A common question I am asked by Americans, and especially those who have never been to Saudi Arabia is, “How safe is Saudi Arabia?” Speaking candidly, I actually felt safer and more secure in Saudi Arabia than many other places where I have lived to include America. I’m not denying that there are zero threats in Saudi Arabia, but when you look at the big picture and greater likelihoods of threat to an individual’s safety, there remains less crime, sale and/or use of drugs, gangs, theft or home invasions in Saudi Arabia than USA.
According to the Crime in America web site, there are 774,000 gang members and 27,900 gangs active in the United States. Crime in America has reported that 25 million individuals have used an illicit drug. Violence continues to increase each year in America’s schools. The composition in America continues to change with the influx of different ethnic groups, especially Hispanic and latino. The Homeless of America continue to increase and may still increase if economic reforms and creation of new jobs does not take effect soon.
In Saudi Arabia fewer homes are less likely to have a security alarm system than the number of homes in America. Risks of home invasion and/or burglary increase in Saudi Arabia if a residence is in a remote and secluded area. The esterahah, which is like a simple small farm, is typically located on the outskirts of city areas and where residents go on weekends to relax. To minimize the risk of a home invasion or burglary, individuals who live in more remote and private areas will be more likely to have an alarm system as compared to the many residents who live within cities and in compounds or private villas.
Another factor which has an impact towards lower crime in Saudi Arabia than America is also the penalties for committing certain crimes in the Kingdom. The sale or use of drugs holds a stiff penalty – death. Thievery and home invasion have steep penalties too. Saudi schools do not have the police presence or metal detectors to ensure that students are not being allowed into the school with dangerous weapons such as at some schools now in America.
In regards to terrorism, such as being targeted by Al Qaida, Al Qaida is less likely to go after a single individual. Saudi Arabia takes the protection of its citizens, both Saudi nationals and expatriate workers, very seriously. All compounds have security. Many compounds have multiple layers of security. Most compounds are protected by soldiers from the Saudi Arabian National Guard.
In conclusion, threats are everywhere and the range of threats is great. And I do not think one should be fearful of pursuing an opportunity in Saudi Arabia.
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