Top 10 Most Dangerous Cities in the World
Some cities are famous for their unique architecture, some for their skyscrapers, some for their culture and nightlife.
Well, we're not interested in all that nonsense. Below you'll discover the most dangerous cities in the world - the ones where wandering into the wrong part of town can lead to you being mugged, abducted, or outright killed.
Cape Town, South Africa
Located on the southern tip of Africa, Cape Town is considered one of the most beautiful cities in South Africa, and for good reason. Its lavish landscapes and tranquil beauty attract millions of tourists each year. It therefore comes as a surprise that every year, tourists and locals alike are subjected to robbery, theft, murder, and kidnapping. Car hijackings by the mafia and drug addicts are also a common occurrence in the city, whose crime rate is the highest in South Africa due to huge economic and social disparities.
Of course, many areas of the city are perfectly safe, and for the most part Cape Town is seen as a fantastic holiday destination. It is important, though, to steer clear of the crime-ridden areas, which include Seapoint, Salt River, Cape Flats, Observatory and Mowbray.
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Despite being a tourist magnet and the second-largest city in Brazil, Rio de Janeiro has been considered one of the world's most dangerous cities for many years. As if violent gun crimes and drug trafficking wasn't enough, the city is also plagued by assassination attempts between the drug dealing cartels who pretty much control the city.
The murder rate in the city is so high that over 30 people lose their lives from crime-related activity every week. Many of these murders are caused by stray bullets.
Ciudad Juarez, Mexico
In 2009 Ciudad Juarez was called "the most violent zone in the world outside of declared war zones", and for good reason. Plagued with gang wars, drug cartels and abuse of women, the city's murder rate is estimated at around 130 per 100,000 citizens.
As a result of the implementation of NAFTA and the exponential rise in job opportunities in the city, hundreds of female factory workers have been murdered, and violence towards women has been on the rise. In under a decade around 300 women have gone missing and over 400 have been victims of sexual homicide.
Muzaffarabad, Kashmir, Pakistan
Muzaffarabad is known as Paradise on Earth and is a spectacular place, well worth visiting due to its serene lakes, magnificent landscapes and lush greenery. Despite this, demonstrations, processions and rallies occur throughout the city on a regular basis and disturb the daily life of its citizens.
Being in the center of contention between India and Pakistan, a memory of the cold war days, it is believed that Muzaffarabad is surrounded by three nuclear powers that could lead to a nuclear holocaust at any time if things heat up. It might not be an understatement to say that living in the city might be one of the most stressful things a person would want to experience.
Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo
Crimes of opportunity, including pick-pocketing and muggings are a norm in the city, and are mainly committed by homeless children, also known as "sheggehs". Due to the high rate of vehicle thefts, hijackings, and armed robbery, it is recommended by the local municipalities to drive with windows closed and doors locked at all times within the city borders.
Even public transportation is unsafe in the city, as pick-pockets and muggings occur frequently in major transit lines, and make daily life in the city dangerous and unsafe.
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.