The Safe City Index 2017, conducted by The Economist, ranks the Financial Centre Frankfurt 4th in Europe and 11th globally, in a comparison of 60 cities. The Financial Centre Frankfurt scored top ratings in the categories health, digital security and personal security on a European, as well as on a global scale, ratings which are clear indications of a successful security concept developed by Frankfurt.
In the health category, Frankfurt counts among the top three cities, placed right behind Tokyo and Osaka; thus, first in Europe. Meaning, there is no other European city which offers their citizens a better public health system than Frankfurt. The study’s authors were convinced by the equipment of the hospitals, the efficiency of emergency services as well as the network of care facilities. The multitude of parks and green spaces, as well as the high quality of water, lifted Frankfurt to a high ranking within the sub-field of environment.
Frankfurt’s digital security concept has clearly evolved since 2015
Through the ever increasing utilization of intelligent technologies, cities are clearly growing to be smart cities. The central question within the category remains, despite all of the safety advantages of this trend, how cities are securing themselves against hacker attacks and the failure of complex technological systems.
The city gained seven spots within this category in comparison to the Safe Cities Index 2015. The improvement in this category illustrates, that Frankfurt has recognized the challenges posed by digitization regarding security and that it applies increasingly successful measures. Frankfurt reaches the 3rd position in a European and ranks 16th globally.
One more Frankfurt-related stereotype that is no longer applicable
Frankfurt is not dangerous. The study again refutes the outdated and persistent stereotype of the Main Metropolis regarding personal security. After all, ranked 3rd in Europe and 11th globally, Frankfurt achieved a particularly high ranking regarding personal security. If the statistic were to be adjusted by leaving out such crimes that were committed at the airport, then Frankfurt would surely rank even higher. The study results regarding personal security do however go beyond the topic of crime rate and identify terrorism as the currently biggest challenge for global cities in achieving personal security. In this respect, too, the concept developed by Frankfurt convinces the The Economist‘s Safe Cities Index team.
The study attests a successful as well as integral security concept to Frankfurt
As the Safe Cities Index indicates, the considered categories cannot be regarded as separate, but are in fact deeply influencing and dependent on one another. Thus, the success of a security concept hinges on it being integral as well as considering all of the mentioned sectors and categories. Certainly, a challenge that cities will have to address considering the areas of tension of regional and local particularities, global developments and threat scenarios as well as limited financial resources regarding the cooperation with federal and international institutions, challenges that they will have to champion for the purpose of the protection and welfare of their citizens. Frankfurt’s high ranking at position 11 in the overall ranking and the respective 5th position among European cities clearly shows, that Frankfurt has recognized the need for a comprehensive understanding of security and that the implementation of an integral security concept was successful. In the overall rankings, London (20), Paris (24) and Milan (25) all scored lower.