These Are The Most Violent Cities In The World

Violence occurs all over the world, but cities
and other urban areas have long been linked with the worst of it. So where on Earth is the worst of the worst? From third world towns to major U.S. hubs,
here are some of the world’s most violent cities. After World War II, Los Cabos’ popularity
as a destination holiday spot skyrocketed, in large part thanks to the patronage of Hollywood
stars such as Elizabeth Taylor and John Wayne. And the 21st century brought this Mexican
hotspot another boom in tourism — along with a plea from the U.S. State Department
for tourists to exercise increased caution when visiting. While the Los Cabos Tourism Board has invested
millions in increasing security, InSight Crime’s statistics state that the number of murders
have nonetheless risen almost 300 percent between 2016 and 2017. That’s triple the national average across
the entirety of Baja California Sur, and most of the violence is connected to the surge
in organized crime, which can often spill out onto the streets. And here’s the thing — these crime waves
are also incredibly unpredictable. In the summer of 2018, The Guardian was reporting
that an increased police presence in the resort town was actually working to decrease instances
of crime in the area. But by early 2019, that lull had ended. According to the Citizen Council for Public
Security and Criminal Justice: “Such is the high level of violence and inter-cartel
feuding that increasing numbers of high-ranking Mexican drug traffickers are surrendering
to US police for protection.” Worse still, both Los Cabos and nearby La
Paz have seen the splintering of cartels and an increase in the number of killings of journalists
and human rights activists. Caracas According to Reuters, Venezuela’s crime rate
dropped slightly in late 2018, but an annual report from the Venezuelan Observatory of
Violence found the country still had the highest murder rate in the world: 81.4 per 100,000
people. And according to The Washington Post, a weird
thing is happening in the country’s capital of Caracas. The streets are empty, criminals can no longer
afford weapons, and there’s no point in robbing many of the other city-dwellers, since most
people don’t actually possess anything of value. But the murder rate is still high, and even
though theft crimes are down, there’s been an increase in the number of young men killed
by police. Specifically, the problem lies with an elite
police force known as FAES, which the government says is targeting criminals and that the human
rights organizations have labelled as a death squad. And there’s another huge problem in Caracas,
too. Starvation is so rampant that, although people
aren’t stealing money, they are stealing food. Restaurants, grocery stores, and anyone carrying
groceries or food is a prime target, and scores of people are being forced into a life of
crime driven by their need to put food on the table. An average of 73 people a day die in Venezuela,
many of them victims of violence spurred on by circumstance and starvation. Acapulco In 2017, The Washington Post called Acapulco
“Mexico’s Murder Capital,” and they really weren’t exaggerating. The problem has two heads: the major drug
cartels and the smaller neighbourhood gangs. “They decapitate innocent people, they hang
innocent people. They are not cartels, they are criminal groups.” Together, these groups are responsible for
extortions, kidnappings, car thefts, human smuggling, and all kinds of drug-related crime. Local businesses are forced to pay as much
as half their earnings in protection money, and gunfire is a common sound in the streets. It’s said things started to get really bad
back in 2006, when a neighborhood shootout left corpses in the street and no doubts about
the fact that Acapulco had become a major stop on the drug routes that led to the US. Consequently, Acapulco is no longer the seaside
paradise it once was, and the activity of rival gangs have driven thousands of businesses
out of town. The President of the Federation of Chambers
of Commerce, Services, and Tourism has even described the area as being in a state of
“mass psychosis.” And sure, things have gotten better recently,
but not by much. As of early 2019, Forbes described Acapulco
as being effectively an active warzone, with countless days punctuated by threats from
the city’s criminals — threats occasionally delivered in the form of a decapitated head,
or a dead tourist. St. Louis When you think of crime-ridden cities in the
US, St. Louis, Missouri might not be the first to come to mind — but according to police
data compiled by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch in 2019, not only is gun use on the rise,
but violent crimes are more frequently ending in deaths. In 2017, the city had the highest murder rate
in the country, with 66.1 people per 100,000 winding up as the victims of homicide. St. Louis mayor Lyda Krewson blamed relaxed
gun laws as being a huge part of the problem, suggesting these laws aren’t just making it
easier for people to carry guns, but making work harder for the police, too. “I think that it makes policing really, really,
really difficult as if it isn’t hard enough already.” Also in 2017, The Guardian looked at data
regarding the locations of St. Louis’s homicides, and found they could even pinpoint the street
where most of the shootings happened: Natural Bridge Avenue. This long stretch of road has been mentioned
in song lyrics, and some residents have described it as feeling like a battlefield in Iraq. When St. Louis Magazine compiled the crime
stats for 2018 and compared them to the previous year, they found they were down by 6 percent
overall, up in certain neighborhoods, and still pretty horrible. There were a shocking 23,857 instances of
crime reported in 2018, averaging about 65 reports per day. Montego Bay In 2018, the governments of Canada and the
United Kingdom issued a dire warning to their citizens who were vacationing in Jamaica:
Do not leave your resort. These warnings came in response to the country’s
declaration of a state of emergency, kicked off by a military that was hoping to get a
handle on the rampant arms trafficking and violent gang activity in the area of St. James
