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User currently offlineEMA747 From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2006, 1170 posts, RR: 1
Posted (7 years 3 months 2 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 1753 times:

I have just reading the interesting thread about the worst parts of towns around the world. It made me think though, everyone always says how bad their town/counrty is (I live in Nottingham,UK and people are always going on about how bad it is!) but people rarely say how safe their country or town is. I think that when you live somewhere you tend to see its bad points and notice crime and violence a lot more.

So, I want to see if there is anyone thats feels that their country/town are safe places to live. Please only coment about the country/town you live in and not places you have travelled to unless you have lived there for a year or more for the reason stated above.

I await some replies and am quite interested to see what you have to say.

Andy S


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User currently offlineVikkyvik From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 9401 posts, RR: 27
Reply 1, posted (7 years 3 months 2 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 1747 times:
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Bedford, Massachusetts (where I grew up) is extremely safe, as is a good deal of suburban Boston.

I'd wager that Massachusetts as a whole is a relatively safe place to live.

Somerville, MA, where I currently live, is OK. Not great, not bad. I have no problem walking around outside at night.

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User currently offlineKaddyuk From Wallis and Futuna, joined Nov 2001, 4126 posts, RR: 26
Reply 2, posted (7 years 3 months 2 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 1745 times:

Safe Places? There aren't any left... I live in Crawley, W.Sussex which is right next to Gatwick Airport. It has its problem areas however i live in one of the quieter areas.

Its not crime free (I've been attacked once and a Car was stolen from outside my house). But i've no worries about walking the streets at night. For the most part its a quiet town. That being said, I wouldnt leave my doors open and If I had children i'd want them inside before sundown.



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User currently offlineSuperfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 39478 posts, RR: 75
Reply 3, posted (7 years 3 months 2 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 1732 times:

I can't speak for the U.K. but here in North America, I'd say Canada would be the safest country.
Here in the United States, safe cities I'd pick;

(small towns)
Madison, Wisconsin
Arcata, California
Black Rock City, Nevada

(big cities)
San Francisco,Ca
Minneapolis, MN
Honolulu, HI



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User currently offlinePlymSpotter From Spain, joined Jun 2004, 11572 posts, RR: 61
Reply 4, posted (7 years 3 months 2 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 1731 times:

I live just outside Plymouth, in a village called Roborough. It's pretty safe, I will often go walking alone at night, out in the countryside and on Dartmoor where I can watch the stars, the only thing I really have to be worried about is running into a pack of squaddies or getting mauled by one of the big cats people keep seeing. silly 

That said, Plymouth, like many UK cities is over-run with anti-social chavs who like to make a habit of being assholes. There are murders here, probably 10-20 a year, maybe more, but generally where I live is very safe. *Touch wood* there have been no burglars near me for years; thanks to a neighbourhood watch scheme which actually works and the nearest we have got to car crime was somebody nicking a tyre one night!


I also live in Birmingham, just about a mile from Perry Barr at my university address which is where all the race riots were taking place a couple of years ago. Not the safest of places, although the part I live in is fairly respectable, I was still shot at with an air rifle one day when out cycling though, not good at all. I tend to make sure I have a weapon or means of self defense on me at all times.


Finally there is Cala en Porter, Menorca Spain where I have lived for a couple of years, and return to during holidays. Very safe, completely safe until recently when undesirables have started to come across from the mainland to rob the "rich pickings" that are holiday homes left shut up during the winter months. Still, there is a very strong sense of community spirit, especially among the ex-pats and it's safe to walk around anywhere you like at night, oh, so long as you avoid the inevitable bunches of drunken British louts... says a lot really.

Dan Smile



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User currently offlineSkidmarks From UK - England, joined Dec 2004, 7121 posts, RR: 58
Reply 5, posted (7 years 3 months 2 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 1721 times:

The Isle of Man has to be one of the safest places in the world to live. Here, you can leave your doors unlocked and open, your cars unlocked and know they won't get stolen or walk the streets at night knowing the chances of getting mugged are next to zero. We do have some crime but, on an island, where do you run to? Unemployment is measured in fractions of percent and most of the populace are fairly content, despite the whinges and moans you hear around.

