The Safest Neighbourhoods in Singapore

Singapore, which ranked second in the Economist's 2017 Safe Cities Index, has a great reputation as a safe place. But how safe is each neighbourhood within Singapore? In this study, we analysed the safety of each neighbourhood and ranked neighbourhoods by the amount of crimes reported.

Singapore is Getting Safer: Overall Crime Trend is Improving

In general, Singapore has become a safer place over time. For example, the crime rate has decreased by 15% on the island in the last decade, which is a very positive sign for residents. However, crime rates vary greatly by neighbourhood. How does your neighbourhood compare to others in terms of safety?

Singapore Crime Rate 2005 to 2017 per 100,000 population

5 Safest Neighbourhoods

To help you determine the relative safety of your neighbourhood we compiled and analysed 5 years of the most recent crime data available, and ranked neighbourhoods based on the most recent data for total number of crimes reported. The types of crimes included in our analysis include robbery, housebreaking, snatch theft, motor vehicle theft, and unlicensed moneylending and unlicensed moneylending harassment.

According to our analysis, the safest 5 neighbourhoods in Singapore were Bukit Timah, Bishan, Kampong Java, Marine Parade, and Sembawang. These neighbourhoods are all centrally located, aside from Sembawang. Additionally, they were all frequently among the top 5 safest neighbourhoods each year.

Safest Neighbourhoods in Singapore

1. Bukit Timah

Bukit Timah is a great place to live due to the low levels of crime in the area. The neighbourhood had the lowest number of crimes reported from 2012 to 2016 and did not have a single robbery or snatch theft reported in 2016. Furthermore, Bukit Timah has become increasingly safer in recent years, with total number of crimes declining 43% from 2012 to 2016.

2. Bishan

Bishan is another very safe neighbourhood of Singapore. For example, there were no reports of snatch theft or unlicensed moneylending in 2016. Additionally, its proximity to parks and the central business district make this a very attractive neighbourhood for residents.

3. Kampong Java

The Kampong Java neighbourhood has become significantly safer in recent years, making it now one of the safest neighbourhoods in Singapore. From 2014 to 2016, crime in the area dropped by 38%. Robberies and house break-ins decreased from 15 and 13 cases in 2013 to 2 and 3 cases in 2016, respectively. Car owners can also enjoy peace of mind as there was just one incident of car theft in 2016, down from 17 in 2012.

4. Marine Parade

Marine Parade is also a very safe neighbourhood. During the 5 years from 2012 to 2016, Marine Parade experienced an average of 106 crimes per year, while the average neighbourhood reported approximately 260 crimes annually.

5. Sembawang

Sembawang, which is one of the more affordable neighbourhoods in Singapore is also a very safe area. This northern neighbourhood experienced no robberies or snatch thefts and just one car theft in 2016.

5 Neighbourhoods with the Most Crimes Reported

While the average number of crimes reported decreased in nearly every neighbourhood in Singapore, some neighbourhoods remain more prone to criminal activities than others. We found that the most crimes were reported in Yishun North, Nanyang, Jurong West, Tampines and Woodlands East. Additionally, we found that the neighbourhoods with the most amount of crime tended to remain in the top 5 for crimes reported from year to year.

5 Neighbourhoods with the Most Crimes Reported

1. Yishun North

In 2016, Yishun North recorded the highest number of crimes in Singapore. The neighbourhood only had 1 reported robbery and 1 incident of snatch theft; however, it was plagued by loan sharks. In 2016, Yishun North had the highest number of moneylending harassment cases, with 232 reported in the area.

2. Nanyang

The Nanyang ward experienced the second most crime from 2012 through 2016. In particular, the neighbourhood had the most reported cases of unlicensed money lending, with 76 reported in 2016. Additionally, there were more cases of outrage of modesty reported in Nanyang (46) than most other areas in Singapore. With that said, the positive news is that crime has decreased by 61% in Nanyang following a spike in reported crimes in 2013.

3. Jurong West

Jurong West also struggled with crime in recent years. In 2016, the area had 49 cases of outrage of modesty and 8 housebreak-ins. However, the data suggests that there is some reason to be optimistic as crime in the neighbourhood has declined in every year since 2010.

4. Tampines

Tampines has also experienced more crime than most neighbourhoods in Singapore. For example, it had the second most snatch thefts (6), third most robberies (7) and 3 most unlicensed moneylending harassment cases (186) in 2016. It also averaged the third most car thefts from 2012 to 2016 with 17.8 per year.

5. Woodlands East

Despite having just one robbery and 2 house break-ins in 2016, Woodlands East has the fourth most crime reported among neighbourhoods in Singapore. This is because the area is particularly burdened by moneylending harassment (185 cases in 2016) and car theft (9 cases reported in 2016).

Safest Neighbourhoods in Singapore

RankNeighbourhoodNumber of Crimes 2016Average Number of Crimes (2012 - 2016)
1Bukit Timah5169.4
3Kampong Java76127.4
4Marine Parade80106.0
6Marina Bay96118.0
9Bedok South111190.0
11Bukit Merah West125212.2
13Jurong East132235.4
14Ang Mo Kio South134233.6
16Pasir Ris139253.6
17Bukit Merah East140260.8
20Yishun South145184.8
21Toa Payoh161281.4
22Ang Mo Kio North178283.6
23Bukit Panjang200304.2
24Woodlands West202258.6
25Bukit Batok205332.0
27Bedok North227420.8
30Choa Chu Kang245385.6
31Woodlands East259430.4
33Jurong West275391.0
35Yishun North284327.6


In order to determine the safest neighbourhoods within Singapore, our analysis relied on crime data recorded by Neighbourhood Police Centres and compiled by the Singapore Police Force. Our neighbourhood rankings take into account a wide range of crimes including robbery, housebreaking, snatch theft, motor vehicle theft, unlicensed moneylending and unlicensed moneylending harassment.

There are a few limitations with the available data. First, it does not allow for simple population or geographic area standardisation. This required our study to be based on the total number of crimes committed in each planning area, rather than crime per person or per square meter of area. Still, the data gives a sense of how likely it is to encounter a crime in each neighbourhood.


Singapore Police Force:

  • Compilation of Unlicensed Moneylending (UML) Cases & Harassment (2012 - 2016)
  • Compilation of Five Preventable Crimes (5Ps) (2012 - 2016)
  • Crime Cases Recorded, Annual (2012 - 2016)
William Hofmann

William is a Product Manager at ValueChampion Singapore, helping consumers and SMEs find the best banking products through comprehensive analysis of data. He previously was an Economic Consultant at Industrial Economics Inc, where he conducted a variety of research and economic analyses. He graduated from University of Vermont with degrees in Economics and Psychology. His work has been featured on a variety of major media such as the Straits Times, the Business Times, the Edge, DailySocial, the Entrepreneur and more.

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