Parish. By spring of 2019, the US government was also
issuing severe warnings to tourists headed to the capital of Kingston and resort towns
such as Montego Bay. They cited high instances of armed robberies
and sexual assaults, and noted that these events were happening more and more frequently
even within the perceived safety of all-inclusive resorts. Even more troubling, some victims who have
come forward have claimed the resort properties themselves have offered free perks in exchange
for victims’ silence. According to Business Insider, tourists were
warned not to travel at night and to avoid some neighborhoods completely because of the
frequency of gunfire. On top of that, they were also cautioned that
law enforcement was stretched so thin that the police would be unable to answer many
of their calls and reports of violent crimes. Cape Town South Africa’s problems with widespread violence
are very well-known. According to The Economist, there was a brief
lull in violent activity in the years following their move towards democracy in 1994, but
in recent years that violence has once again skyrocketed — particularly in Cape Town. The murder rate in Cape Town has jumped 60
percent in the years leading up to 2018, and in some areas, it’s estimated that criminal
activity hit 93 percent of households. That was in 2016, and in 2019, South African
president Cyril Ramaphosa sent in the army after more than 2,000 people were killed over
a span of just seven months. The soldiers were slated to stay on patrol
through the streets from July to October, but residents interviewed by The Guardian
insisted this wasn’t enough. Instead, they said that this was just a temporary
fix that would do nothing in the long term to fix the deep racial divide running through
the city — or stem the tide of gang-related violence that is tearing the streets apart. Incredibly, Reuters reports that the military’s
move into the streets of Cape Town is really nothing new for the city. In fact, soldiers are often deployed during
Christmas and New Year, when the crime rate spikes so high that police need extra help. Baltimore In 2015, the death of Freddie Gray dominated
headlines across the US. And in Baltimore, Maryland, it kicked off
a wave of violence that has been on the rise ever since. According to The Washington Post, there are
now too many funerals and trials for the members of Mothers of Murdered Sons and Daughters
United to attend. In fact, they’ve had to recruit more and more
members who go to as many as four funerals in a weekend. The problem isn’t just the skyrocketing murder
rate, either. It’s also the fact that homicide arrests are
down, and the causes of that are many. Police are getting less and less help from
residents, they’re severely understaffed, and riots and protests mean they’re hesitant
to leave the relative safety of their vehicles. Experts say Baltimore is ripe for a crime
rate that is only going to continue to rise. Many residents struggle in poverty, segregation
is still the norm, and given recent events, the division between law enforcement and civilians
is getting wider and wider. That means in many cases, police know who
the guilty party is, but they can’t get an arrest without witnesses. Even as they try, riots and rallies turn bloody,
and the violent crime rate rises ever further. New Orleans Memorial Day in 2019 was a bloody one in New
Orleans, when ten separate incidents left 11 people injured and five killed by gunshots. That raised the monthly number of shootings
to 42, the highest in a single month since the beginning of 2018. Leading up to that was a weekend of violence
that struck the city just days before Mardi Gras. For example, five people waiting at a bus
stop were caught in the crossfire between armed robbers and police. This was just one of almost a dozen shootings,
including one involving two teenage victims and a man who died after being involved in
a drive-by. Law enforcement was quick to reassure residents
of their safety, but reports suggest that the gun violence has become so widespread
that it’s left a whole generation of young residents vulnerable to developing PTSD. “It’s like this. Either you go numb, or you become part of
it either way.” Some spots in the city are worse than others,
of course — for example, the Magnolia Projects are well-known as a hotspot for murder, drugs
and gang violence. And inevitably, those who spend their childhoods
in these areas are likely to struggle for the rest of their lives without help. And in the poorest neighborhoods of New Orleans,
help is hard to come by, especially in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina — the scars
of which are still felt across the city today. Rio de Janeiro Brazil has a staggeringly high national murder
rate: 27 people per 100,000. But as of 2019, the city of Rio de Janeiro
had gone even further above that, hitting a murder rate of 39 people per 100,000. Some have gone as far as to call the city
the new murder capital of Brazil — because the city is failing where the once-equally-violent
Sao Paulo is succeeding. There, increased security and better trained
law enforcement has led to a massive drop in crime, and experts are hoping to learn
some valuable lessons that can be applied to Rio. But what’s causing the violence in Rio de
Janeiro? Since 2016, the city has been hit with a series
of misfortunes, including political scandals, economic collapse, and ineffectual leadership. Cutbacks have also hit the city hard, with
ex-police officers even forming their own militias and turning to extortion to make
their money. Estimates suggest as much as 40 percent of
the city is under the thumb of these militias. On top of that, what remains of the city’s
law enforcement have given gangs just enough room to thrive and grow, and that’s led to
an unfortunate — and unsurprising — increase in street violence. Check out one of our newest videos right here! Plus, even more Grunge videos about your favorite
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  1. I'm only a quarter of the way through the video. But I'm guessing they will all be liberal and socialist shitholes. In the people smart enough to leave these places and come here. Are too stupid to quit voting liberal and socialist.

