World’s Five Most Dangerous Cities

The crime statistics of world’s five most dangerous cities are disheartening and shocking. With such high rates of homicide, robberies and violence these cities deservedly bear the names of ‘the places of chaos and death’ or ‘the murder capitals of the world’. Despite the scary data, some of them still remain wanted tourist destinations, though extreme caution is strongly advised when visiting.


5. Cape Town. South Africa.

62 killings per 100 000 residents

Cape Town. By Hubert January

Crime has been a major problem in South Africa (both for locals and travelers) for many years now, and the murder and robbery statistics loom large in today’s society.
The “good” news is that the number of killings declined by 3.4% to around 18 000 (sic!) between April 2008 and March 2009. Still there are 50 murders a day in South Africa. The latest data shows that there have been 71,500 sexual offenses (10% increase), 18,400 burglaries (27% increase), and 13,900 business robberies (41% increase) reported from April 2008 to March 2009. If it’s any consolation, the street robbery declined by 7% to 72,194.

Cape Town by night. By derekkeats

The beautifully located Cape Town is among the most dangerous towns in the country due to its high level of robberies, rapes, kidnappings and murders. The city is about the same size as Caracas and it has a murder rate of 62 per 100,000 inhabitants. According to the police, the homicides usually occur in the poorer districts and suburbs of the town rather than in upscale areas. Due to the poverty (the country has been facing a deep recession) the robberies are common. Therefore, traveling alone and using ATM’s at night is not advised.


4. New Orleans. The USA. 

95 killings per 100 000 residents

New Orleans, French Quarter. By ohad*

The homicide rate in New Orleans ranks way above other American cities and towns, and therefore the city has been named the murder capital of the USA. The total number of murders equaled 179 in 2008 in this small city of around 300,000 residents. Nevertheless, there have been 15% fewer killings in 2008 than in 2007 when the police reported 210 murders. Also other crime rates are dropping in the town. Rape went down by 44% and armed robbery 4.85% in 2008 in comparison to 2007.

Downtown New Orleans. By schleifnet

Still, according to the FBI data there have been 95 homicides per 100,000 residents in 2008. In turn New Orleans Police Department reported 67 murders per 100,000 in 2008. A scary comparison has recently been made by the Time magazine stating that Baghdad in Iraq with its murder rate of about 48 per 100,000 people is now being safer, considering the statistics, than New Orleans.
Violent crime is a serious problem especially in the low-income neighborhoods of the town. Lonely Planet advises travelers to New Orleans to be cautious and avoid walks at night, especially if you are alone.


3. Caracas. Venezuela.

130 killings per 100 000 residents

Caracas. By Luiz Felipe Castro

Another unsafe destination among world’s most dangerous cities is Caracas, the capital of Venezuela.
At the end of 2008 the Foreign Policy magazine called the city “the murder capital of the world”. According to the official statistics there have been 130 homicides per 100,000 residents in 2008. Only in December 2008 there were at least 510 people killed in the capital, as CNN reported.

Caracas. By Gidsicki

The problems of Caracas are not only drug trade and gang battles, but also increasing poverty of the city inhabited by around 4 million people. Murders mainly take place in the capital’s poorest areas – between 1970s and 1990s the poverty rate increased by 300% to 65%. Although during the oil boom the economic situation improved, the poverty level remains very high.

Moreover, experts underline that the murder ratio has increased by 67% since President Chavez took control over the country. There is police abuse, no gun control, and no good control over the militias, as various media report.


2. Ciudad Juárez. Mexico

130 killings per 100 000 residents

Ciudad Juarez and El Paso. By charlie llewellin

Also Mexico, one of the world’s greatest travel destinations thanks to its fascinating history and stunning natural sites, is, unfortunately, facing a serious problem of robbery, kidnapping, sexual assault and drug-related crimes.
Among worst affected areas in the country is the Chihuahua state and, above all, Ciudad Juárez. The city located across the U.S and Mexican border, home to 1.5 million people, has recently got a very bad reputation due to its shocking rates of violence. Bloody and violent fighting between the drug cartels have spread across the town, posing a serious threat to locals and travelers.

Ciudad Juarez. By scazon

Since January 2007 there have been 8330 drug-related murders reported in Mexico, of which 50% accounted for Ciudad Juárez. The city reports 130 murders per 100,000 inhabitants (as of August 2009), which is currently the world’s highest murder rate ( outside the official war zone). In February 2009 the U.S. State Department announced that since January 2008 there had been 1,800 people killed in the city.


1. Mogadishu. Somalia. 

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Displaced people fleeing from Mogadishu. By Abdurrahman Warsameh/ ISN Security Watch

The governments’ warnings about
traveling to Somalia are unanimous: this African country remains extremely dangerous and there is an enormous risk to anyone’s security due to the threat of terrorism, clan-based and ethnic fighting as well as high level of kidnapping and piracy off the coast.

