The Law and Order Index from Gallup makes use of a worldwide survey to determine how (un)safe people feel and how much trust they have in the police and security services. Among other things, this survey asks whether people feel safe on the street alone at night, whether someone from the household has been robbed in the last year, and whether anyone has been attacked in the last year.
First of all, we must note that a good score can be interpreted in various ways. Singapore (1) and Uzbekistan (5) are police states where people might feel safe, but, certainly in the last 2 cases, are not regarded as bright examples for the free world. However, Norway (2), Iceland (3) and Finland (4) show that safety does not have to go hand in hand with repression.
With a 15th place, the Netherlands score significantly better than Belgium at place 42, but as this corresponds to a score of 88 against 83, it’s not clear how much safer the Dutch feel.