EMA747 From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2006, 1171 posts, RR: 1 Posted (9 years 1 month 14 hours ago) and read 1972 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.
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Kaddyuk From Wallis and Futuna, joined Nov 2001, 4126 posts, RR: 23
Reply 2, posted (9 years 1 month 14 hours ago) and read 1964 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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PlymSpotter From Spain, joined Jun 2004, 12094 posts, RR: 58
Reply 4, posted (9 years 1 month 14 hours ago) and read 1950 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.
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.
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Skidmarks From UK - England, joined Dec 2004, 7121 posts, RR: 53
Reply 5, posted (9 years 1 month 14 hours ago) and read 1940 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.
CPH813 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (9 years 1 month 13 hours ago) and read 1886 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.
Pelican From Germany, joined Apr 2004, 2533 posts, RR: 7
Reply 9, posted (9 years 1 month 12 hours ago) and read 1860 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.
ME AVN FAN From Algeria, joined May 2002, 13937 posts, RR: 23
Reply 10, posted (9 years 1 month 12 hours ago) and read 1860 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.
QR332 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (9 years 1 month 12 hours ago) and read 1845 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.
ZKSUJ From New Zealand, joined May 2004, 7201 posts, RR: 11
Reply 16, posted (9 years 1 month 9 hours ago) and read 1762 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
Bushpilot From South Africa, joined Jul 2007, 0 posts, RR: 1
Reply 21, posted (9 years 1 month 4 hours ago) and read 1671 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.
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.
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.
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