According to The Economist’s Intelligence Unit (EIU) annual report, Taipei ranked as the 7th safest city in the Asia-Pacific region and 13th overall, coming after San Francisco and ahead of Montreal. The ranking is based on several factors: health, infrastructure, digital and personal safety. The EIU, however, ranked the city 21st on its list of best places to live.
Taipei did not rank in the top 10 for digital or infrastructure security.
The city came in 9th in health security and 5th for personal safety. The only non-Asian city in the top five for personal safety was Stockholm.
Some points from the EIU report:
“Cities cannot simply allow the fearful to retreat behind the high walls of gated communities. The fortress mentality does not create an urban environment that is liveable and safe—even more so when the online world knows no borders.”
“Instead, cities can use intelligent design and carefully considered city layouts to reduce the threat of violent crime or terrorist attacks, while creating an urban environment that is visually attractive and easy for everyone, from pedestrians to cyclists, to navigate.”
Many residents of Taipei would agree that the city is fairly easy to navigate when walking, biking, or riding the MRT.
Source: EIU report