10 Most Dangerous Cities in the World!
Several cities around the world at different times in the modern period have become famous as places where one could easily get into dangerous situations. When we talk about dangerous cities we mean violent crime, gun crime, and murder, although we need to remember that elements of danger can include things like active war zones or even traffic accidents. We will primarily focus on crime and violence, given that almost all cities classified as dangerous in this respect are home to one or more fairly safe and affluent neighborhoods.
Cali, Colombia Full Name Santiago de Cali
The city has a population of about 2.4 million and a murder rate of 64 per 100,000 inhabitants. With historical landmarks and a healthy tourism economy, Cali still can’t avoid violence after taking many steps to prevent it. Much of the violence has been blamed on the turf wars by the cartel, the neo-paramilitary gang of Los Rastrojos and Los Urabeño, both of which make big bucks from Colombia’s notorious cocaine export trade. In addition, violence has broken out for decades between guerrilla forces of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, also known as the FARC, and the government.
Cape Town, South Africa
The difference between rich and poor in this South African coastal city of 433,688 people is well-known. Murder is widespread, but assault, theft on the road, theft of cars, and burglaries are also widespread. While many Cape Town residents who live in the 3.7 million metropolitan areas are victims and perpetrators of crime, violence still reaches the heart of the city. It is estimated that around 65 out of 100,000 people were deliberately murdered in 2015, for a total of about 2,451 homicides, making gang-related crimes serious in this popular city.
You may be surprised to see Colombian cities at 8h place on this list, but over the past few decades, the Colombian government’s numerous crackdowns on cartels have seen some progress. According to reports, drug traffickers are realizing that it is better to attract less attention from government forces while large Mexican drug cartels such as the Sinaloa cartel have in some ways shifted focus away from Colombian gangs. Palmira, the third-largest city in the country with 350,000 inhabitants, is now the capital of crime. Drug cartels and paramilitary groups have been involved in extortion, kidnapping, and murder in recent years, resulting in 70 out of 100,000 people being killed.
Valencia has one million inhabitants in urban areas. Although it stands out for its historic architecture and relative economic prosperity, it has not been spared from gang violence. Last year about 72 out of 100,000 people were intentionally killed here. There are so many gangs that there are numerous reports of gangster beatings and convictions by vigilant groups who have long been abandoned hope that the police will do anything possible to thwart the crime. According to reports, the thieves had been doused with gasoline and set on fire in recent years. The vigilant group may be without a gun, as there is reportedly one firearm for every two people in the country.
The total population of Maturin is 401,384 people. Like much of the country, the city has been hit by the current severe economic crisis in Venezuela, which has spawned gangs and crime everywhere. With a homicide rate of 86 per 100,000, the fact that it is a regional transportation hub is said to be the reason it is in the firing line of drug cartels. Travelers should be very vigilant if they have to go to Maturin, as kidnapping is possible. You won’t be surprised that the Trip Advisor list for Maturin is scarce.
Distrito Central, Honduras
The Honduras’ department of Distrito Central has 1,190,230 inhabitants and unites the twin cities of Tegucigalpa and Comayaguela. About 90 murders per 100,000 people took place here in 2016, and the gangs are to blame. The US State Department advises travelers to be aware of high crime rates and notes that no area is safe for western travelers. Although the violence was not as severe as in other parts of Honduras, some 620 people died in Distrito Central last year.
Once known for its beaches and glamor, this resort town is now spoiled as a breeding ground for gangs. This small and picturesque town of 687,000 people saw 104 people killed per 100,000 people in 2016. In the same year, 461 people were killed in the first six months and many of those people were not actually gang members but innocent citizens on the wrong side of the gang. While Acapulco has historically been described as a city where stars gather and tourists with money followed, Guerrero is believed to be home to more than 60 percent of the poor. Now there are about 12 murders in the city every day, and sometimes they don’t go out of sight. World media reported in 2016 that gang members arrived at the beach on water skis and shot down enemies in front of shocked tourists.
San Salvador, El Salvador
El Salvador’s capital and largest city, San Salvador has 257,754 inhabitants and a population of the much larger metropolitan of nearly 1.8 million. It has a rich historical heritage and plays an important role in the regional economy. It is also a source of violent crime. It is believed that many of the perpetrators of gang violence were also in gangs such as Mara Salvatrucha (MS13) and Barrio 18 (M18) in the United States and continue the tradition of violence when they return home. The murder rate in 2016 was 108 per 100,000 people, some of which were extrajudicial executions by the Sombra Negra death squad. Although good news came earlier this year when the National Commissioner for Civil Police announced in January that the city had survived its first day without killing for two years. The gangs are involved in drug trafficking, robbery, extortion, arms trafficking, rental killings, car thefts, and theft of daytime tourists and diplomats. In a 2016 survey, 24.5% of Salvadorans said they were victims of crimes in 2015.
San Pedro Sula, Honduras
The second-largest city in Honduras after its capital Tegucigalpa is one of the poorest places in Latin America. San Pedro Sula’s urban population of 719,063, devastated by natural disasters and economic devastation, has been at threat of crime for years. Prior to 2016, it was the murder capital of the world, with a staggering 187 murders per 100,000 people in 2013. As part of the drug and arms trafficking, the city is full of gangs, many of whom were sent to Honduras after being deported from the United States for gang activities. Given the gangs that fight over territory and limited and often corrupt police forces that handle it, it may be a coincidence that the homicide rate has dropped to second place this year at 111 per 100,000.
Caracas is located in a valley in central Venezuela and offers superb mountain views and a warm climate all year round. Here are some of the worst slums in the world, designated as absolute exclusion zones. Out of a population of 3.3 million (3,305,204), 4,308 were intentionally killed in 2016. That’s more than 130 people per 100,000. It is reported that most of the killings in the city remain unsolved. With unemployment high and a shaky economy, “mega-gangs” began to terrorize the city. These gangs, sometimes with 100 members, are involved in drug trafficking, kidnapping, extortion, robbery, kidnapping, and of course murder. This prompted the Venezuelan government to hire Colombian-style paramilitaries to protect the people. However, these security forces were accused of committing extrajudicial violence and extortion. In 2016, a Time Magazine correspondent wrote from the local morgue in Caracas: “Ambulances with new bodies arrive every half hour, most of them killed.
Every year cities swap places on the most dangerous list, but for some time now, cities from Latin America have been at the front. In the United States, the most violent city are St. Louis, Baltimore, and New Orleans. In 2016, 60 murders per 100,000 were committed in St. Louis. Brazil has most of the cities in the top 50 with the highest homicide rates. In Europe, Tallinn in Estonia and Glasgow in Scotland in Western Europe are some of the worst cities of violence. Famous cities in Asia with high crime rates include Quezon City in the Philippines, Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia, and Ulan Bator in Mongolia.