Planning a vacation or business trip? If you are, it’s always better to know as much as you can about the place you are visiting. In addition to learning the local culture and tradition and a smattering of the local language, it’s also good to be aware of the crime rate at that location. This could be very useful, as it will help you avoid spots known for crimes such as snatch theft, mugging, kidnapping or even murder. For your safety, here’s a quick look at some of the most dangerous cities in the world.
Vitória da Conquista – A municipality in Brazil, Vitória da Conquista is one of the oldest cities in the country. It is a hub for coffee plantation, medical services and commerce. With rapid development, the city’s crime rate has also increased. Homicide rate is 60 murders per 100,000 people.
St. Louis – The second largest city in Missouri state, St. Louis is located on the western bank of Mississippi River. The city is a hub for manufacturing, tourism, trade, services and transportation. St. Louis has the highest homicide rate in United States at around 65 per 100,000 people. Murders and property related crimes are among the most common in St. Louis.
Caracas – The capital of Venezuela and the largest city in the country, Caracas has a homicide rate of approximately 75 murders per 100,000 people. The police administration seems weak in the city, as many of the violent crimes like murder go unsolved. As per estimates, almost 98% of the violent crimes in the city are unresolved. Several countries including US and Britain have issued travel warnings for those planning to visit Caracas.
Cape Town – The legislative capital of South Africa, Cape Town is the second most populated city in the country. Cape Town is a popular tourist destination, as it has abundant natural beauty. It is also an economic hub with industries such as business services, finance, and transport and logistics. However, Cape Town is also known for its high crime rate. This is primarily due to gang wars between drug cartels. Murder rate in the city is 77 per 100,000 people.
Tijuana – Located in Mexico, Tijuana is the 6th largest city in the country. Reports reveal that Tijuana is one of the hubs for drug trafficking and human trafficking in Mexico. Fights between rival gangs are quite common, which often leads to deaths and injuries. As per 2019 data, Tijuana had the world’s highest homicide rate of 134 murders per 100,000 people. Mexico has several other cities that are considered dangerous such as Juarez, Uruapan, Irapuato, Acapulco and Obregon.