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Top 7 Countries with Highest Crime Rate and Violence in the World

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The most dangerous countries in the world According To Global Peace Index are listed below. Skyblazon known as the updated Top 7 Countries with Highest Crime Rate and Violence in the World. With ongoing civil conflicts raging and terrorist attacks a near-daily occurrence, voilence which is the intentional use of physical force or power which either results in or has a high likelihood of resulting in injury, death, psychological harm, maldevelopment, or deprivation is high in some countries.

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Crime in Venezuela is widespread, with violent crimes such as murder and kidnapping often increasing annually. The United Nations has attributed crime to the poor political and economic environment in the country, which has the second highest murder rate in the world. Crime increased rapidly during the presidency of Hugo Chávez due to the institutional instability of his Bolivarian government. By the time Chávez died in 2013, Venezuela was ranked the most insecure nation in the world by Gallup.

Crime has also continued to increase under Chávez’s successor, President Nicolás Maduro, who continued Chávez’s policies that had disrupted Venezuela’s socioeconomic status. By 2015, crime, which was often the topic Venezuelans worried about the most according to polls, was the second largest concern compared to shortages in Venezuela. Crimes related to shortages and hunger increased shortly after, with growing incidents of looting occurring throughout the country. The majority of all crime in Venezuela remains unpunished according to Venezuela’s Prosecutor General’s Office, with 98% of crimes in Venezuela not resulting in prosecution.

Crime rates are higher in ‘barrios’ or ‘ranchos’ and after dark. Petty crime such as pick-pocketing is prevalent, particularly in public transport terminals in Caracas. As a result of the high levels of crime, Venezuelans were forced to change their ways of life due to the large insecurities they continuously experienced.

Venezuela is a significant route for drug trafficking, with Colombian cocaine and other drugs transiting Venezuela towards the United States and Europe. Venezuela ranks fourth in the world for cocaine seizures, behind Colombia, the United States, and Panama.
Corruption in Venezuela is high by world standards, and was so for much of the 20th century.

Both the rich and poor are victims of kidnapping, with criminals even fearing of being kidnapped by more powerful gangs. Venezuela is a source, transit, and destination country for men, women, and children subjected to sex trafficking and forced labor”.
Venezuela is especially dangerous toward foreign travelers and investors who are visiting. This is due to Venezuela’s economic problems.

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Corruption in South Sudan is among the worst in the world.


Corruption in South Sudan is among the worst in the world. The nation’s elites have developed a kleptocratic system that controls every part of the South Sudanese economy. This system has taken shape quickly in a relatively short period, South Sudan having won self-rule in 2005 while remaining part of Sudan, and having been accorded full sovereignty in 2011. The nation was ranked fifth on Transparency International’s 2014 list of most corrupt nations, preceded only by Somalia, North Korea, Sudan, and Afghanistan.

In a 2013 article, Nyol Gaar Nguen wrote that “outright thieves and looting of public funds in a broad day light by the enforcer or man in charge always reigns” in South Sudan.
Since becoming independent in 2011, South Sudan has experienced a continuous rise in crime, especially in Juba. This trend can be directly attributed to continued political instability, poor infrastructure, and widespread corruption. Years of civil war, tribal conflict, and political unrest have provided the population with ready access to weapons and the knowledge of how to use them.

Gunfire, especially in the hours of darkness, is not uncommon throughout the country. Violent crimes (murder, armed robbery, home invasions, cattle raiding, kidnapping) and non-violent petty theft and fraud are pervasive. In Juba, the most frequently reported violent crimes include: armed robbery, home invasions, and carjackings. No area of Juba is immune from crime. Neighborhoods where government leaders, business professionals, non-governmental organization staff, and foreign diplomats reside are specifically targeted by criminals.

Armed robberies, compound invasions, and carjackings are the most common type of violent crime to affect expatriates. These crimes generally occur during nighttime hours and often involve multiple perpetrators. In 2015, these crimes also occurred during daylight hours. In many cases, perpetrators wear host nation security service uniforms, carry military weapons, and use the ruse of legitimate check points or official business to stop individuals or gain access to compounds.

