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Economist Intelligence Unit Safe Cities Index 2015

NEC sponsored the Safe Cities Index 2015 by Economist Intelligence Unit. The index ranks 50 cities worldwide across five continents based on an average score across four categories: digital security, health security, infrastructure safety and personal safety.

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About the report

The Safe Cities Index 2015 is an Economist Intelligence Unit report, sponsored by NEC. The report is based on an index composed of more than 40 quantitative and qualitative indicators. These indicators are split across four thematic categories: digital security; health security; infrastructure safety; and personal safety. Every city in the Index is scored across these four categories.

Each category, represented throughout the report by the icons shown in the key, comprises between three and eight sub-indicators. These indicators are divided between inputs, such as policy measures and levels of spending, and outputs, such as the frequency of vehicular accidents. A full explanation of the methodology is contained in Appendix 4.

The Index focuses on 50 cities (see box over the page for the full list and regional breakdown) selected by The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU), based on factors such as regional representation and availability of data. Therefore, it should not be considered a comprehensive list of the world’s safest cities (ie, a city coming number 50 in the list does not make it the most perilous place to live in the world).

The analysis of the Index results, conducted by the EIU, was supplemented with wide-ranging research and in-depth interviews with experts in the field. Our thanks are due to the following people (listed alphabetically by surname) for their time and insights:

・Alan Brill, senior managing director and founder of the global high-tech investigations practice Krol
・Jonathan Brown, programme manager of city system integration, Future City Glasgow
・Vivien Carli, co-author of Practical Approaches to Urban Crime Prevention, International Centre for the Prevention of Crime
・Tim Chapman, director of the infrastructure design group at Arup
・Carlos Dora, co-ordinator in the department for public health, environmental and social determinants of health, World Health Organisation
・Boyd Cohen, director of innovation and associate professor of entrepreneurship, sustainability and smart cities, Universidad del Desarrollo, Chile
・Bruno Fernandez, head of security, Metro de Madrid
・Frederick Krimgold, director of the disaster risk reduction programme, Virginia Tech
・Tom Lawry, director of worldwide health, Microsoft
・Dan Lewis, head of the urban risk reduction programme, UN Habitat
・Peggy Liu, chairperson, Joint US-China Collaboration on Clean Energy (JUCCCE)
・Yoichi Masuzoe, governor of Tokyo
・Toshiro Muto, CEO of the Tokyo organising committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games 2020
・Patrick Otellini, chief resilience officer, the city and county of San Francisco
・Brian Quinn, adviser, Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment (Cabe) at the UK Design Council
・Josep Rius, chief of staff to the deputy mayor of Barcelona
・Andrew Smyth, professor of civil engineering and engineering mechanics, Columbia University
・Sandra Švaljek, deputy mayor of Zagreb
・Sameh Naguib Wahba, manager for urban development and disaster risk-management, World Bank

The report was written by Sarah Murray and edited by James Chambers. Amie Nagano and Takato Mori conducted additional interviews. Chris Clague built the Index. Gaddi Tam was responsible for design. The Economist Intelligence Unit bears sole responsibility for the content of this report. The findings do not necessarily reflect the views of the sponsor.

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