Top 10 Safest Cities for a Night Walk
Big cities are daunting for newcomers because of their survival instincts kicking in. Tourists tend to hesitate instead of exploring the wonders of the new place, especially during nighttime, because of the fear of the unknown. In fact, some people have “agoraphobia,” which is also known as the fear of being in situations where help wouldn’t be available if things go wrong.This extends to becoming a fear of big cities.
Agoraphobic or not, you shouldn’t hold on to this emotion for too long. Although it may be counterintuitive, exploring during the evenings can bring about good results as many places offer lovely sceneries that become even more enticing when they are clad in the dark and lit by the moon and the stars.
To help you get over your fear of walking around at night in large urban neighborhoods, below are 10 cities that are deemed safest for a night walk, in no particular order:
Tokyo, the capital of Japan, is considered the most populous city on the planet. Even so, it is considered generally safe for tourists round-the-clock. In fact, the Economist named this Asian city as the Safest City in the World twice in three years: in 2015 and in 2017.
As the center of one of the world’s most prominent metropolitan places, Tokyo houses as many as 35 million residents. Although these people live very close to each other, the crime rates are surprisingly low. In fact, their most common criminal act is bicycle theft where an average of 6 in every 100,000 riders lost a wheel or two.
This Southeast Asian city-state is running second as the safest city on Earth, based on the list released by the Economist in 2017. However, it is worth noting that this highly urbanized city ranks first in overall personal safety as traditional crimes such as theft and burglary are at their lowest for decades.
Regarding of personal safety, this autonomous territory in Southeast Asia is named as the sixth concerning personal safety. Ever since the city saw an increase in pro-democracy protests in 2014, Hong Kong’s police officers patrol the streets more often. Although this positive change rooted from conflict, the fact remains that the crime rate decreased significantly.
This Swedish capital with 909,000 residents is next in our list of safest cities worldwide. Interestingly, it is the only non-Asian city to enter the top 5 concerning personal safety.
Save for eight “no-go zones,” Stockholm is very safe to venture at night. In fact, The Local strongly recommend visiting the city’s party district from 10 p.m. onwards, especially on summer nights.
The Australian capital took the 10th spot concerning infrastructure and personal security in 2015. It has a safety index of 81 percent, with low rates of pickpocketing and mugging incidents. It is also considered generally safe for women who travel in the evenings.
This city in the Netherlands was able to bag the 10th spot in terms of personal security in the Economist’s list of the safest cities in 2015. It is also one of the very few places around the world to reduce car accidents and traffic congestion.
As far as evening strolls are concerned, anyone can travel on foot in the dark without constantly looking behind their backs if they are being followed by muggers. Bicycling to get around is also one of the best experiences you have to try when in Amsterdam.
Another Swiss city to make to the list is Zurich. It is the 10th safest city in the world based on the 2017 Safe Cities Index by the Economist, with an overall grade of 85.20. People who reside there— as well as those who had the chance to visit— also consider the quality of life in Zurich to be one of the best in the world.
New York City
In the United States, New York City is one of the highly visited urban neighborhoods. Amid the constant hustle-and-bustle, you shouldn’t have to worry about your safety while taking evening strolls in the Big Apple. This is especially true for Times Square since tons of people will be walking along with you. Of course, you’ll have to time it right as most New York parks close at 1 a.m. at dawn.
Canada’s city of Toronto is the most populous city in the country. Even so, it is still among the top 10 safest urban places in the world, especially in terms of personal safety. To top that off, the 2015 Safe Cities Index dubbed this city as your best choice to reside in because of the democracy, food security, cost of living, and business environment.
Although these cities are considered the “safest in the world,” it is still best to be sure by always exercising safety precautions and using common sense when in an unfamiliar place.