Top 10 Dangerous Cities In The World – Where Not To Visit

Top 10 Dangerous Cities In The WorldAre you wondering what the top 10 dangerous cities in the world are? All over the world we are facing security threats from many different groups.

Sometimes these threats are by international terrorist groups and sometimes local criminal gangs.

If a threat is by an external force like an international terrorist group, then all of the intelligence and law enforcement agencies work together.

Sometimes though it is a more dangerous situation: when local criminals and their gangs get stronger. It can oftentimes be difficult for the police to distinguish them from the general public.

Around the world, we have cities which are occupied with such criminals and their gangs. Below is a list of these top 10 dangerous cities in the world with respect to their crime and violence history, as well as present crime rate and density. They are probably not places you want to visit in the near future.


10. Caracas, Venezuela

Slums In Caracas Venezuela 2

Caracas, the center and capital city of Venezuela, is occupied by street criminals, drug dealing gangs, and smugglers. The gang fights have made the law and order situation in the city impossible.

Robbery, assault, kidnapping, murder and rape are common violent crimes in the city. This situation has made Caracas an undesirable city for tourists. Like the capital, other cities of the Venezuela are facing the same situation of crime and are affected by the inordinate amount of drugs smugglers.

9. Ciudad Juarez, Mexico

Ciudad Juarez Mexico
Image attributed to Astrid Bussink.

In the ninth position in our list, we have Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. It is one of the most violent and occupied city by criminals and drug dealers. Although you find a lot of criminals and gangs around the state, in Ciudad Juarez there is a main concentration of all these gang and drug dealers.

If you review the police performance, it is not satisfactory because of bribes from the criminals. In other words, we can say that the police in Ciudad Juarez are doing two jobs at a time: one for the state and other for the criminals.

8. Distrito Central, Honduras

Distrito Central Honduras
Image attributed to Chamo Estudio.

Distrito Central, Honduras is number eight in our list of top 10 dangerous cities in the world. The crime and the number of criminals increased greatly over the past few years.

The main reason behind the increase is the unemployment and lack of job opportunities. The city is essentially held hostage by the drug mafias and the street gangs.

Crimes like murder, robbery and smuggling are common. Police have failed to control the situation and implement the law.

7. Cape Town, South Africa

Cape Town South Africa
Image attributed to Victor Grigas

This beautiful city of South Africa was a big attraction for the tourists at one time, but in the past years it became a center of crime and gang wars. The main reason behind the unrest is the poverty and social imbalance.

Although the city is still beautiful and has a number of attractions for the tourists, the high violence causes the tourists to avoid it.

6. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Rio de Janeiro BrazilIn the sixth position on our list, we have the famous city in Brazil, Rio de Janeiro.  Rio de Janeiro has a lot of tourist attractions, but has developed many security issues over the past few years.

We all witnessed the difficulty the city had in attracting some of the Olympic athletes recently. Therefore it is not recommended that you should go there, without extreme safety precautions.


5. Acapulco, Mexico

Acapulco Mexico
Image Attributed to Mitrush

We have another city of Mexico in our list at number five, Acapulco. It has been, and still is, a popular vacation spot due to the luxurious and beautiful resorts and hotels.

But, the emergence of the drug gangs and the increasing street crimes have made it dangerous for the visitors and the residents as well.

Street crimes like street robbery, assault, murder and gang wars are common in the streets. This city has one of the highest murder rates in the world. It is directed by all of the tourist companies that tourists stay on the resort’s properties and not try to move around at night in the city.

4. Baghdad, Iraq

Baghdad Iraq

Baghdad is an important city in Iraq which is in a state of unrest due to the American militant forces leaving. The wars of the past few years has made the situation difficult for the residents of the city.

Few think about visiting the state. Baghdad has a stream of violence by the terrorists. Bombings, fires and other violent actions are common there. That’s why we have it at the fourth position in our list.

3. Sana’a, Yemen

Sanaa Yemen
Image Attributed to Rod Waddington

Sana’a, Yemen is facing a terrible wave of crime, unrest, terrorism and gang wars from a long spam of time. According to the analysts, the major reason behind all of these issues are the political instability and the recent emergence of violent groups.

Although, United States and the Gulf allies are helping the state to settle down things and maintain the peace situation in the city, their efforts seem meaningless. But we all have a hope that one day this condition will over and all of the residents of Sana’a, Yemen have a relaxed and peaceful life style.

2. Abidjan, Ivory Coast

Abidjan Ivory Coast
Image Attributed to Ferdinand Reus

Abidjan, Ivory Coast is at the second position in the list of top 10 dangerous cities in the world. Although recently we witnessed the arrest of Laurent Gbagbo, which gave the residents hope of a liberal and peaceful future.

But they still have a lot of challenges which are a barrier to the peace of the city. The situation is still critical and unpredictable because of the pressure groups and gangs which are creating a fuss.

1. San Pedro Sula, Honduras

San Pedro Sula Honduras

At the top of the list, we have San Pedro Sula, Honduras which has been the most dangerous city of the world for several years. All of the tourists and their guides avoid going there as well.

The city have poor business and social conditions due to bad gang wars, drug dealings, poor law and order situation and plenty of violent social and street crimes.

Top 10 Dangerous Cities In The World

Have you ever visited any of these cities? If so, leave a comment below and share how you felt while visiting. Were you scared?

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