Top 10 Most Dangerous Cities in the World
Violence and civil war has demolished the whole infrastructure of Mogadishu, forcing people to live a life of refuge in their own country.
Although Mogadishu is the capital of Somalia, the government seems to be helpless in controlling the surging crime rate. Ethnic conflicts and guerrilla warfare between Ethiopian and Somali troops cause a constant emigration from the city, as armed militia carry out violent crimes such as murder, armed robbery, and even kidnapping against its citizens.
Suicide bombings, car bombings and planted explosives have made the dream of a quiet, tranquil life in Baghdad-Iraq impossible. The crime rate soared after American troops took over the country. Many Iraqis fled the country in 2003 due to anarchy, shortage of food and electricity and other life threats.
Since the fall of Saddam Hussein's regime in 2003, sex trafficking has also become a major problem due to growing poverty in the city. There are even reported cases of mothers pimping their daughters.
The crime rate in Caracas is very high, and even the government issues warnings to tourists as part of their travel advice when visiting the city. Kidnappings are a common occurrence and - although most victims are local residents - some tourists have been known to be taken as well. Incidents of violent muggings have also been on the rise in recent years.
If that wasn't enough, there's also a high incidence of street crime, mostly armed. The pick-pockets in the city are considered some of the best in the world, and no, there is no reward for excellence in this field.
Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
Crime is a huge problem throughout the Dominican Republic, but nowhere more-so than in the capital, Santo Domingo. Tourist are a common target for pick-pockets and muggers, and violent crimes are reported to be on the rise in the city.
If you're fond of your valuables you would be well advised to leave them at home when touring the city. There is a good chance you will return without some of the items you left with, so try to make sure that everything you take with you is replaceable.
Detroit, Michigan, USA
Detroit has been ranked one of the most dangerous cities in the U.S, due mainly to a slow but constant economic decline. It is estimated that the rate of violent crime in the city is 2,135 to every 100,000 residents.
In 2009 the city saw more than 379 cases of homicide. Scarcity of jobs in the much-populated city is the key reason for depression among the residents. This compels them to get involved in criminal activities.