Those traveling alone or in small groups late evening hours (especially those walking) are most often the target of armed robberies. Home/compound invasions are common, especially in facilities with weak security, poor exterior lighting, and poor access control. Generally, perpetrators do not kill or seriously harm their victims, but the threat/use of force is not uncommon, and attempts to resist perpetrators will usually be met with violence.

The number of reported carjackings in Juba sharply increased during 2015. These incidents have been violent and have targeted the diplomatic and international communities. Most frequently, large sports utility vehicles are targeted at or shortly after dark when arriving/departing compounds on poorly maintained and poorly illuminated roads.

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Crime is a prominent issue in South Africa


Crime is a prominent issue in South Africa. The country has a very high rate of murders, assaults, rapes (adult, child, elderly and infant), and other crimes compared to most countries. Most emigrants from South Africa state that crime was a big factor in their decision to leave. The South African Police Service is responsible for managing 1,115 police stations across South Africa.

In February 2007, the Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation was contracted by the South African government to carry out a study on the nature of crime in South Africa. The study concluded that the country is exposed to high levels of violence as a result of different factors.

The high levels of inequality, poverty, unemployment, social exclusion and marginalization.
The vulnerability of young people linked to inadequate child rearing and poor youth socialization. As a result of poverty, unstable living arrangements and being brought up with inconsistent and uncaring parenting, some South African children are exposed to risk factors which enhance the chances that they will become involved in criminality and violence.

A survey for the period 1990–2000 compiled by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime ranked South Africa second for assault and murder (by all means) per capita and first for rapes per capita in a data set of 60 countries. Total crime per capita was 10th out of the 60 countries in the dataset.

The United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute have conducted research on the victims of crime which shows the picture of South African crime as more typical of a developing country. Around 49 people are murdered in South Africa each day. The murder rate increased rapidly in the late 1980s and early 1990s. Between 1994 and 2009, the murder rate halved from 67 to 34 murders per 100,000 people. Between 2011 and 2015, it stabilized to around 32 homicides per 100,000 people although the total number of lives lost has increased due to the increase in population.

The country has one of the highest rates of rape in the world, with some 65,000 rapes and other sexual assaults reported for the year ending in March 2012, or 127.6 per 100,000 people in the country. The incidence of rape has led to the country being referred to as the “rape capital of the world”.

South Africa has a high record of carjacking when compared with other industrialized countries. Crime against white commercial farmers is particularly high, and the issue continues to attract significant media attention. Kidnapping in South Africa is a common in the country with over 4,100 occurring in the 2013/2014 period, and a child going missing every five hours. Advance fee fraud scammers based in South Africa have in past years reportedly conned people from various parts of the world out of millions of rands.


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Nigerian criminal gangs rose to prominence in the 1980s, owing much to the globalization of the world’s economies


Organized crime in Nigeria may refer to a number of fraudsters, drug traffickers and racketeers of various sorts originating from Nigeria. Nigerian criminal gangs rose to prominence in the 1980s, owing much to the globalization of the world’s economies and the high level of lawlessness already in the country.

Criminal organizations from Nigeria typically do not follow the mafia-type model followed by other groups. They appear to be less formal and more organized along familial and ethnic lines, thus making them less susceptible by infiltration from law enforcement. Police investigations are further hampered by the fact there are at least 250 distinct ethnic languages in Nigeria. Other criminal gangs from Nigeria appear to be smaller-scale freelance operations. Groups from Benin City are especially notorious for human trafficking.

Nigerian criminal groups are heavily involved in drug trafficking, shipping heroin from Asian countries to Europe and America; and cocaine from South America to Europe and South Africa. The large numbers of ethnic Nigerians in countries like India and Thailand give their gangs ready access to around 90% of the world’s heroin.

