According to Legatum’s research, both the world at large and the United States in particular have indeed become more dangerous, with the United States ranking 33rd for safety and security, compared to 31st last year. But Americans fear more for their safety each day than people living in Egypt, Bangladesh, and Sudan — countries that suffer from regular terrorist attacks, civil unrest, and war.
Just what exactly Americans have to be so scared about isn’t exactly clear. According to the Legatum data, more than 73 percent of Americans said they feel safe walking alone at night, compared to the global average of 61.9 percent. And while 17 percent had property stolen in 2014, that was still below the global average of 17.5 percent.