Hong Kong’s ranking in global law and order index plunges from fifth place to 82nd on the heels of last year’s unrest

Hong Kong’s ranking in global law and order index plunges from fifth place to 82nd on the heels of last year’s unrest

Hong Kong’s ranking in a new index of public perceptions of law and order has dropped dramatically, plunging far below mainland China’s, putting the city’s sense of security and faith in its police force on par with the likes of Burkina Faso.

The 2020 Global Law and Order Index, conducted by the US-based advisory and analytics firm Gallup, measured people’s level of confidence in their police and their perceptions of personal security in 144 countries and regions around the world, scoring each on a 100-point scale.

Hong Kong’s score this year was 76 – below the global average of 82 – putting it in 82nd place worldwide, tied with Burkina Faso and Nepal.

The ranking represents a precipitous drop from 2018 – the last year Hong Kong was included – when the city scored a 91 on the index, clocking in at a respectable fifth place globally.While the index was published this year, its findings reflected respondents’ feelings last year, just as faith in Hong Kong’s police was being severely shaken by their handling of a massive anti-government protest movement sparked by a now-withdrawn extradition bill.