the countries with the highest crime rates may surprise you. It’s a known fact that the modern world is everything but a safe place. But it’s shocking to see just how unsafe the world can be. On today’s list we are going to take a look around the world using the international homicide rate statistics. Based on the number of homicides per 100,000 inhabitants per year, these statistics will allow us to see which countries have the highest murder rates. Do you want to know which countries have a deal with the most murders?

 

Top 10 highest crime rate countries in the world 2019

 

1 El Salvador

Deeply affected by the long-term and devastating civil war (1979 – 1992), El Salvador is a Central American country and a home to about 6.3 million people. The extremely high homicide rate in this country is marked by the significant occurrence of gang-related crimes and juvenile delinquency. In 2004, for example, as much as 60% of the murders committed in Salvador were carried out by local gangs competing for power and territory.

 

Crime rates in San Salvador, El Salvador

Level of crime 88.24 Very High
Crime increasing in the past 3 years 75.00 High
Worries home broken and things stolen 62.50 High
Worries being mugged or robbed 77.45 High
Worries car stolen 73.08 High
Worries things from car stolen 78.85 High
Worries attacked 67.79 High
Worries being insulted 49.52 Moderate
Worries being subject to a physical attack because of your skin colour, ethnic origin or religion 22.17 Low
Problem people using or dealing drugs 62.98 High
Problem property crimes such as vandalism and theft 77.88 High
Problem violent crimes such as assault and armed robbery 86.73 Very High
Problem corruption and bribery 89.90 Very High

Safety in San Salvador, El Salvador

Safety walking alone during daylight 34.13 Low
Safety walking alone during night 8.65 Very Low

 

 

2 Honduras

Crime rates in La Ceiba, Honduras

Level of crime 84.09 Very High
Crime increasing in the past 3 years 72.73 High
Worries home broken and things stolen 75.00 High
Worries being mugged or robbed 79.55 High
Worries car stolen 50.00 Moderate
Worries things from car stolen 75.00 High
Worries attacked 72.73 High
Worries being insulted 45.45 Moderate
Worries being subject to a physical attack because of your skin colour, ethnic origin or religion 36.36 Low
Problem people using or dealing drugs 80.00 Very High
Problem property crimes such as vandalism and theft 77.50 High
Problem violent crimes such as assault and armed robbery 81.82 Very High
Problem corruption and bribery 90.91 Very High

Safety in La Ceiba, Honduras

Safety walking alone during daylight 20.45 Low
Safety walking alone during night 2.27 Very Low

 

According to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, Honduras, home to about 8.25 million people, has one of the highest homicide rate of all countries in the world. It once held the top spot for many years with a ghastly 86.5 average murder rate. That has dropped significantly, but only enough to bring it down to the second spot. It’s current rate is 56.52 murders per 100,000 people. Since Honduras is a popular holiday destination, tourists are often targeted as victims of various violent crimes.

 

3 Venezuela

Crime rates in Barquisimeto, Venezuela

Level of crime 95.83 Very High
Crime increasing in the past 3 years 91.67 Very High
Worries home broken and things stolen 88.64 Very High
Worries being mugged or robbed 97.73 Very High
Worries car stolen 95.45 Very High
Worries things from car stolen 88.64 Very High
Worries attacked 93.18 Very High
Worries being insulted 77.27 High
Worries being subject to a physical attack because of your skin colour, ethnic origin or religion 54.55 Moderate
Problem people using or dealing drugs 82.50 Very High
Problem property crimes such as vandalism and theft 95.45 Very High
Problem violent crimes such as assault and armed robbery 95.45 Very High
Problem corruption and bribery 100.00 Very High

Safety in Barquisimeto, Venezuela

Safety walking alone during daylight 11.36 Very Low
Safety walking alone during night 0.00 Very Low

 

Located on the northern coast of South America, Venezuela has been known as one of world’s major oil exporters but also as a country with pervasive and unusually high occurrence of homicides. Last year, only 19% of local residents felt safe when walking alone at night and they had a good reason for that – every year, more than 50 people out of 100,000 are killed in Venezuela and the number has been constantly growing over the last decades.

 

4 The Virgin Islands

Despite being a U.S. territory and a hot spot for tourism and cruises, the Virgin Islands rank at the top of the most violent islands in the Caribbean. This rate has increased each year from 32.9 in 2015 and now 49.26 in 2018.

Crime rates in St Croix, Us Virgin Islands

Level of crime 62.50 High
Crime increasing in the past 3 years 70.00 High
Worries home broken and things stolen 58.33 Moderate
Worries being mugged or robbed 62.50 High
Worries car stolen 50.00 Moderate
Worries things from car stolen 83.33 Very High
Worries attacked 43.75 Moderate
Worries being insulted 56.25 Moderate
Worries being subject to a physical attack because of your skin colour, ethnic origin or religion 33.33 Low
Problem people using or dealing drugs 56.25 Moderate
Problem property crimes such as vandalism and theft 81.25 Very High
Problem violent crimes such as assault and armed robbery 93.75 Very High
Problem corruption and bribery 66.67 High

Safety in St Croix, Us Virgin Islands

Safety walking alone during daylight 56.25 Moderate
Safety walking alone during night 18.75 Very Low

 

 

5 Jamaica

Occupying an area of 11,000 square kilometers (4,250 square miles), Jamaica is another representative of the Caribbean. For many years, the country has been notorious for having one of the world’s highest homicide rates. The latest statistics by United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime has confirmed it. The murders and violent crimes are particularly frequent in large cities such as Kingston, the capital. Crime rates in Kingston, Jamaica