I'm in the process of looking for a new job because British Airways is pulling the plug on my job soon. I don't want to move back to the UK - or to anywhere else for that matter. The thought of living across is quite frightening. But I guess I'll have to. But hopefully, whatever I end up doing, I'll be able to keep my island home and retire back here where it is safe and old people are better looked after.

Andy  old 



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User currently offlineBurnsie28 From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 7504 posts, RR: 8
Reply 6, posted (7 years 3 months 2 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 1703 times:

Grand Forks, ND was just recently announced as the best place to raise a child for low crime rate, plenty of parks, excellent schools etc.


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User currently offlineCPH813 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (7 years 3 months 2 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 1667 times:

Denmark is in general a very safe country, and where I live is just extra safe as police patrols the street every 30 minutes as I live right next to the embassies of Poland and Switzerland. I would have no problem sleeping with my door unlocked.

User currently offlineMauriceB From Netherlands, joined Aug 2004, 2487 posts, RR: 26
Reply 8, posted (7 years 3 months 2 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 1663 times:

probably the Island of Saba...

They have 1 police man which is also the butcher. (kind of scary i must say)


User currently offlinePelican From Germany, joined Apr 2004, 2531 posts, RR: 8
Reply 9, posted (7 years 3 months 2 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 1641 times:

Quoting CPH813 (Reply 7):
Denmark is in general a very safe country, and where I live is just extra safe as police patrols the street every 30 minutes as I live right next to the embassies of Poland and Switzerland. I would have no problem sleeping with my door unlocked.

I can only agree. I lived in Copenhagen for half a year and I've never felt unsafe in such a (relative) big town . Even when I went home during the night I never felt unsafe and there was never an incidence which would have alarmed me.

(okay there was this nervous bearded terrorist cliché look-alike student in the metro once who fumbled with his mobile all the time)

Here were I live in the moment I couldn't feel safer, too. But that's only true for the quarter were I live. Although my hometown Potsdam is also not unsafe. Berlin is quite a bit different, but again not dangerous, too.

pelican


User currently offlineME AVN FAN From Switzerland, joined May 2002, 13920 posts, RR: 25
Reply 10, posted (7 years 3 months 2 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 1641 times:

Zurich is generally regarded as fairly safe, but while you could keep doors open at least during the day in the 50ies/60ies, up from the 70ies no-go without a key. And police tell you never to leave your keys in the car, even when just getting out for a minute. But to be on your way be feet at night is no problem generally.

User currently offlineQR332 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (7 years 3 months 2 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 1626 times:

Qatar as a whole is a very place safe - even though its not that small of a place (the population is about 650,000), people always leave their doors unlocked and you feel safe almost anywhere. When I go down to the supermarket to grab something quickly, I almost always leave my car running and nobody ever touches it - it is a great place to grow up.

User currently offlineANITIX87 From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 3292 posts, RR: 13
Reply 12, posted (7 years 3 months 2 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 1586 times:
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Well I go to school in Bethlehem, PA and it was voted the best place to live in the USA by some magazine.

Having said that, nobody dares walk off campus at night alone. The chances of getting shot or robbed are way too high, haha.

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User currently offlineAsstChiefMark From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (7 years 3 months 2 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 1572 times:

Quoting Superfly (Reply 3):
Minneapolis, MN

The local news in Minneapolis is clogged with shootings, murders, and assaults every day. Even the once-safe entertainment district isn't safe.

Mark


User currently offlineME AVN FAN From Switzerland, joined May 2002, 13920 posts, RR: 25
Reply 14, posted (7 years 3 months 2 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 1572 times:

Quoting ANITIX87 (Reply 12):
go to school in Bethlehem

-
must go with the name ! also "original" Bethlehem is not too safe in these days


User currently offlineAirframeAS From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 14150 posts, RR: 25
Reply 15, posted (7 years 3 months 2 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 1560 times:

No matter where you go, there is always crime. IMO, there is no such thing as a 'safe' town or country.


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User currently offlineZKSUJ From New Zealand, joined May 2004, 7073 posts, RR: 12
Reply 16, posted (7 years 3 months 2 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 1543 times:

Quoting AirframeAS (Reply 15):
No matter where you go, there is always crime. IMO, there is no such thing as a 'safe' town or country.

