Murder is a gruesome act by any standard and the frequent occurrence of such an act makes any city very dangerous and detested by people. When murder becomes a norm in a city, that city loses its appeal not only to tourists but also to those who live in it, as many of them choose to migrate to other cities in search for a safer life. The fact is that life becomes terrible in dangerous cities the world over and so it is a good idea to have knowledge of the Top 10 Murder Cities In The World 2020 so that you know which cities you need to avoid if you are a fan of travel and tours and travel very frequently to distant cities of the world.
10. Barquisimeto, Venezuela
Barquisimeto is the tenth most homicidal city in the world as it has a rate of 64.72 homicides per 100,000 citizens. Barquisimeto is the fourth largest city in Venezuela and is engulfed with gang wars as well as corruption in the government. Poverty is very high in the city and the government’s performance to reign in crime in the city has been very poor as well. As a result, these high numbers of murders are committed in the city annually.
9. Joao Pessoa, Brazil
Joao Pessoa has a rate of 66.92 homicides per 100,000 people which is brutal considering that it translates into 515 murders! The city is full of gangsters and drugs and therefore not a peaceful or normal city. The deaths are mostly violent, which may relate to anything from gang wars to non-payment of drug or loans or simple depression in individuals as a result of the worse living conditions of the city. Mugging of tourists is also common in the city so beware if you plan to visit Joao Pessoa.
8. Guatemala City, Guatemala
Guatemala city has a homicide rate of 68.40 deaths per 100,000 people. Also, the poverty level is very high in the city with a lot many people either under debt or surviving in a very low amount of money. Weapons are also found in the city in high numbers which are responsible for the high homicide rate in Guatemala City. Since the law enforcement agencies in Guatemala City are weak, therefore, it is a difficult task to bring down the rate of crime.
7. Fortaleza, Brazil
The city of Fortaleza has a homicide rate of 72.81 per 100,000 individuals. ! Theft at gunpoint of using knives is common place in Fortaleza along with murders and their rates are only rising according to statistical data collected from Fortaleza. There is a lot of crime committed against tourists to the city and for that reason, Brazil has promised to step up security for the upcoming matches for the World Cup.
6. Distrito Central, Honduras
Distrito Central has a homicide rate of 79.42 per 100,000 people. Distrito is therefore a very dangerous place to visit as you risk being killed in Distrito Central if you travel to the city for any purpose. The city has many gangs operating in it such as the MS-13, who frequently fight with each other which lead to more deaths. It is a business city and therefore money is the most sought after good here with many murders committed for acquiring it.
5. Maceio, Brazil
Maceio has a homicide rate of 79.76 murders per 100,000 members of the population. Maceio is a city known for its chemical industry but the main reason why there are so many deaths in the city is corruption and poverty. Corruption leads to insufficient resources available to finance law and order activities. Also, the large slums in the city, which are a symbol of poverty, also lead to murders committed out of anger and frustration for a lack of money.
4. Cali, Columbia
Cali has a homicide rate of 83.20 per 100,000 people in the population. It is believed that the strategic location of Cali is why there has been so much infighting in Cali for years. The location of the city makes it an ideal location for drug trafficking, for operation of cartels et cetera. As a result, wars erupt between different factions, each protecting its interest in the city.
3. Acapulco, Mexico
Acapulco has a homicide rate of 112.80 murders per 100,000 individuals. Acapulco was named the second most dangerous city in the world in 2012 which is very sad. Marijuana is grown up in the mountains of the city and then supplied to locals and probably even exported. However, the routes of supplying it cause a lot of fighting and murders between the cartels who grow and supply the marijuana.
2. Caracas, Venezuela
Caracas has a homicide rate of 134.36 per 100,000 of the population which is definitely very high. Maybe it is heresy but they say a person is killed every twenty one minutes in Venezuela, with the highest number of deaths occurring in Caracas! Investigation and trial of the deaths is so poor that 9 out of 10 deaths go unsolved, which is extremely frustration for the people there. It is even estimated that more people are killed in Caracas than even Baghdad in Iraq! There is a daily occurrence of violence in Caracas in which many people are killed with no follow up on the investigations practically.
1. San Pedro Sula, Honduras
San Pedro has a skyrocketing homicide rate of 187.14 murders per 100,000 members of the population, which is abnormally high! San Pedro is the murder capital of the world, with the highest number of homicides reported in the city. The city morgues are the busiest places in the city, with a new corpse coming in for burial every day, after having been murdered. They say “Satan himself lives here in San Pedro.!!
There is no doubt that the city is fraught with wicked people who kill on a daily basis for money, power, influence, et cetera.