Finder makes money from featured partners, but editorial opinions are our own.

Australia drops from 37 to 50 among countries ranked by residents’ own feelings of safety


This is the result of more people feeling safe around the world, rather than Australians feeling less safe than before.

Australia ranks 50 among all countries for how safe its citizens feel in their communities, according to Gallup's 2018 Law and Order Report.

Australia ranks behind most other English speaking countries like Canada, Ireland, UK, US and New Zealand – as well as behind unexpected countries like Indonesia, China, Egypt, Rwanda, Bangladesh and Serbia.

The results are based on interviews in which more than 148,000 adults from 142 countries were asked the following four questions:

  • In the city or area where you live, do you have confidence in the local police force?
  • Do you feel safe walking alone at night in the city or area where you live?
  • Within the last 12 months, have you had money or property stolen from you or another household member?
  • Within the past 12 months, have you been assaulted or mugged?

Countries were then given a score from 0 to 100, with 0 effectively meaning "not safe at all" and 100 effectively meaning "completely safe".

Australia scored 82 compared to the relatively similar score of 84 the year before. The highest this year was Singapore with 97 and the lowest was Venezuela with 44.

None of this is to say Australians feel unsafe. The reason the country is quite far down the list is more a reflection of an overall sense of security felt globally than a reflection of unsatisfactory conditions in Australia.

According to the report, more than two-thirds of people worldwide have confidence in their local police and feel safe walking around at night in their neighbourhoods.

Only 1 in 8 have had something stolen from them or from someone they live with within the last 12 months, and only 5% have been assaulted or mugged within the last 12 months.

In Australia, 23% of homeowners have experienced burglary at some point in their lives, and are being encouraged to secure their homes with the right security systems and home and contents insurance.

Latest home insurance and loans news

Name Product Building Cover Contents Cover Fire, Storm & Theft Damage Sum Insured Safeguard Online Discount Cheapest way to pay
BonusFinder Award Finalist
Budget Direct Home & Contents Insurance
Our verdict: The most popular insurer on Finder, Budget Direct prioritises low-cost cover and gives you up to 30% off your first year for new combined policies purchased online. This is a big reason it won this year’s Finder Award for value.
Best Rated Brand
Youi Building and Contents Insurance
Our verdict: Finder’s 2022 Insurer of the Year for Customer Satisfaction and our Top Pick for Fire Damage cover. It’s good if you want a tailored quote over the phone.
Green CompanyBonus
QBE Home & Contents Insurance
Our verdict: Finder's Top Pick for Floods plus cover for other common claims such as fire and theft). Its discount is better than most – 20% off your first year with a combined policy.
Finder AwardBonus
Honey Home & Contents Insurance
Monthly or Annually
Our verdict: Honey gives you $250 smart sensors to reduce accidents and estimates your rebuild costs for you. Honey was a finalist for the comprehensive category in this year’s Finder Awards.
Finder AwardBonus
Australia Post Home & Contents Insurance
Our verdict: Covers common claims such as fire, storms, floods and rain. It’s also very helpful if you need to rebuild following a disaster. It offers a special safeguard of up to 30%.
Kogan Home & Contents Insurance
Our verdict: Good comprehensive cover (issued by QBE). Also, get 16% off on your first year's premium when you purchase a new combined Home & Contents insurance policy online + $10 monthly credit. T&Cs apply.
BonusFinder Award Finalist
Qantas Home and Contents Insurance
Our verdict: Earn up to 40K Qantas Points for joining by 2 July. Plus save 30% on your 1st year’s premium for purchasing a combined policy online. T&Cs apply.
Westpac Home and Contents Insurance
Monthly or Annually
Our verdict: Provided by Allianz, one of the biggest insurers in Australia. Cover for fire, theft, storm, cyclones and more.
Picture: Shutterstock

Ask a Question

You are about to post a question on

  • Do not enter personal information (eg. surname, phone number, bank details) as your question will be made public
  • is a financial comparison and information service, not a bank or product provider
  • We cannot provide you with personal advice or recommendations
  • Your answer might already be waiting – check previous questions below to see if yours has already been asked

Finder only provides general advice and factual information, so consider your own circumstances, or seek advice before you decide to act on our content. By submitting a question, you're accepting our Terms Of Service and Finder Group Privacy & Cookies Policy.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.
Go to site