That is true, but I think some places have a safer probability than others. i.e. You can't say that the chances of being killed by use of a gun or bomb is equal in Fiji as opposed to Iraq. It's all about Chances and how big they comparitively are.

IMO, Pacific Islands are usually pretty safe. Singapore is quite safe as is NZ when compared to many parts of the world


User currently offlineFlyDeltaJets87 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 17, posted (7 years 3 months 2 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 1525 times:

According to Marion Barry: "If you take out the killings, Washington [D.C.] actually has a very very low crime rate."

User currently offlineAa757first From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 3345 posts, RR: 8
Reply 18, posted (7 years 3 months 2 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 1499 times:

My very small town in the United States is very safe. I could walk around at 4:00 AM and the only person that would probably approach me is someone asking if I'm okay.

AAndrew


User currently offlineKiwiinOz From New Zealand, joined Oct 2005, 2165 posts, RR: 5
Reply 19, posted (7 years 3 months 2 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 1479 times:

My money's on Singapore

User currently offlineFlight152 From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 3369 posts, RR: 6
Reply 20, posted (7 years 3 months 2 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 1472 times:

Quoting AirframeAS (Reply 15):
No matter where you go, there is always crime. IMO, there is no such thing as a 'safe' town or country.

That is a ridiculous statement.


User currently offlineBushpilot From South Africa, joined Jul 2007, 0 posts, RR: 1
Reply 21, posted (7 years 3 months 2 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 1452 times:

Well where I live, it is a very small remote town. In the 6 years I have lived here full time, my house has not once been locked, and my car keys have never left the ignition. Hell I dont even know where my house key is.
But we do have problems with alcohol related crimes such as DUI, domestic violence etc.


User currently offlineCopaair737 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 22, posted (7 years 3 months 2 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 1440 times:

Quoting Superfly (Reply 3):
Arcata, California

WTF? I agree that it's safe, but damn are there a lot of panhandlers and just bizarre people there. The Arcata Plaza has the biggest collection of the strangest people I've seen anywhere. ANYWHERE.
I agree though, it is a safe place. Nothing really happens there, outside of a lot of Marijuana being grown.

Big cities...I'd say San Francisco.

-Copa


User currently offlineSuperfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 39478 posts, RR: 75
Reply 23, posted (7 years 3 months 2 weeks ago) and read 1420 times:

Quoting Copaair737 (Reply 22):
I agree though, it is a safe place. Nothing really happens there, outside of a lot of Marijuana being grown.

Nothing bad happens because everyone is stoned.  goodvibes 



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User currently offlineCopaair737 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 24, posted (7 years 3 months 1 week 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 1379 times:

Quoting Superfly (Reply 23):

Nothing bad happens because everyone is stoned.

Without a doubt. The bars in that square are pretty fun too. HSU looks like it could be my destination for a transfer school, having lived up in Eureka and gone to JC there, it'd be alright. I might head down to Cal Poly-SLO as well.
That plaza is full of nutty people though. They never bother me, but its fun to watch them tweaking out. Really funny.

