Can Americans live safely in Germany?
The United States of America is a dream location for many people, with mountains,
wildernesses, national parks, deserts, and possible road trips, making it a prime
location for tourists and residents. However, America as a state may not be as
peaceful as one would expect.
The Institute for Economics & Peace (IEP) releases an annual assessment of the Global
Peace Index. The index is based on several criteria, including internal conflicts,
Nuclear capability, Social security, the impact of terrorism, Condition of peace,
Number of violent deaths, and International relations. IEP rates 163 independent
territories and states based on its peace criteria. Based on the 2021 ranking,
the US was in the 122nd position.
Violence, gun crimes, mass shootings, police brutality, and environmental disasters
such as earthquakes, snowstorms, and hurricanes toll the US peace rating. Safety in
America is relative and depends on the area in question; overall, it ranks 122/163.
On the same measurement scale by the IEP, Germany ranked 17th in the Global Peace Index
out of 163 entries in 2021. Germany ranks in 11th position among European countries out
of 36 countries, making it a relatively safe country for its citizens and visitors.
However, it does not mean that there are no cases of theft or unrest; it only means that
the rate at which they occur is minimal.
Americans traveling to Germany should take extra care against bag snatchers and
pickpockets to avoid being a victim of theft. Pickpockets and bag snatchers carry on
their activities just like in other parts of the world. Essential security tips like
not leaving your bag unattended or leaving valuables in your bag can help reduce the
impact these activities have on Americans and other visitors to Germany. If you fall
victim to any of these schemes, visit the nearest police station to report the incident.