  2. Criminals don't care about laws, so more gun laws isn't going to do much in solving the problem…

  3. I would rather see a good citizen own guns than criminals. It takes police time to make it to a crime scene so it's better to be ready to defend yourself. There were times I was robbed and beaten by thugs, but if I had a gun then the story would've been different. Our constitution states that our rights to guns SHALL NO BE INFRINGED. The purpose is to guard ourselves from government gone rogue. Too many Democrats/socialist want to strip these rights. 1938 5he Germans were stipped of this and free speech and HISTORY SHOWS WHAT HAPPENED.

  4. What do all these places have in common? There all democratic led cities or ad in Venezuelas case socialists where they are eating out of trash dumpsters. This is what the left has in store for us. This is what they want for us. MAGA 🇺🇲🦅 🇺🇲🦅 🇺🇲🦅 🇺🇲 2020


  6. Well Venezuela is in a diff league of their own due to their idiot leader. They are amidst a tragedy of starvation, illnesses and environmental issues among others. They are fighting to survive should of kept anywhere in Venezuela off this list.

  7. This is the problem with concentrated wealth. People don't have to be poor for us to be rich. If everyone owned something they would look to improve what they have not take from other. obviously crime will always exist but they could be rare. Also education so people can make something of themselves versus crime as the best opportunity and need to make consolidate culture so it's not us and them. I know it's not that simple but it kinda is at least to work towards a better future maybe not perfection

  8. You can't have a gun to protect yourself. instead give the government your guns and they will protect you, with their guns. Who will protect us from the government's guns??

  9. Since 9-7-19 Chicago has 50 shootings. The media only sensationalizes White shooters.

  10. The most evil and corrupt gang in Mexico is the government. They’re the same if not worse…. no thanks

  11. Suprised Surrey isn't on this.. you can't go out to a daycare center without getting shot.

  12. I cancelled a trip to Acapulco b/c bloggers talked about sporadic violence–the only place to find honesty about it.

  13. Democratic-led major cities has led to violence, death, corruption. It will only get worse if one of them gets elected. Go out and vote for the safety of your fucking family.

  14. Really out of 8 there are 3 from the U.S. come on the world is a big place do more research

  15. Black lives matter. Come on people take responsibility . Start helping the police and quit helping the criminals.

  16. 3 weeks ago Cape Town, South Africa had 42 murders between that Saturday and Sunday and it's nothing outrageous it's actually normal for us. The South African military stepped in and it changed nothing. You know it's bad when the gangsters starts to say on the news that the police are corrupt. Recently Cape Town has been recognised as one of the most dangerous cities in the world.

  17. I was called out to 3 murders this week already. Because it was in my area in Cape Town.

  18. When you have no answer to your screwed up city and are afraid to tell the truth in fear of being politically incorrect, put the blame on guns.
    Also Baltimore is a democrat controlled city just like Chicago and all democratic controlled cities!!

  19. This is not very well done. Many facts are either misstated or unclear due to the phrasing. For instance "Increased 60% in the years leading up to 2016." Does this mean per year? Doubtful, so is an increase over a span of years but the span is not given. This was put together quickly without much thought.

  20. If guns are the problem then why do we see so much violence in places where guns are completely illegal?

  21. You make it sound as if the whole of Cape Town is a war zone! I'm not denying there is no crime there, but your report is somewhat misleading. To put things into perspective, Cape Town is an area of about 2,455 square kilometres in size. The area you are referring to is called the Cape Flats roughly 50km in size. Yes, it's violent, but it's contained to this one area, especially where deploying the army is concerned.

  22. I live near St Louis. As a metropolitan area as a whole which includes the county and other nearby cities, St Louis is relatively safe. The violence is generally isolated to specific areas. Stay away from the drug infested north side and you will likely survive.

  23. JESUS IS THE WAY …..everywhere else is full of fucking violent ,cunting , slutttish attention whores

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