-Copa


25 EMA747 : I have felt safe whenever I have been in Copenhagen. Yea Singapore is very safe I think. How about Hong Kong? I have been there quite a few times and
26 Post contains images TheSonntag : I agree 100%, when I lived there I always felt safe. However... My bike was stolen in Viborg, during the day. So nobody is perfect
27 NZKTBOY : norfolk island if u take any thing theres no were to go u cant sell it and everybody KNOWS who u are!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
28 KiwiinOz : Very safe, but probably not as much as Singapore. Still a lot of gang related crime. I guess if you don't own racehorses it wouldn't be a problem
29 Post contains images Doona : My town of Lund here in Sweden is fairly safe. The cops here busy themselves with throwing drunken students in the lock-up to sober up, but other than
30 ArniePie : For the big cities I would say TOKYO and the KOBE/OSAKA/NAGOYA area are places you feel safe any time of the day. Also I must say that although not sa
31 Raffik : I was born and lived in Southend On Sea for 21 years. It was voted as the safest town in the United Kingdom last year. I know live in Nottingham, whic
32 Ag92 : Well the safest country could possibly be Singapore Being a resident at the age of 14 I can safely say that I have been traveling alone since I am 8 o
33 Aeroflot777 : San Francisco is a very safe city to live in. Crime rate is going down at the moment. Because it's pretty lively at night, many things are going on at
34 Superfly : The Tenderloin isn't dangerous. It's just dirty and has a lot of panhandlers and transvestites. All they'll do is beg for money. Nothing life threate
35 HUYguy : Lol, that made me laugh. We have Primark now, there's no excuse for wearing cheap trakkies! I personally wouldn't count Nottingham as North either, I
36 Post contains images EMA747 : So do I. You Southerners! lol I dont own any chavvy clothes at all. I have to agree with you though that it is pretty chavvy. Friday and Saturday nig
37 QR332 : If all goes well, i'll be joining all you "Shottingham" residents in 9 months time. I've got my offer from the University of Nottingham, now I just ne
38 Post contains links 767Lover : mmm, SF reported more instances of violent crime in 2006 than San Diego and San Jose, both of which are larger cities population-wise. Also, the crim
39 Post contains images Texan : Up here in rural Vermont it is the same way. Except that nobody else would be out at 0400 I have not heard of a crime being committed in this area si
40 Post contains images EMA747 : QR332, let me wish you an early welcome to Nottigham. Hope you get the grades for University of Nottingham, I am a Nottingham Trent student (the enemy
41 Raffik : It'll be a pleasure to have you join us! Please don't read any of the misguided, headline grabbing stories and statistics that the media throw around
42 DALelite : Basel/Switzerland is somewhat safe... San Juan/Pueto Rico is somewhat safe... these are places i know... but there are many others... find peace: DALe
43 Aeroflot777 : I don't know, I guess I'm wrong them. But about a month ago, all news stations we're reporting a decrease in crime rate from last year. Aeroflot777
44 EMA747 : Couldnt agree more.
45 Post contains links Max999 : According to the FBI, New York City is the safest large city in the US. http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/14910822/
46 Cory6188 : Hanover, NH, where I go to Dartmouth, is about as safe as you can get. In fact, they only put locks on the dorm buildings in like 2003 because student
47 Ba757gla : what about glasgow? with all them third world areas in the north and east of the city have you seen possilpark and garthamlock! jesus there a wreck !
48 AirframeAS : How? Its a factually true statement. You're just in denial, man. You can still get assaulted in the smallest town you can think of. But then again, I
49 Post contains images CPH813 : Ah well I have gotten my bike stolen once as well But that was also because I didn't lock it :P
50 Eaglekeeper101 : I currently live in a small village called Methwold in southern Norfolk. After 21 months here, I'm still waiting for something - ANYTHING - to happen!
51 QR332 : Thanks guys! I'm hoping to be able to come to Nottingham, but my insurance is the University of Manchester, so if I don't get the grades I want I sti
52 Cxsjr : I have to say that I'm surprised that Japan as a country has not featured here so far .... I've been there 3 times in the last four years and have to
53 QXRamperMEII : I've lived in Baltimore MD, Tucson AZ, Seattle WA and Portland OR, and of the four I say Portland is the safest, hands down. I live downtown and walk
54 Post contains links and images JeepBoy : The safest town I have been to would have to be where my parents have retired in Coral Cove. You can watch whales in the arfternoon, play a round of g
55 Itsjustme : Being a little harsh, aren't we? I'm curious to know of any place that can boast a zero crime rate.
56 Cedars747 : Most if not all towns in Norway are safe Alex!!!
57 Raffik : I heard that Tromso has the worst crime records in Western Europe?
58 Post contains images Cedars747 : Alex!!!
59 Raffik : Habibi Ana budhy inta
60 Cedars747 : Ash................... Alex!!!
61 Kay : Vienna, I'd say, is rather on the extremely safe side of this scale.. Is there some kind of chart? Kay
62 AirframeAS : Its quite ironic how my family immigranted from Norway in 1900. My understanding is that Tromso is a pretty small town.
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