Mogadishu. By ctsnow

The epicenter of these brutal crimes and cruelty is Mogadishu, Somalia’s capital. The city has been devastated by the ongoing civil war. As of 2008, around half of the city’s population (0.5 million) have left the war-torn capital, according to the United Nations. Dozens of people are wounded every day in Mogadishu, and frequent bombings kill many of civilians. No one really knows how many people have been killed in the city, but without dispute Mogadishu remains the most lawless and dangerous city in the world. This is how BBC describes the everyday scenes in Mogadishu: “The crump of mortars; the crackle of gunfire; eerily empty streets; prowling guerrillas and looters; sprawling refugee camps; hospitals overflowing with casualties, their bodies smashed open by bullets, shells and shrapnel…”. 

Since the overthrowing of President Siad Barre in 1991 one million people have lost lives in Somalia due to the civil war and famine.



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  2. Caracas is not that bad, i mean compared to any of the other places named here, theyre all heaven. But Petare is the worst place in the world, not caracas.

  3. LA should be on the list. There are shootings here everyday. Ghetto LAers think it’s cool to kill people and go to Jail. Look at James post, wishing his beloved South Central made the list. That would be cool. LA is so total ghetto wannabe, that and star struck people.

  4. Just clear Caracas , Venezuela – Petare should be the top one could is the second most dangerous in the world and besides no whites or cops go there and is more dangerous then Compton and The Bronx Combined.

  5. Hey you guys are forgetting about the ghettos of Berkshire. In one street in Bucklesbury last year, over 15 people died. admittedly, that is where the Aldworth retirement home is but that just shows that even the old people is caught up in the gangbangin.

  6. Mogadishu may be murder but it is nothing compared to Birningham in my country [England]. There is not much violence but there are a lot of road acidents.So be careful if you are crossing the road in Birningham.

  7. That’s a picture is purely of el paso texas, not juarez, and there’s far more deaths than those that you mentioned. There’s a larger amount of undocumented deaths.

  8. wataguy88- certain Colombians don’t like admitting their country has a problem with violence so you often get a one-sided, PC point of view. Brazil has that to a degree as well. Honesty is the best policy.

  9. why has nobody mentioned brazil or colombia ? By the way the suernos guy is somewhat right he is kinda exaggerating the situation in southern italy but it is still quite dangerous in certain areas of cities like naples or bari its obvious but in small villages like in calabria or sicily there is total mafia control secret tunnels to smugle drugs and people(sex slaves) they dont talk about but its because it detracts tourism but its true.due some reascearch some places are scarier then you think

  10. I am laughing so hard at the people saying India should be on the list. I first went to India when I was 16 and I would walk alone through the slums and no one would bother me one bit! (And I’m a white female so don’t try say its cs I’m probably a black male.)

  11. Murders and disappearances have inexplicably balooned back up in Colombia. At least 3 Colombian cities belong in the top 10 (Medellin, Caucasia and Tumaco) with another on the fringe (Cali).

    New Orleans isn’t a city of 300,000, it’s actually a city of over a million with a murder rate of 21 per 100,000 [fact].

  12. Come to cape town heres a few safe areas athlone,manenberg,hanover park,belhar,delft,heideveld,bishop lavis,elsies river,woodstock an lavender hill as people said cpt twn aint that bad

  13. lol have these people are bullshitters like sean LOL. he says hes been to Mogadishu, Ciduad juartez and everything but then says juarez is the msot dangerous?.

    Lol get a clue uv never been to Mogadishu bullshitter. in the past 10 years proabbly only less then 100 white ppl been to Mogadishu. Mogadishu Can see over 1000 Murders a day. Go on somali sites, and ull see daily report is. 21 People died in Clashes between rival CLans. or Government clashes with rival rebels and Clan Militias leaving 100 people dead today in Mogadishu. thats worst then Juarez.

    and is not Mogadishu Only. there are small somali town villages that has about 100,000 peopel and saw 10,000 MURDERS In A YEAR. BETWEEN RIVAL TRIBES CLASHING WITH EACH OTHER, Search up Kismayo City Clan Wars and El Wak Clan Clashes. or search North Kenyan Somali-Borna nomadic clans clash.. YOULL FIND 1000’s of reports.
    Ur Dealing with people whoo kill for their CLan.
    Somali nomadic Clan states that if ur brother gets killed is a most that you have to venge back. 100% Must.

    None of those Compare to any citties in South Somalia, or Ethiopian somali and Kenyan somali cities that are bordering Somalia and inhabited 100% by Somali native tribes.

    East Timor is also Very dangerous and so Port Moresby of Papua New Guinea.

  14. Well i lived in england specifically Barnsley yorkshire and although its not as dangerouse as Mexico or Africa its still not a very safe place to live that been said i slepp with a 11 inch knbife and hammer at the side of my bed , not that im crazy but if someone breaks in while im asleep im not gonna be a dead man sleeping im gonna fight for my life !!

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