One of the prevalent aspects of rural–urban migration is the effect scarce resources has on the crime rate. This is usually the case in developing countries where there are limited jobs for an ever-increasing number of immigrants. Many immigrants, when faced with the disappointment of not finding the high paying jobs and better living conditions, usually turn to the easiest way out. So some of the world’s most promising metropolis have become some of the most dangerous cities to travel. This is a list of the most dangerous cities to travel, based on the murder rate, the effectiveness of the justice system and the prevalence of organized crime. So if you wish to travel, dangerous cities such as the following must be avoided as much as possible. But if hard pressed to travel to any of these cities take these precautions.
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10. Ciudad Juarez, Mexico
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What is more frustrating about a crime is the absence of a good justice system. If you wish to travel, dangerous cities like Ciudad Juarez should not be a priority. Most of the police are in the books of drug gangs who run the city. So do not expect your police report to have any meaning.
9. Rio De Janeiro
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Thank you, Rio for a very successful Olympics and shame on you Ryan Lochte. This does not, however, stop us from rightfully placing Rio de Janeiro as 9th of the most dangerous cities to travel. Despite being one of the most popular destinations to travel to, dangerous cities like Rio must be visited after taking the appropriate safety precautions. It is noteworthy that the streets of Rio are a whole lot safer than just under a decade ago.
8. Cape Town
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Despite being an appealing place – laden with natural beauty and nature reserves – to travel, dangerous cities like Cape Town can be a nightmare, at night.
Cape Town’s presence on this list of the most dangerous cities to travel is partly thanks to the social unrest and poverty-driven street crimes and high murder rate of 65.53 per 100,000.
7. Guatemala City, Guatemala
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The capital of Guatemala is a highly sought after tourist destination. This Caribbean city attracts millions of tourists annually. However, it also on this list of the most dangerous cities to travel for all valid reason. The city has a murder rate of 47.17 per 100,000. Common crimes tourists have to cope with are car robberies, bus holdups, street robberies, and carjackings.
6. Acapulco City, Mexico
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The sudden transformation of Acapulco from a calm, luxurious destination for tourists to one of the most dangerous cities to travel is a morbid testament to the influence of drug trade. Acapulco has one of the highest murder rates in the world, an astonishing 104.73 for every 100,000 persons. It is a common advice for those traveling to Acapulco to stay within the premises of the resort you are lodged.
5. Karachi, Pakistan
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Karachi stakes a claim to the 5th position on this list of the most dangerous cities to travel. Its unpredictable, yet ubiquitous, acts of violence are to be blamed for this. Thanks to political unrest, gang warfare, suicide bombings, assassinations and suicide bombings; Karachi is one of the most dangerous cities to live in the world today.
4. Baghdad, Iraq
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Just saying, Baghdad should not be on your list of cities to travel. Dangerous cities like Baghdad should be avoided at all cost – at least, for now. This war-torn, conflict-plagued country is rightfully on the US ‘do not travel.’ Plagued by bombings and other sudden outbreaks of terrorism, you should have no reason to be going there.
3. Kabul, Afghanistan
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Kabul is a proud member of the most dangerous cities to travel, a position it has cemented over the past two decades. It is a badge it does not wish to relinquish soon. The odds of violence breaking daily are as high as the likelihood of finding a McDonald’s outlet in California.
2. Caracas, Venezuela
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The capital metropolis of Venezuela is one of the most dangerous cities to travel. Caracas has the highest murder rate in the world with 119.87 people murdered for every 100,000 people. Plagued by drug gangs, street muggings are a common place. Though not included in this list of the most dangerous cities to travel, many other Venezuelan cities have equally high crime and murder rates.
1. San Pedro Sula, Honduras
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San Pedro Sula has the second highest murder rate in the world at 111.03 for every 100,000. Well known for its flourishing arms trafficking trade, San Pedro Sula should not be a place you should choose to visit unless you are some sort of undercover operative. San Pedro Sula has, however, been taking steps to reduce its murder rate dropping it from a jaw-dropping 169 per 100,000 – then the highest in the world.
These are the top ten most dangerous cities to travel. Whilst we feel you would do well to avoid these cities. Please do not fail to let us know what you think. We cherish your opinion.