Last Updated on September 23, 2020
You wouldn’t dare travel to one of these countries without thinking (or rather freaking out) about your safety. While many countries around the world face challenges with crime, the ones on this list have the highest murder rates in the entire world.
Unfortunately, the homicide rate is particularly high for tourists. This is enough reason to be extremely careful when visiting these countries or very simply to avoid visiting at all costs.
Located in Central America, the Republic of Honduras has a population of more than 9 million people and an extremely high murder rate at around 19.4 murders per 100,000 individuals. This means that out of every 1,000 people, one person is guaranteed to be killed.
Many people head to Honduras every year to spend their vacation, but sadly, local criminals and murderers regard tourists as their main target. The country’s high murder rate is linked to the widespread drug dealing and crime.
This country has the world’s 2nd highest homicide rate! Venezuela’s population is more than 31 million, and heartbreakingly, around 50 out of every 100,000 people are murdered on a yearly basis.
In fact, in only one year, at least 27,875 people have been killed. It’s no surprise then that only less than 20 percent of locals can feel safe while walking the streets alone at night.
Venezuela has plenty of amazing tourist attractions to offer, yet, tourists are advised against traveling to the country due to the high murder rate, as well as to the frequent kidnapping.
Belize is Central America’s least populated country, with an estimated population of only 387,879. Although this country has so much to offer when it comes to tourist attractions, travelers are still scared to visit because of the high murder rate.
Every year, 45 out of every 100,000 people are killed. And this is highly alarming for a country that has such a small number of residents.
The most dangerous part in this country though is Belize City, which hosts 50% of all the yearly murders. The scary crime and homicide rates are mainly associated with the country’s gang violence.
El Salvador is not only Central America’s smallest country but also the most populated one, with a population of around 6.4 million individuals. Unluckily for both residents and tourists, this country has a very high crime and murder rate.
In fact, around 41.2 out of every 100,000 people are murdered every year. This high homicide rate is mainly attributed to gang-related dangerous activities. Therefore, tourists are recommended against visiting this country.
Located in Central America, the Republic of Guatemala has terrifying crime and homicide rates. With a population of about 16.6 million people, the country witnessed 40 murders for every 100,000 people (as for 2016.) It was also reported that more than 100 people are killed on a weekly basis.
Looking at the extremely high violent crime and homicide rates, tourists should better avoid visiting this country. Moreover, the murder rate has even been increasing over the previous few years.
This island country is situated in the Caribbean Sea, with one of the highest homicide rates in the entire world. The country’s population is around 2.8 million people. Horribly, over 39.3 out of every 100,000 individuals are killed. The majority of these killings is associated with organized crime which is concentrated in big cities.
Jamaica is a beautiful country with many great attractions to offer, especially the stunning beaches. Yet, sadly, tourists are advised to avoid it at all costs or at least research the areas that can be safe to visit.
Lesotho is located in the southern region of Africa and is a landlocked country without a single large water body around. It has a population of more than 2 million people. A significant percentage of the country’s population is living below the poverty line, which explains the scary murder rate.
In fact, Lesotho has one of the highest crime and homicide rates in the world, with 38 people out of every 10,000 being killed!
Swaziland, also known as the Kingdom of Eswatini, is a landlocked country with an estimated population of 1.3 million. Every year, 33.8 out of every 1,000 are killed, resulting in one of the highest homicide rates in the world.
Unfortunately, Swaziland also suffers from widespread horrible diseases, such as AIDS and TB (tuberculosis.) And with the deadly combination of high murder rates and diseases, the average life expectancy in this country is at the age of 50.
Saint Kitts and Nevis
Saint Kitts and Nevis is a gorgeous two-island nation that everyone would love to spend a vacation in one of its stunning beaches. It’s actually a very small state with a small population of only 54,821 people.
With the natural beauty and tiny population, one could hardly imagine that this country is home to frequent crimes and merciless murders. Saint Kitts and Nevis actually has one of the world’s highest murder rates. It is estimated that over 17 in every 50,000 people are killed every year.
South Africa is the largest country in southern Africa, with a large population of more than 56 million people. Unfortunately, this nation comes with an immense murder rate as well. Every year, at least 31 in every 100,000 people are killed, and according to police statistics, more than 50 individuals are being killed on a daily basis.
Not only murders, this country is also suffering from many other violent crimes such as assaults and rape.