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.



  1. @surenos. Despite Mafia and organized crime (specialized in corruption and drugs) Italy has one of the lowest omicide rate of western countries: di 0,97 /100.000 people. Three times safer than Usa. Safer than Finland and France.

  2. and beware of supporters Of the paris saint germain soccer club because they’ll cut your head and play football with! this is war here in paris! Stay safe my friends and avoid france, it’s a war zone now!

  3. the northern suburbs of Paris are the most dangerous. Here children are starving and can pull your eyes to a piece of bread! be careful! there are not only rich neighborhoods in paris! these suburbs are more dangerous than mogadiscio or caracas, it’s the Middle Ages! Even  the policemen are kidnapped, tortured and raped with bread sticks! these neighborhoods are full of drug dealers, drug addicts and the children have lunch with crack cocaine! You know what i mean? 
    there are also other cities or the contryside where it is madness: Marseilles, Mulhouse, Roubaix, Brest, Lyon … It’s war in france  buddy!

  4. I can only vouch for Cape Town. And no, I don’t live there. This is the biggest load of crap ever writte. This was written in 2009 and says there is poverty because the country has been in a deep recession and that’s why there is poverty!!!! What crap.

    2009 marked the end of the biggest boom in South Africa’s history. the 2010 World Cup saved South Africa from the devastating effects of the global recession. This woman must not write on stuff she has no idea about.

    The poverty in Cape Town is not from a recession, it is the institutional legacy of Apartheid. It is the separation of the rich from the poor. The economy of the city has been on a high, and the Western Cape government has been among the best run and with clean audits. Recession!!!????

    That one blooper of note taints everything else she writes.

    Such shit on the internet.

  5. l’italia non è un paese violento come il sud america o gli stati uniti l’italia fa gli stessi omicidi della sola new york napoli è nelle mani della camorra ma fa al massimo 100 omicidi in tutta la campania totale popolazione 5milioni di abitanti e sol il 10 percento sono di camorra detroit fa 411 omicidi popolazione 711mila abitanti most violent city in europa is marsiglia la mileue marsigliese è piu vilenta della camorra la mafia in sicilia fa 5 omicidi l’anno le citta d’america sono molto piiù violente scampia o zen non sono compton harlem o west side di chicago

  6. I saw a guy with one crutch and a burger with the lot (may have had extra chilli sauce….I think)in Gardenvale, Victoria, Australia…..anyways he looked dangerous…I don’t know….his eyes were too close together…or something….faggot

  7. I went to Juarez and walked around all night with my ghetto blaster playing one direction with a target on the back of my white body stocking and I couldn’t even take a hit…..soft

  8. Joburg! YES we know mexico is bad! But these guys who chop others talk really funny b4 doing it! Ntn scary but rather the shame coz many ppl are dying! Personally joburg coz I’ve seen germans mexicans and africans all there selling drugs! The rainbow nation lol don’t bluff its the worst country ever! Every taxi guy has AK47s! And u feel fear coz they don’t laugh wen they approacch u or make u bend down b4 cuttin u up! They shoot u then go play monoplay!

  9. Well I’m thinking that Asia is pretty dangerous and corrupt. Oh! Don’t forget Haiti. Haiti is dangerous and corrupt too. A hurricane flood flew across Haiti approximetly.

  10. This is not a problem our team is oniste all night to help you the best we can. If you come in really late stop at the registration or the Ref Tent that will be visably marked. We will help you find your group or a R.V. location. If we are all asleep and you can’t find us simply find a place to bed down for the night and get us in the morning. Ed

  11. Caracas and the WHOLE COUNTRY of Vzla is a hellHole. believe me. They KILL you for a cellphone, for a pair of shoes, for a golden necklace, for a ring, ANYTHING!!! It’s horrible. most ppl here do not DARE to wear golden necklaces, or watches, or even dare to walk on the streets later 10pm, even in some cities, it’s DANGEROUS to be outside at 7pm. Trust me, I live here, and this is hell. It’s horrible, you have to be careful and aware of everybody, when you walk on the streets. I have friends that have been in Panama, the USA and ppl there can walk freely with cellphones, and anything they would want, without being PARANOID about being robbed in ANY second. Good luck to all, and please, DO NOT COME to vzla, it’s my honest piece of advice.

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