What Are the Top 10 Cities With the Highest Crime Rate?

The most dangerous cities in the world. Travelers beware!

What Are the Top 10 Cities With the Highest Crime Rate?

Don’t we all want this world to be a safe and beautiful place for everyone? This world is no doubt beautiful and worth exploring. While we always assume that the place we are visiting is secure and we won’t face any issue there, so it is better to know about the locality you’re visiting before you decide to fly away.

So, what are the top 10 cities with the highest crime rate? In this article, we’ll cover not just the highest crime rate but also the most dangerous ones. The cities that we are talking about are associated with violent gang activities, murder, street crime, violence, and drug dealing. So get ready to see the world from a new perspective, and let’s dive in.

10. Los Cabos, Mexico

Aerial view of Los Cabos Mexico
Aerial view of Los Cabos Mexico

Los Cabos in Mexico is the most dangerous city in the country. Also, it happens to be the most dangerous city in the world since, just recently, their homicide ratio has risen. According to a report issued by the Citizens’ Council for Public Safety and Criminal Justice, the city is the most violent in the world, with a murder rate of 111.33 per 100,000 inhabitants.

This city is one of those places that every tourist must avoid going to. As you have read the murder ratio, it is safe to say that Los Cabos is the murder capital of the world. The violence in the city is mainly due to the drug trade, and tourists have not been targeted yet, but you should always avoid going to a place where there’s a chance of you being caught up in the crossfire.

9. Caracas, Venezuela

City streets of Caracas Venezuela
City streets of Caracas Venezuela

Caracas is a city in Venezuela, and it is the second most dangerous city in the world. With a murder rate of 111.19 murders per 100,000 inhabitants, the town was previously at the top position and was known as the murder capital of the world.

Since the 1990s, we have only seen the crime rate is increased in Venezuela day by day. Back in 2017, in a report, the city was named as the most dangerous capital in the world. The country is particularly vulnerable to investors and foreign travelers. That is mainly because of the unrest in the country due to economic and political issues.
Both, Government of Canada and the United States State Department have warned tourists from visiting this city because they may be subjected to extortion, kidnapping, armed robbery, homicide, and murder.

8. Baltimore, USA

Policmen stand guard at the streets of Baltimore
Policemen stand guard in the streets of Baltimore

There is no doubt that Baltimore has a lot to offer you. The city is beautiful and has scenic landscapes that are a sight to behold. But, there are certain areas of the city that are ridden with crime. We have often seen that crime and poverty go hand in hand, and the poverty rate in Baltimore was as high as 35.5 percent.

According to a report, Baltimore witnessed 3700 per 100,000 in the last year. The reason why this city falls under the list is that it has a vast number of homicides being reported every year. Baltimore has also seen a lot of unrest because of police brutality.

7. Cape Town, South Africa

Protests over water rights in Cape Town
Protests over water rights in Cape Town

Cape Town is definitely on the bucket-list of a lot of travelers. The city has some beautiful places that are worth seeing, but there are also a few parts of Cape Town that you should instead not visit. Some of the districts in Cape Town have a high poverty rate, and unemployment is touching the 7th sky. There is a lot of gang activity, violent murders, and drug trafficking happening in Cape Town, and this is why you need to be on your toes if you’re visiting this city.

6. Kabul, Afghanistan

City of people in Kabul Afghanistan
City of people in Kabul Afghanistan

The capital of Afghanistan is also one of the cities with the highest crime rate in the world, and it should come as no surprise. It is also classified as one of the most dangerous cities in the world because it is still an active war zone.

With terrorist organizations such as the Taliban and ISIS in the area, Kabul can, unfortunately, see violence erupt at any moment, making it one of the most dangerous places on earth. Many countries around the globe have Kabul on the high-warning list due to the level of terrorism the city threats.

5. Nairobi, Kenya

High angle shot of Nairobi Kenya
High angle shot of Nairobi Kenya

The crime in Nairobi is even though isolated to certain areas, but it is still not safe for many people, including tourists. Over the years, Kenya has reported many homicides and rape cases in the country, and most of them occurred in Nairobi. The city has seen home invasions, carjacking, kidnapping, and has also dealt with terrorist attacks.

4. Acapulco, Mexico

Acapulco city during the day
Acapulco city during the day

What is the first thing that comes to your mind when we mention Acapulco? Let us tell you; you must imagine beautiful resorts with breathtaking beaches and landscapes. But unfortunately, Acapulco has been the area of many violent crimes for many years now.

Mexico is the hub of drug trafficking, and Acapulco is no exception. The city has seen many battles over drug cartels for the past few years. The city has one of the highest murder rates in the world; however, most of the crime does not take place in a tourist area, thankfully.

3. Ciudad Bolívar, Venezuela

Overlooking the Venezula city
Overlooking the Venezuela city

For the last many years, Venezuela is in the process of falling as a failed state. It is one of the reasons why the crime rate has increased so much in the country over the years. With homicides rate of over 69 per 100,000 people, Ciudad Bolívar is another city of Venezuela that made it to the list due to its high crime rate.

Therefore, Ciudad Bolivar should be entirely avoided by travelers. Not only because there is a high risk of robbery, but heavy rain can lead to flooding in crowded slums, particularly on hillside development.

2. Karachi, Pakistan

Military stands guard on the streets of Karachi
The military stands guard on the streets of Karachi

Karachi, the largest city in Pakistan and the only metropolitan region of the country, the city has the highest street crime rate and violent gang activities. Violent gangs still control some of Karachi’s common areas, and the city has also seen many violent terrorist attacks. Karachi also has the highest crime rate in the country that includes instances like street crime, rape, murders, home invasions, and robberies.

1. Fortaleza, Brazil

Overlooking the city of Fortaleza
Overlooking the city of Fortaleza

The state of Ceará, which is situated in the North-Eastern coastal region of Brazil, has experienced a substantial increase in violence, mainly gang violence. This particular region had much less gang violence as compared to other cities in the country. Over the past few years, gang violence has increased in this region.

What do you think?

So, these are the top 10 cities in the world with the highest crime rate. If you have ever been to any of them, let us know below how your experience was and if you faced any life-altering instances yourself. We would love to know what you think about this compilation, and if there are any suggestions in this regard, let us know through your feedback below.

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