America and the Caribbean are the least likely in the world to personally feel safe in their communities, with slightly less than half of residents (46%) reporting in 2011 that they do not feel safe walking alone at night where they live.

People living in East Asia, Southeast Asia, and Northern America — which includes the U.S. and Canada — were the most likely worldwide to feel safe. At least three in four residents in each of these regions reported feeling safe, but as it does elsewhere around the world, people’s sense of security varies by country. (Full country results are available at the end of this article.)


Results are based on telephone and face-to-face interviews with approximately 1,000 adults per country in 148 countries and areas, aged 15 and older, conducted in 2011. {snip}