Level of crime 76.09 High
Crime increasing in the past 3 years 77.17 High
Worries home broken and things stolen 61.41 High
Worries being mugged or robbed 66.85 High
Worries car stolen 60.33 High
Worries things from car stolen 68.18 High
Worries attacked 63.04 High
Worries being insulted 69.02 High
Worries being subject to a physical attack because of your skin colour, ethnic origin or religion 39.67 Low
Problem people using or dealing drugs 59.44 Moderate
Problem property crimes such as vandalism and theft 68.45 High
Problem violent crimes such as assault and armed robbery 77.22 High
Problem corruption and bribery 82.61 Very High

Safety in Kingston, Jamaica

Safety walking alone during daylight 50.00 Moderate
Safety walking alone during night 23.89 Low

 

 

6 Lesotho

Apart from location and size, Lesotho shares one more thing with Swaziland – an uncontrollable homicide rate. Almost half of the country’s population lives below the poverty line which is partly responsible for its enormous criminality and annual murder rate.

Crime rates in Maseru, Lesotho

Level of crime 53.12 Moderate
Crime increasing in the past 3 years 72.22 High
Worries home broken and things stolen 61.11 High
Worries being mugged or robbed 66.67 High
Worries car stolen 55.56 Moderate
Worries things from car stolen 58.33 Moderate
Worries attacked 55.56 Moderate
Worries being insulted 62.50 High
Worries being subject to a physical attack because of your skin colour, ethnic origin or religion 50.00 Moderate
Problem people using or dealing drugs 58.33 Moderate
Problem property crimes such as vandalism and theft

 

7 Belize

With an area of 22,800 square kilometers (8,800 sq mi) and a population of about 340,000 people, Belize is the least densely populated country in Central America. But despite its amazing natural beauties and wildlife, this country is far from being a good place to live. Enormous homicide rate of almost 45 murders per 100,000 people makes Belize one of the most dangerous countries in the world. The homicides are particularly frequent in the Belize City district where, in 2007, for example, half of all that year’s murders occurred.

Crime rates in Belize City, Belize

Level of crime 75.00 High
Crime increasing in the past 3 years 85.00 Very High
Worries home broken and things stolen 65.00 High
Worries being mugged or robbed 66.67 High
Worries car stolen 18.75 Very Low
Worries things from car stolen 59.38 Moderate
Worries attacked 52.50 Moderate
Worries being insulted 41.67 Moderate
Worries being subject to a physical attack because of your skin colour, ethnic origin or religion 27.78 Low
Problem people using or dealing drugs 80.56 Very High
Problem property crimes such as vandalism and theft 62.50 High
Problem violent crimes such as assault and armed robbery 67.50 High
Problem corruption and bribery 91.67 Very High

Safety in Belize City, Belize

Safety walking alone during daylight 47.50 Moderate
Safety walking alone during night 20.00 Low

 

8 Saint Vincent and the Grenadines

Occupying a total area of just about 390 square kilometers (150 square miles), Saint Vincent and the Grenadines is another small Caribbean country with an extremely high homicide rate. INTERPOL statistics suggest that – apart from the murders – rapes, robberies, aggravated assaults and burglaries are also quite common crimes committed there.

Crime rates in Kingstown, Saint Vincent And The Grenadines

Level of crime 40.00 Moderate
Crime increasing in the past 3 years 90.00 Very High
Worries home broken and things stolen 50.00 Moderate
Worries being mugged or robbed 30.00 Low
Worries car stolen 0.00 Very Low
Worries things from car stolen 20.00 Low
Worries attacked 15.00 Very Low
Worries being insulted 15.00 Very Low
Worries being subject to a physical attack because of your skin colour, ethnic origin or religion 10.00 Very Low
Problem people using or dealing drugs 70.00 High
Problem property crimes such as vandalism and theft 45.00 Moderate
Problem violent crimes such as assault and armed robbery 40.00 Moderate
Problem corruption and bribery 55.00 Moderate

Safety in Kingstown, Saint Vincent And The Grenadines

Safety walking alone during daylight 90.00 Very High
Safety walking alone during night 45.00 Moderate

 

9 Saint Kitts and Nevis

Located in the West Indies, Saint Kitts and Nevis is the smallest sovereign state in the Americas, in both area and population. But even among their 50,000 people, there is a significant number of those who obviously don’t mind killing others. With an average rate of 33.6 homicides per 100,000 people, Saint Kitts and Nevis ranked 9th.

 

10 South Africa

Despite its nicely-sounding nickname “The Rainbow Nation,” South Africa, home to about 54 million people, has a very high rate of murders, assaults, rapes and other violent crimes. Statistics published by local police suggest that in South Africa, around 50 people are murdered every day, which is a really alarming number. Fortunately, the homicide rate has slowly been decreasing.

Crime rates in Alberton, South Africa

Level of crime 84.82 Very High
Crime increasing in the past 3 years 85.71 Very High
Worries home broken and things stolen 86.61 Very High
Worries being mugged or robbed 83.93 Very High
Worries car stolen 81.48 Very High
Worries things from car stolen 79.46 High
Worries attacked 74.07 High
Worries being insulted 67.86 High
Worries being subject to a physical attack because of your skin colour, ethnic origin or religion 73.21 High
Problem people using or dealing drugs 83.93 Very High
Problem property crimes such as vandalism and theft 80.36 Very High
Problem violent crimes such as assault and armed robbery 87.50 Very High
Problem corruption and bribery 89.29 Very High

Safety in Alberton, South Africa

Safety walking alone during daylight 37.50 Low
Safety walking alone during night 11.61 Very Low

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