Toronto: Safest city in North America & 4th Safest in World

Posted by Nicholas Searle ot 12:44 PM

Toronto has consistently ranked as one of the most livable “big” cities in the world. The city also ranks very high for personal safety. In 2015 Toronto was ranked the 8th safest big city in the world, and new results from 2017, have pushed that higher to the 4th safest big city in the world (Economist Intelligence Unit rankings). Toronto is currently ranked the safest city in North America.

Here is the list of Top 10 safest cities in the world (2017):

  1. Tokyo.   2. Singapore   3. Osaka   4. Toronto   5. Melbourne

6. Amsterdam   7. Sydney   8. Stockholm   9. Hong Kong   10. Zurich


The Economist’s “Safe Cities Index 2017” ranks 60 of the worlds biggest cities across 49 indicators (including digital security, health security, infrastructure security and personal security) to provide a score out of 100.

Overall, Toronto scored 87.36 pts, only 2 points behind Tokyo, Japan (the safest city in the world at 89.8 pts.). The top three cities in the index are unchanged from 2015, namely Tokyo, Singapore and Osaka. Asian and European cities remain at the top of the index: No US city makes it into the top ten and only San Francisco appears in the top 20. Of the cities in the top ten positions in the overall index, four are Asian cities (Tokyo, Singapore, Osaka and Hong Kong), while three are European (Amsterdam, Stockholm and Zurich). America’s failing infrastructure is reflected in its cities’ rankings and no US city makes it into the top ten.


Digital and Personal Security.

Toronto ranked in the top 10 for Digital and Personal Security. Digital security assesses the ability of citizens to freely use the internet and other digital channels without fear of privacy violations or identity theft. The index also measures the frequency of identity theft and the estimated number of computers infected with a virus. Personal security considers how at-risk citizens are from crime, violence and other man-made threats. New sub-indicators were added this year assessing the threat of civil unrest, military, conflict and terrorism.

Toronto Police

Toronto Police service was the first municipal police service created in North America and one of the oldest police services in the English-speaking world. It is the largest municipal police service in Canada and third largest police force in Canada after the Ontario Provincial Police and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP).

Just like in any big cities there are less safe areas in Toronto but the city overall is considered quite safe. Walking or driving in the city we see police or police cars every day. There are police at many road construction sites and events in the city. Even though there are licensed security guards, Major League Baseball (MLB), the NBA and NHL requires stadiums to have a certain number of uniformed officers at all games. This is because police have more authority than security guards.

Off Duty Police Officers:

Off-duty police officers can be hired via a paid-duty system. Churches, licensed premises, film productions, funeral homes, retail stores and malls and special/sporting events all use paid “off-duty” officers. The largest sectors hiring these officers are the Ontario government, construction and utility companies.

Public Safety Data Portal: http://data.torontopolice.on.ca/

This website launched by city police provides Toronto crime stats and data for various neighbourhoods in the city. Statistics on major crime indicators, homicide, traffic, and fatal collisions are available in “The Public Safety Data Portal”. The website allows users to filter results based on date and neighbourhood, with available statistics dating back to 2004.

Safety in High Schools:

The controversial “School Resource Officer (SRO) Program” is a partnership between Toronto Police Service and various Toronto School Boards, setup to establish and maintain a healthy and safe school community, SRO works in partnership with students, teachers, school administrators, school boards, parents, other police officers and the community. Ongoing training and ongoing communication between the Toronto Police Services and the school boards continues to upgrade its efficiency and effectiveness. Officers are placed at the request of the school and there are currently 37 SROs who are assigned to 66 schools, although this system is subject to a current review.



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