There are many different types of criminal acts that make a city hostile for both locals and tourists. Our world is not as safe as you think as it is home to many dangerous cities spread across different continents.
Whether you are fond of traveling around the world or just for the sake of general knowledge, it is better to learn about the most unsafe metropolises on Earth, so you should be able to take necessary precautions if need be.
To help you out in this regard, here we have rounded up the 13 most dangerous cities in the world, according to different reports and surveys conducted by international organizations.
with 138 homicides over every 100,000 people, Tijuana Mexico is among the most dangerous metropolises in the world. On average, seven people are killed in the city on a daily basis. Tijuana Mexico is also well-known for poverty and violent crime like sexual and physical abuse, homicides, and kidnapping incidents. Drug trades by different types of gangs and human trafficking are also pretty common in the city.
Caracas in Venezuela has already been listed among the most unsafe capital cities for the last few years. Owing to its crime states, it is still among the most dangerous places in the world. There are usually around 100 murders per 100,000 residents in the city, making it an extremely deadly city. The main reasons for violence are increasing poverty as well as poor law and order.
Cuidad Juarez, Mexico
Owing to the high rate of crime, tourism in Cuidad Juarez has almost vanished. There are around 86 murders per 100,000 residents. Women are not safe at all in the city. In case you are touring the city by chance, you need to be very careful and vigilant. The cases of carjacking, burglary, theft, robbery and murder are very very common. The local law enforcement authorities are almost good for nothing, and it is better to travel in a bullet-resistant vehicle if you don’t want to get hurt.
Natal is a Brazillian city famous for all types of crimes like physical and sexual assault, burglary, theft, murder, and carjacking. Despite the high crime rate, the city is a popular tourist destination. The average homicide rate in the city is 75 per 100,000 people in this city. Violence between gangs of drug dealers and poverty are among the main reasons for the city’s high crime rate.
With 69 murders for around 100,000 residents, Fortaleza in Brazil is also among the deadliest cities in the world. Lencois Maranhenses National Park and Jericoacoara Beach are two of the most famous natural attractions near the city. Sadly, the ever-increasing brutal crimes in the city have overshadowed Fortaleza’s natural beauty.
San Pedro Sula, Honduras
San Pedro Sula in Honduras recorded the highest murder rate in the world back in 2009. This is one of the major reasons why it is among the most dangerous cities in the world. Violent crimes like sexual assault and armed robbery commonly target both locale and foreigners. Try your best to avoid using ATMs, especially in a lonely alley at night because snatching and other kinds of attacks on ATM users are highly common in San Pedro Sula.
The beautiful beaches and colorful skyscrapers of this Brazillian city won’t make you believe that it is among the most dangerous cities in the world. Along with violent crimes like murder, carjacking, Salvador is quite well-known for street crimes such as child pickpockets, which is mainly because of the increasing poverty in the city. So, be very careful with your wallets, purses, and other personal belongings while traveling on public transport.
Cape Town, South Africa
Yes, the name of Cape Town — the capital of South Africa — in the list of the most unsafe cities in the world also surprised us. According to the statistics, it has an average murder rate of 66.36 per 100K residents. Despite being a highly dangerous city, it still hosts international sports tournaments and other high-profile events every now and then.
Los Cabos, Mexico
The murder rate of Los Cabos in Mexico is pretty high, around 111 per 100k inhabitants. This makes it one of the most dangerous cities to live in. The city is very famous for economic hardships and the presence of organized gangs, which are two of the most common reasons behind most of the crimes taking place in the city. Tourists while taking a trip around the city should be extremely careful because violent crimes like murder, kidnapping, and sexual assault are highly common in Los Cabos
La Paz, Mexico
In the Mexican city of La Paz, visitors should be extremely alert and should try their best not to take out cash until they have made it to a safe place like inside a hotel or bank. Violent street crimes reach their peak during the night so if you are heading out after dark, be vigilant and take care of your belongings. It is mainly because of inadequate law and order system.
Ciudad Bolivar, Venezuela
It is highly unsafe to travel in the Venezuelan city of Ciudad Bolivar. If you want to explore the city, you should travel in a bullet-resistant vehicle for your own safety. Poverty is pretty evident from the urban landscape, which apparently appears as one ‘mega’ slum. The murder rate in Ciudad Bolivar is 69 per 100,000 people The main reasons for crimes in the city are the presence of active and rival gangs, and poor law and order.
Acapulco has turned into a playground for criminals in recent years. It’s the stronghold of many powerful gangs like Los Locos and 221, which are groups of assassins, kidnappers, extortionists, carjackers, and killers. The city witnesses 111 murders per 100,000 residents. The Mexican city of Acapulco was once used to be a favorite venue for the shooting of Hollywood movies.
The Colombian city of Cali is the last contender on our list of the most dangerous cities in the world. With a murder rate of 49 per 100k residents, it is also a highly unsafe city. If you show off that you’re rich publicly, you may get kidnapped. Therefore, it is better to stay alert and take all precautionary measures while heading out like traveling in an armored vehicle or among a large group to keep yourself protected and unharmed.
There you have it — a detailed round-up of the most dangerous cities in the world.