Let’s face it. Crime is everywhere we go. Some of us would like to think that the world that we live in is a magical and peaceful place to be, but we would be lying to ourselves to think that. It is hard to imagine how one human being could possibly harm another human being, but it happens every day and the rate of crime in some cities is unbelievable. In some cities around the world, major crimes are so common that people are afraid to leave their homes, and rightfully so. In most of these crime-infested cities, neighborhood gangs have taken over and drugs have become a huge issue. Research has shown that Latin America is currently dominating lists of the most crime infested-cities, having 41 spots out of the top 50 crime-infested cities in the entire world.
There are some parts of the world that are worse off when it comes to crime than other parts of the world. Some research indicates that there is a relationship between poverty and crime, stating that being in poverty leads people to do some pretty horrible things in order to get what they need. Other research indicates that expansions of drug markets are to blame for the increase in crime. Both of these things could most certainly cause an uprise in crimes, but the question remains: which parts of the world have the highest rates of crime? In this article we will go over the top 15 most crime infested cities from all around the world.
15. Caracas, Venezuela
Caracas, Venezuela is taking the top our list since it is said to currently be the absolute most crime-infested city in all of the world right now. Caracas, the capital of Venezuela, has been named the most violent city in the world; with over three million inhabitants, it has approximately 119 homicides per 100 thousand residents. That’s a really high number. The people who reside here are typically afraid to leave their homes and go outside for any reason, and it is easy to see why that may be. These crimes seem to have escalated with the collapse of the economy there and the widespread hunger problem. It is also said that the state security agencies tend to only ignore crime, but commit them as well, which contributes highly to the number of crimes committed each year. Caracas is also the world’s fifth largest oil provider, so despite its high rates of crime, it is also a very important and valuable city.
14. St Louis, Missouri
St Louis, Missouri, a major US city located along the Mississippi river with a population of 319,000, is best known for its arch; but, did you know that there are 59 homicides here per 100,000 residents? It turns out that St Louis is actually one of the most crime-infested cities in the world with things like r*pe, murder, non-negligent manslaughter, armed robbery, and aggravated assault all being very common here. Property crimes in St Louis, such as theft and robbery, totalled 2,537 in 2015, and violent crimes totalled 486 in 2015. This city is said to have the second highest homicide rate in all of the United States, but does not have as high a crime rate as some other American cities
13. San Pedro Sula, Honduras
San Pedro Sula, Honduras was the murder capital of the world until 2016, when Caracas, Venezuela passed it. Not only do they have an average of 108 homicides per 100,000 residents with about three homicides a day, but this city is also a major distribution point in the drug trade. With a census population of 719,063, it is the nation’s primary industrial center and second largest city. Honduras had suffered a ton of damage when Hurricane Mitch rolled through, and it is said that, as one of the poorest countries in Latin America, they have not yet been able to fully recover. What makes the recovery efforts worse is that the gang activity here makes it nearly impossible for people to leave the gang-controlled neighborhoods that they reside in. Between the high amounts of gang activity, the drug trade, and the poor economy here, this is a very dangerous city to live in.
12. Baltimore, Maryland
Baltimore, Maryland is a common place for people on the east coast of the United States to visit. There is a population of 622,000 people and the crime here, according to research, has gone up a whole six percent since last year and now has a homicide rate of 54 people per 100,000 residents. This city is now plagued by drugs and has been ranked in the top United States cities for all violent crimes. The crimes here seem to be highest in the areas of the city that are higher in poverty. There is a National Aquarium here that people from all over the country travel to see and it seems to be a very popular hotspot for tourism. In an effort to reduce crime, in 2014, a curfew was put into place stating that all children under the age of 14 years old could not be on the streets after 9 p.m and children ages 14 to 17 could not be on the streets after 10 p.m in hopes to keep them out of dangerous places and situations.
11. San Salvador, El Salvador
San Salvador, El Salvador translates to “holy savior” in English, which does not seem to be a very fitting name, seeing as how the homicide rates here are very high: 108 homicides per 100,000 residents, and the homicide extortion is also at high rates. This city is run by gangs, who contribute to the amount of social violence. You would think that since San Salvador is the country’s political, cultural, educational and financial center, that crime would be relatively low, but that has not seemed to stop the gangs from taking over. San Salvador has a population of about 282,000 people and despite the high rate of crime, it still attracts plenty of tourists who love to go visit the Metrocentro mall, which is said to be the largest shopping mall in all of Central America. So, if you can get past the grimy conditions and uncontrollable violence that occurs here, then it might be a nice place to visit some day.
10. Detroit, Michigan
Detroit is a city in Michigan, and is arguably one of the most violent cities in the United States. One of the most common problems that this city faces is arson, but like any other crime-infested city, it also faces many issues with violent crimes. Detroit is said to have 46 homicides per 100,000 residents, which has actually decreased since the 1970s. It still has a total violent crime of 1,749 and a total property crime of 4,070 in 2015.
Detroit has a population of just over 670,000 people and has been given the nickname “the Motor City.” Despite the high rate of crimes here, it is known to be one of the most popular cities in the United States to visit. Some notable famous people that were born in Detroit are Kid Rock, Madonna, Alice Cooper, and Eminem, just to name a few of them.
9. Acapulco, Mexico
Acapulco, Mexico with a population of about 674,000 people, has been named the murder capital of Mexico, with a whopping 104 homicides per 100,000 residents, bringing in about twelve thousand murders in just a six-month period. This city, like many others on this list, is run by its neighborhood gangs. The gangs here are made of up of skilled men with specific skill sets, such as extortionists, kidnappers, car thieves, and assassins. However, all that being said, Acapulco is also a beach resort town located on Mexico’s Pacific coast and is known for having a lively nightlife, beautiful beaches, and golf, but what once seemed to be like the perfect getaway for many people to vacation at has since turned into a bloody war zone and is now named the fourth most violent and dangerous city in the entire world.
