Whether you travel a lot or only go on vacation every once in a blue moon, it is always important to know about your destination. This is also essential when you are looking to move somewhere. With thousands upon thousands of cities in the world, there are seemingly endless places where people can travel and a lot of cultures to experience. And then there are those that should ring a lot of alarm bells as they are simply quite notorious and all-too-real dangerous for even the most well-traveled tourist. Here are some of the most dangerous cities in the world.
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Homicides per 100,000 in 2018: 138
Homicides in 2018: 2,640
Tijuana is one of Mexico’s fastest-growing cities and the world’s most visited border city. This city is a great place to visit as it has cool cafes, nightlight, and restaurants. However, it also poses a lot of risks to visitors. According to an article by Swedish Nomad, a popular travel blog, Tijuana is considered the murder capital of the world with its current homicide rates. It’s also a hotspot for human trafficking and drug-related killings.
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Homicides per 100,000 in 2018: 111
Homicides in 2018: 948
Since 2013, Acapulco has been the most or second most dangerous Mexican city. The fascinating mountains and landscapes in the city can’t cover up the increased number of drug trafficking and other crimes there. Reports have said that organized crime, robbery, snatching, and drug battles are rampant in Acapulco. It is highly recommended for travelers to avoid crossing the city, especially at night.
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Homicides per 100,000 in 2018: 100
Homicides in 2018: 2,980
The capital city of Venezuela has long been listed as one of the most dangerous cities in the world. Its high crime levels are caused by the country’s political situation and civil unrest. According to an article by The Mysterious World, an online site that features unknown and most interesting facts about the living planet, universe, and lifestyle of people, the increased murder rate is also driven by economic instability and shortage of food. Snatching and pickpocketing are rampant in the city.
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Ciudad Victoria, Mexico
Homicides per 100,000 in 2018: 86
Homicides in 2018: 314
Located in the northeast part of the Mexican state, Ciudad Victoria reports a large number of violent incidents every day. Although it has a small population of about 365,000 residents, killings and related activities are rampant. In recent years, there have been turf wars between offshoot gangs that split off from the Gulf and Zeta cartels in the wake of heightened security operations. Travelers should avoid the city for security reasons.
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Ciudad Guayana, Venezuela
Homicides per 100,000 in 2018: 78
Homicides in 2018: 645
For two consecutive years, Ciudad Guayana was considered as the second most dangerous city in the country despite a slight drop in the homicide rate last year. Aside from the high homicide rates, the city also suffers from poverty and low economic stability. It is home to a lot of drug workers and traffickers. It is important not to display any mobile phone or camera in public.
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Homicides per 100,000 in 2018: 75
Homicides in 2018: 1,185
Natal, the capital and largest city in Rio Grande do Norte, has experienced a decline in homicide rates in recent years. However, it was Brazil’s murder capital for three consecutive years. The beaches are a regular place for a robbery. Travelers reported that a lot of thieves roam around and target people’s camera and valuable things. In some worse cases, robbery at gunpoint is a normal occurrence.
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Homicides per 100,000 in 2018: 69
Homicides in 2018: 2,724
Located in Northeastern Brazil, Fortaleza has become infamous for having an alarmingly high murder rate. Its fascinating cultural life and historical aspects can’t hide the fact that the city has been suffering from many theft cases in public transport facilities. Bars, clubs, and party halls are considered dangerous places for tourists.