12 Most Crime Ridden Cities Around the World

What is the world’s most dangerous city – surprisingly, you will find many cities that could lay a claim to this title. A city without crime is a concept and theory yet to be fully achieved in the modern world. Even though many countries have developed a strong and robust criminal law system, this hasn’t deterred criminals around the world from committing their crimes.

There are clearly some areas more crime-ridden than others, significantly so. Worldwide, here are some of the most crime ridden cities from the US to abroad.

1. Tijuana, Mexico

Tijuana is the most crime ridden city in the world, with over 138 homicides per 100,000 residents. In Tijuana, you will find mass graves, drug cartels, and a carried reputation of it being Mexico’s most dangerous place. Most recently in July 2019, Tijuana experienced what the media called a ‘deadly crime wave’ that killed 31 people in a 3-day period.

2. Acapulco, Mexico

Second on our list of the world’s most crime-ridden cities is Acapulco with a homicide rate of 110 per 100,000 residents. In Acapulco, gun violence is rampant with corruption at all levels of city management. Although Acapulco was once a major source of tourism with resorts and flagship brands, today it is something far different.

3. Caracas, Venezuela

Caracas has a homicide rate of 99.9 per 100,000 residents in a country that’s socially, economically, and politically unstable. Crime is very common here between the general population and security forces. For years, the capital of Venezuela has been popularized as one of the most violent places on Earth.

4. Ciudad Victoria, Mexico

Another Mexican city to make its way on this list, Ciudad Victoria is another name that further argues Mexico to be the most crime-ridden country in the world. With a homicide rate of 86 per 100,000 residents, this is a dangerous place to live and visit. Drug-related crimes continue to be unquestionably the biggest issue with this city.

5. Ciudad Juarez, Mexico

Ciudad Juarez is one of the most crime ridden cities with a homicide rate of 85.6 per 100,000 residents. It is not uncommon to see corpses, body parts, and people on the side of the road either dead or who have had some sort of crime committed to them in Ciudad Juarez. Beset by crime, violence brought on by rival drug cartels has once again contributed to the country’s reputation for being a very problematic place.

6. Irapuato, Mexico

Irapuato has a homicide rate of 81.4 per 100,000 residents. The city is a regular stop for rest in the route between Central America and getting into the United States. Although Irapuato is, for all intents and purposes, a mid-sized city it is a symbol of hallmark violence existing away from the main hubs of Mexico.

7. Ciudad Guayana, Venezuela

Ciudad Guayana is a crime-ridden city if there ever was one, with the majority of its violence attributed to street gangs and organized crime. High-profile crimes – a la murder, robbery, and kidnappings – are routine. They are perpetrated in neighborhoods all across the city. Ciudad Guayana’s homicide rate is 78.3 per 100,000 residents.

8. Natal, Brazil

Brazil has the most murders of any country on a total number basis, not calculating per capita. One city that is particularly problematic is Natal where the homicide rate is 74.6 per 100,000 residents. This general area is rife with criminal activity primarily directed at individuals who live locally. Despite all this, Natal is considered by some to be one of Brazil’s safer city regions.

9. Fortaleza, Brazil

Fortaleza boasts a homicide rate of 69 per 100,000 residents. There are seemingly routine arrests made and crimes committed around social, economic, and political demonstrations and disagreements. While Brazil is an overall safe country for tourists, in large cities like Fortaleza and others, travelers may face some danger navigating these higher-than-average crime rates.

10. Ciudad Bolivar, Venezuela

Ciudad Bolivar, Venezuela has a homicide rate of 69 per 100,000 residents. Ciudad Bolivar is oftentimes the victim of climate-related events and in combination with the political instability existing here makes the perfect environment for crime to occur. Travellers are regularly made aware of the risks of street crime here, to watch out for security forces, and to stay safe while partaking in any nightlife or restaurant outings.

11. Cape Town, South Africa

Moving out of the top 10 most crime ridden cities, we encounter South Africa’s Cape Town with homicide rates hanging tight at 66.3 per 100,000 residents. While the political leadership in South Africa is committed to a crime reduction strategy, thus far Cape Town residents continue to experience disadvantage with a lack of permanent police stations and crime simply being the norm.

12. St. Louis, Missouri

The only American city to make our short list of crime-ridden cities is St. Louis, Missouri. With more crime than the oftentimes-discussed Chicago, St. Louis has a homicide rate of 60.1 per 100,000 residents. Although the argument can be made for Chicago or Detroit being America’s most violent big city, St. Louis cannot be forgotten in the conversation. Local government has attempted and continues to launch efforts to tackle crime however the benefits are yet to be seen.