Some 22% of the world\u2019s largest cities are running high or extreme security threats to businesses, according to risk intelligence company Verisk Maplecroft. The most dangerous cities are Kabul, Mogadishu, Cali, Sanaa, Port-au-Prince and Aleppo, but Verisk said very few countries are immune from security risks with several European and US cities seeing a marked threat increase during the past year\r\n\r\nOf the 100 most dangerous cities in Verisk\u2019s security index, 33 are in the US, 33 in Africa, 19 in Asia, 14 in the Middle East and north Africa region, and one in Europe.\r\n\r\n\u201cPopulations and business will be confronted with acute challenges across the globe,\u201d Verisk says. \u201cThis research shows just how widespread the risks remain.\u201d\r\n\r\nUkraine\u2019s capital Kyiv now ranks as the riskiest city in Europe, driven by the country\u2019s conflict with Russia.\r\n\r\nShizuoka-Hamamatsu in Japan polls as the safest city worldwide, while eight other cities in Japan and Taiwan occupy spaces in the top ten. Zurich in Europe also makes the top ten list of safest cities. Oslo, Porto, Dublin, Rotterdam and Stockholm were ranked in Verisk\u2019s top 20 safest cities.\r\n\r\n\u201cLong-established security issues remain an important lens through which to understand business risk\u2026 companies must ensure that they have a strong grasp of the trends on the ground in cities core to their operations, if they are not to be blindsided by these developments,\u201d Verisk says.\r\n\r\nBut is adds that \u201cit is not as simple as just picking a region\u201d for businesses. \u201cSeveral European and North American cities have seen a marked increase in risk over the past year,\u201d driven by civil unrest, explains Verisk.\r\n\r\n\u201cTogether, the strain of the Covid-19 pandemic, soaring living costs and the impact of new political and social movements highlight the importance of a granular approach to assessing potential business disruption using geospatial risk data, alongside expert analysis,\u201d says Joseph Parkes, senior security analyst at Verisk Maplecroft. \u201cThe precipitous increase in risk in Ukraine following Russia\u2019s invasion also shows you can\u2019t discount the impact of geopolitical upheaval,\u201d he adds.\r\n\r\nVerisk\u2019s Cities@Risk Security Index, which factors in crime, terrorism, civil unrest and conflict, found that more than 75% of 579 cities with a population in excess of one million face significant challenges from at least one of the four key indices. But Verisk says crime is the most pervasive security threat facing urban populations and businesses.\r\n\r\n\u201cCompanies with global operations must continue to assess their exposure to longstanding security risks such as crime, even as novel threats like climate change and the Covid-19 pandemic rightly move up the agenda,\u201d says Parkes.\r\n\r\nLatin America is home to 62 of the 100 cities most affected by crime, led by Medellin, Rio de Janeiro and Mexico City. Elsewhere, Cape Town and Johannesburg in South Africa, Baltimore and Memphis in the US, as well as Baghdad in Iraq, were all rated as carrying extreme risk of crime.\r\n\r\n\u201cUS cities perform particularly poorly in comparison to their developed economy peers,\u201d Verisk says. There is \u201ca discrepancy between US cities and their high-income European and east Asian peers\u201d, the report adds.\r\n\r\nUkrainian cities Kyiv, Kharkiv and Odessa recorded the sharpest increases in risk on Verisk\u2019s conflict intensity index. Kyiv ranked as the 14th riskiest city for conflict. \u201cUkraine\u2019s staunch defence \u2013 underwritten by weapon transfers from western partners \u2013 prevented the city\u2019s fall into Russian hands, but the toll is reflected in its deteriorating risk score,\u201d Verisk says.