Dhaka stood as the world’s fifth least safe city on the Economist Intelligence Unit’s (EIU) safe cities index this year, as “the city fared poorly on digital security, health security, infrastructure security and personal security indicators.”
The four cities ranking below Dhaka are Karachi (Pakistan), Yangon (Myanmar), Caracas (Venezuela), and Lagos (Nigeria) respectively.
Last year, Dhaka ranked third from the bottom.
In infrastructure security category of the ranking, the capital of Bangladesh ranked on the second last position.
The Safe Cities Index 2019 is a report from The Economist Intelligence Unit, sponsored by NEC Corporation.
The report ranks 60 cities across 57 indicators.
The top five cities on the index are: Tokyo (Japan), Singapore, Osaka (Japan), Amsterdam (Netherlands) and Sydney (Australia).
Findings from the index were supplemented with wide-ranging research and in-depth interviews with experts in the field, according to the report.
Six cities in the Asia Pacific moved into the top 10 in the index this year. Besides Tokyo, Singapore, Osaka and Sydney, the others are are Seoul (South Korea) in eighth place and Melbourne (Australia) in 10th.
Other cities on the list are are Washington DC (USA) in seventh and Copenhagen (Denmark) which tied with Seoul for eighth place.
A total of 10 new indicators were added this year, including the existence and speed of emergency services, the existence of a disaster plan and the ability to defend infrastructure against cyber-attacks, the report added.