8. New Orleans, Louisiana
Another popular city in the United States, New Orleans, Louisiana is home of the infamous Mardi Gras. Although it is a popular city, it was ranked in the top 28 cities in the entire world for its high rate crimes. In New Orleans, it said that there about 41 murders per every 100,000 residents. In fact, in 2011 there were 16,761 total crimes. 200 of them were murders, 163 of them were forcible r*pes, and 14,013 of them were property crimes. In 2005, New Orleans was struck by Hurricane Katrina, which devastated the community and left many without homes and at least 1500 people dead. Although the efforts to restore the city back to its original glory have helped, there is still damage left behind from the hurricane today.
7. Palmira, Colombia
Palmira, Colombia, home to 350,000 people, has had 71 homicides per 100,000 residents, with as many as 59 murders occurring in a six-month period. The violence here is associated with disputes between organizations dedicated to micro trafficking. Although, crime here does seem to be down 46 percent since last year. The original increase in murders prompted the arrival of reinforcements from the police and brought focus to combined social and police work in the affected communities, which seems to have been working, because ever since then, the crime rates have been steadily dropping. Although, it still remains a pretty dangerous city to be in, while it does seem to be improving greatly. Palmira can be a nice destination for travel, but despite the decrease in crimes, it is not completely safe and tourists should always err on the side of caution when travelling to such a dangerous place.
6. Kingston, Jamaica
Kingston, the capital of Jamaica, located on the southeast coast of Jamaica is home to 666,000 people. In Kingston, Jamaica, there are about 41 homicides per 100,000 people and there were 1,674 murders in 2015 alone.
The majority of the population of Kingston is of African descent and minority ethnic reports also include, East Indians and Chinese who originally came to the country as servants in the 19th century. The Chinese that live there now play a huge role in the retail markets in downtown Kingston. This city also has the National Gallery of Jamaica, Hope Zoo, Hope Botanical Gardens, and Port Royal, with many more mentionable attractions. It is a nice destination for vacation, if you choose the right area of the city.
5. Cape Town, South Africa
Cape Town, South Africa is said to have one of the highest rates of r*pe and assault. It has a murder rate of about 65 homicides per 100,000 residents. The most common crimes committed here are street muggings and pickpocketing, as well as daily carjackings and theft from the middle class people who reside here. It has a population of 434,000 people and tends to be a very popular tourist destination due to its good climate, natural setting, and well-developed infrastructure. Clifton beach in Cape Town has become the city’s most visited tourist attraction and it is easy to see why. With gorgeous blue waters and white sand, it looks like the perfect relaxation spot. It makes us wonder how such a beautiful and well-populated area that attracts so many tourists throughout the year became the center of so much crime and violence.
4. Tijuana, Mexico
South of the California is a border city in Mexico called Tijuana. Tijuana had 910 homicides in 2016 alone and remains on the most crime-infested cities in entire world. Currently one of the fastest-growing metropolitan areas in Mexico, it has a population of 1,696,923 and the city has become a leading center in the country for economics, education, culture, art, and politics, despite its incredibly high rates of crime. The city was founded in 1889 and was nicknamed “the gateway to Mexico.” Tijuana is also said to rely heavily on tourism as a major source of revenue and is said to have about 300,000 visitors each year. Tijuana is also the birthplace of the Tijuana Cartel and has experienced a very high level of violent crimes due to extreme gang activity as a result of the Mexican Drug War and human trafficking.
3. Maceio, Brazil
Maceio is located on the east coast of Brazil and has a population of 932,000 people and more than 2,000 of them are killed every year, making the homicide rate 56 homicides per 100,000 residents. Protected by an offshore reef, the coast is lined with white sand beaches, the beach is lined with palm trees, and there are beach kiosks and water sports set up throughout. All of these things seem to make for one of the most perfect tourist destinations, since it is such a pretty sight to see. Travel should not be too risky as the crime rates here are not nearly as high as some of the aforementioned cities, but travellers should still be on the lookout when vacationing here and always be very careful. Although this might not be the most dangerous city in the world, it still managed to make the top 15.
2. Guatemala City, Guatemala
The Guatemalan Civil War began in 1960, and resulted in over 200,000 deaths, leading civilians today to be so accustomed to violence that things like murder, r*pe, assault, drug trade, and theft have become everyday occurrences. The city, which is the capital of Guatemala, had a population of 2.1 million people in 2012, but now has a population of just over 3.3 million people making it one of the most populated urban areas in Central America. Guatemala City is nestled in a mountain valley called Valle de la Ermita. Other than the crime that occurs here, another reason that people might be turned off from going to this city is that four volcanoes are visible, and two of them are active. The city also experiences frequent large earthquakes.
1. Obregon, Mexico
Obregon, Mexico has a population of 405,000 people and contains many tourist attractions such as, Nainari Lagoon, Ostimuri Children’s Park, and Yaqui Museum. There are 28 homicides here per 100,000 residents and because of this, a travel warning has been put out warning people that the criminals in Obregon do specifically target tourists. This is a result of gun battles taking place between rival criminal organizations. Police once recovered upwards of 2,000 bullets lying in the streets in the course of one day and they say that the drug activity here is also at an all-time high.The primary activities in the city are agriculture, industry, cattle farming, fishing, commerce, aquaculture, and tourism, with agriculture being the primary activity. The city was previously named Cajeme, but was later changed when Álvaro Obregón became president of Mexico after the revolution.
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