Yishun North has been identified as the most crime-prone estate in Singapore, according to a study conducted by financial research analysts ValuePenguin.
The analysis relied on crime data recorded by Neighbourhood Police Centres and compiled by the Singapore Police Force from 2012 to 2016.
Research analyst William Hoffman then identified five districts with the least amount of crimes reported and five others that are more prone to criminal activities.
The neighbourhood rankings take into account a wide range of crimes including robbery, housebreaking, snatch theft, motor vehicle theft, unlicensed moneylending and unlicensed moneylending harassment.
The five safest estates are:
The five more crime-prone estates are:
Here is a table:
|Rank||Neighbourhood||No. of Crimes 2016||Average No. of Crimes (2012 - 2016)|
|11||Bukit Merah West||125||212.2|
|14||Ang Mo Kio South||134||233.6|
|17||Bukit Merah East||140||260.8|
|22||Ang Mo Kio North||178||283.6|
|30||Choa Chu Kang||245||385.6|
There are a few limitations with the available data though.
For a start, it does not allow for simple population or geographic area standardisation.
As a result, this study could not be about crime per person or per square meter of area.
Instead, this required the study to be based on the total number of crimes committed in each planning area.
But the data still gives a sense of how unlikely it is to encounter a crime in each neighbourhood?
The good news, though, is that crime has been on a downward trend in Singapore since 2015:
Top photo via Yishun North NPC