10 Most Dangerous Cities in the World
When you are traveling to another country as a tourist, there are many places you would love to visit. However, there are also certain places which are some of the most dangerous cities for tourists. These cities are termed dangerous due to the high crime rates as well as the poor law and order in those cities. As such, you must avoid visiting these places as much as possible. Here is a list of top 10 most dangerous cities for tourists.
- Bogota, Colombia-When we talk about international drug cartels and capitals, Colombia and Mexico are probably the first two countries which come into mind. Talking about Colombia, although the entire country is not involved in drug trafficking, Colombia’s capital Bogotá is definitely one city which is inseparable from drugs. The city is ravaged by narco-terrorist gangs. There was a recent bomb blast in 2010 and another averted by the authorities. Certain militant groups even kidnap civilians and hold them for ransom or political bargaining. The crime rate in the city and the country is sufficient to tell you to avoid Bogotá for all practical purposes.
- Ciudad Juárez, Mexico
Mexico has become a synonym for international drug cartels in recent years. And when it comes to Mexico, you can call Ciudad Juárez as its drug and crime capital. Undoubtedly, Ciudad Juárez is a fast growing city. However, crime and drug trafficking is also growing at an alarming rate here. It is called the “most violent zone” outside the declared war zones in the world. In 2008, there were around 1,400 murders here and in 2010, there were 2,500 drug-related deaths. It is hard to determine when one will be kidnapped or hit by a stray bullet here.
- Port-au-Prince, Haiti
When we talk about Haiti, the first few things which come to mind are probably voodoo, black magic and frequent earthquakes. Now it is time to add two more things to that – drugs and high crime rate. Isn’t it a deadly combination? The capital of Haiti, Port-au-Prince sees regular demonstrations and violence. Though there is a police force, the real control is with criminals. Even the U.N. force in Haiti doesn’t assure you your safety. Haiti is one of the most important transit points of drugs into USA. Naturally, every drug related crime can be found here, especially in Port-au-Prince.
- Caracas, Venezuela
Caracas has consistently ranked as one of the most dangerous cities in the world. The city is dubbed as the illegal drug capital and the murder capital of the world. Crime rate has increased by more than 300% in the last three decades. Venezuela lies between Columbia and USA. Naturally, it sees a lot of drug trafficking and drug-related crimes such as armed robberies, killings and kidnapping. Even the places assumed safe for tourists are not spared. Investigations reveal that the police officers are very much involved in these crimes. The airport itself is rife with corruption and crime. Added to these are small time thieves, pickpockets and scammers.
- Mogadishu, Somalia
The first thing which comes to mind when we talk about Somalia is the ripping poverty. And then there is the picture of the despicable Somali sea pirates. All these are true, thanks to the poverty and poor law and order. There is a government here, but the country is more or less ruled by the terrorists. In September 2010, two suicide bombers attacked the Mogadishu airport killing them. Think about a crime and in all probability, you will find that in Mogadishu. There are also armed conflicts between rival militias. Brutal cross-border warring, terrorist attacks and violent street crimes are a part of daily business here.
- Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
You must never carry anything valuable when you are traveling, especially if you are going to Santo Domingo. Thefts and pick pocketing cases against tourists are very common. However, there is an increasing trend of violence against both foreigners and locals. There are also increasing reports of car thefts. The city sees periodic demonstrations, strikes and protests. Though most of these demonstrations do not occur in tourist areas, it is advised to maintain caution of where you go.
- Chechnya, Russia
The land of Chechnya has been brutally ravaged by the conflict between the Chechen rebels and Russian forces since the 1990s. Due to this, many Chechens fled to neighboring countries such as Azerbaijan and Dagestan. Corruption, mob and gangsters create regular problems for authority here. Criminal and political murders, organized crime, kidnapping and rape cases are very high. There are attempts of rebuilding some of the destroyed buildings, but most people still live without water and electricity.
- Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Are you shocked that a famous city like Rio can be in this list? No, I am not dreaming. What if I said that you may be actually mugged here with a gun to your head? Unfortunately, this is true not only for visitors from outside Brazil, but also to people visiting this city from others parts of Brazil. The city is ravaged by corruption, drug trafficking, poverty and an increasing gap between the poor and rich. Tourists are actually advised here to stay back in their hotel rooms after sunset. There are approximately 1,500 murders an year in Rio.
- Cape Town, South Africa
Cape Town is another city in the world where you can be robbed and mugged in open daylight with a gun pointing to your head. And don’t bother reporting it to the authorities as they are helpless. South Africa is a developing country and as such, there are still a plenty of law and order problems. However, Cape Town is a complete mess. The police seem to be defenseless against crimes as they are torn between maintaining law and order on one hand and being viewed as tyrants by the poverty-stricken residents on the other. Mugging, rapes, drugs and murders are common problems here.
- Detroit, USA
Who would think of a dangerous city in one of the most advanced countries of the world? It is a sad but true fact that even a country such as America has some of the worst areas you can imagine. Detroit is just one among the cities in USA such as St. Louis, New Orleans and Camden which are considered dangerous. Detroit is the hub for some of the best car manufacturing companies in the world. But what hit the place so bad was the devastated economy. The government razed and closed down the entire neighborhoods at once. Naturally, the poverty here has led the angry citizens to resort to violence and all sorts of criminal activities.
So, these are the top 10 most dangerous cities for tourists, you must avoid visiting if you value your life.