As you may have noticed, we always strive to recommend awesome places for you to visit but today, we are going to explore a totally different aspect of the world. We are going to dig into the most dangerous cities in the world in terms of major crimes (homicide, rape, etc). Of course, this does not mean that if you visit the following places, you are going to get killed, but it never hurts to know where to watch your back. Always travel with an open mind but with an intact and informed one! So, without further ado, let’s see what the world has to offer in terms of criminal misconduct.
Cali, the capital of the Valle del Cauca department of Colombia, is the first one to enter the competition with its 64.27 homicides per 100,000 inhabitants. Although this may not seem much if you are not acquainted properly with murder stats, it will add up once you do the math. If you look at Cali’s 2.4 million inhabitants, that’ll make up 1542.48 deaths by violence each year. And this is murder alone, not to mention rapes and other vandalisms. The USA has even raised a travel warning with the increased terrorist activity in the region. Although we never like to tell people where not to go, for the longing of the heart must never be thwarted, we do encourage each and every one of you to be cautious if you are travelling to Cali.
9. Cape Town:
In spite of the fact that Cape Town of South Africa is one of the most beautiful cities in the world, it does succumb to a high crime rate. Its stats reach 65.53 homicides per 100,000 inhabitants but, granted, they are mostly related to drugs. This means that as a tourist, you are a lot less likely to get killed due to the fact that most deaths happen during gang wars and operations.
Colombia re-enters the competition with the city of Palmira. Located but 17 kilometres from Cali, it is obvious why it reaches a staggering 70.88/100,000 crime rate. What we are trying to emphasize here is that the entirety of the Valle del Cauca Department of Colombia is dangerous to some degree. We advise caution and make sure you only travel if you know exactly what you are doing!
Venezuela enters the competition with its city of Valencia (the third largest city in the country). With a murder rate as high as 72.31 per 100,000 inhabitants, it is almost unwalkable at night. We advise all tourists to stay away from the slums and to try and cling to places that have police officers around.
6. Distrito Central:
We have all heard about how Honduras is the crime centre of the world. What this means is that it is generally located in a place where most drug trafficking routes converge. For this particular reason, areas like Distrito Central are especially dangerous. Murder rates there reach as high as 73.51 per 100,000 people.
It didn’t take us long to return to Venezuela. The city of Maturín (Monagas state) is the next one on our list with 86.45 homicides per 100,000 inhabitants. In spite of the fact that there are countless efforts to thwart gang operations and violent misconducts, crime rates are constantly increasing in the country. Maturín is also dangerous because it has a small population of just over 400,000 people. This means that you are more likely to find yourself in a sticky situation if you wander off the beaten path. If you do visit the place, always watch your back and dress “uninvitingly”.
Mexico’s Acapulco had been a renowned resort for the wealthy in the near past yet as the years passed, it degraded systematically into the crime cluster it is today. With a homicide rate of 104.73/100,000, it is officially the most dangerous place in all of Mexico. Its metropolitan population of just over 1 million suggests that it has about 1040 murders in a year. That means around 3.3 deaths every day!
3. San Salvador:
We haven’t heard of El Salvador yet but its capital, San Salvador, is, unfortunately, the third most violent city in the world. With a homicide rate of 108.54 per 100,000, it is not a tourists’ heaven by any means. Not even its tropical wet and dry climate makes up for what it lacks in personal security. If you do visit it and get mugged, just hand over your stuff without struggle to avoid further violence. Also, we recommend that you do not carry large amounts of money with you (these are general rules of thumb whenever you travel to places with high crime rates).
2. San Pedro Sula:
San Pedro Sula of Honduras has been the “Murder Capital of the World” until 2016 when the following contestant took its place. Now, it has a crime rate of 111.03/100,000 and a metropolitan population of over 1.4 million. San Pedro Sula owes that high rate to the fact that, like most of Honduras, it lies on the crossroads of all drug trafficking routes. Violent gang clashes are common and it is better not to get mingled with anything. If you do intend on visiting the city, watch your back as soon as you land for many people get robbed as soon as they get off their planes.
The capital of Venezuela is, unfortunately, the lamentable contestant that has outrun San Pedro Sula with its massive crime rate of 119.87 per 100,000 inhabitants. In fact, we can’t even guarantee that the aforementioned stats are 100% correct for the government no longer releases numbers. It has fallen to private firms to ascertain them by their own findings. Some estimations show that Venezuela, as a whole, has already reached 24,000 murders per year but nobody can say for sure. What’s certain, however, is that the police are heavily outnumbered and underarmed. Local drug lords and gangs hold sway over the slums and survival rates are low if you are in the wrong place. It is advised that you do not go out at night and that you avoid contact with suspicious people altogether. In spite of the agreeable weather, we must regrettably say that it is unadvised to travel to Caracas in its current state (since 95% of the murder cases remain unsolved). Since crime rates are only growing, we recommend that you elude Venezuela altogether until the dust clears a bit.