In the United States, Nigerian drug traffickers are important distributors of heroin, from importing it into the country to distribution level and selling it to lower-level street gangs. These criminal groups are also known to launder drug money through domestic football clubs in the Nigeria Premier League, and are rumored to make additional money through match fixing activity within football matches.

According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Nigerian criminal enterprises are the most notable of all African criminal enterprises. They are considered to be among the most aggressive and expansionist international criminal groups, operating in more than 80 countries of the world and are established on all populated continents of the world. Their most profitable activity is drug trafficking, though they are more famous for their financial fraud which costs the US alone approximately US$1 to 2 billion annually.


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Raskol gangs are criminal gangs in Papua New Guinea


Raskol gangs are criminal gangs in Papua New Guinea, primarily in the larger cities, including Port Moresby and Lae. Raskol is a Tok Pisin Pidgin English word derived from the English word rascal and is currently used in PNG to refer to gang members or criminals in general.

Crimes such as rape, murder, and carjacking are common in a city that has a 60 percent unemployment rate. The raskol culture of violent crime has recently spread to other populous and impoverished coastal areas of New Guinea, including Lae, Wewak, New Britain (particularly Rabaul), Bougainville Island, and Manus Island. In these areas, the raskol culture has merged with the local history of cannibalism, marijuana cultivation and usage, tribal feuds, canoe warfare, and piracy. Hijacking of boats and even kidnapping or murder of the owners is becoming more common.

Even the New Guinean captains of small supply boats that frequent small island villages run the risk of being beaten, robbed, or murdered for the sake of their meagre cargo of instant noodles, clothing, and disposable batteries.

In urban areas, particularly slum areas, Raskol gangs often require raping women for initiation reasons. Peter Moses, one of the leaders of the “Dirty Dons 585” Raskol gang, stated that raping women was a “must” for the young members of the gang.
The rate of crime in Papua New Guinea is among the highest in the world. Crime rates are highest in/around major cities (Port Moresby, Lae, Madang, Mount Hagen, Goroka), but crimes can occur anywhere.

Travelers should be particularly cautious of pickpocketing threats when in crowded public places, especially the local public markets. Bag-snatchers may try to open doors of automobiles that are stopped or moving slowly in traffic. Sophisticated criminal enterprises also exist, and their capabilities often exceed that of local law enforcement authorities.
U.S. citizens have been victims of violent crime, including gang rape, carjacking, home invasions, kidnappings, and armed robberies.

Westerners may be perceived as wealthy, potentially making them targets of opportunity for criminals. Travel in groups and/or with an experienced guide.
There is a growing concern for the local manufacturing and use of synthetic drugs. Marijuana is grown and distributed on a small scale. Reports suggest drugs (marijuana) are exchanged for weapons with Indonesia and through the Torres Straits to Australia.


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Brazil possesses high rates of violent crimes, such as murders and robberies; depending on the source (UNDP or World Health Organization)


Crime in Brazil involves an elevated incidence of violent and non-violent crimes. According to most sources, Brazil possesses high rates of violent crimes, such as murders and robberies; depending on the source (UNDP or World Health Organization), Brazil’s homicide rate is 30-35 homicides per 100,000 inhabitants, placing Brazil in the top 20 countries by intentional homicide rate.

Brazil is a heavy importer of cocaine, as well as part of the international drug routes. Arms and marijuana employed by criminals are mostly locally produced.
In 2015, Brazil had a murder rate of 25.2 per 100,000 populations. There were a total of 50,108 murders in Brazil in 2015. Another study has the 2015 murder rate at 32.4 per 100,000, with 64,357 homicides.

Carjacking is common, particularly in major cities. Local citizens and visitors alike are often targeted by criminals, especially during public festivals such as the Carnival. Pick pocketing and bag snatching are common. Thieves operate in outdoor markets, in hotels and on public transport.
Express kidnappings, where individuals are abducted and forced to withdraw funds from ATM to secure their release, are common in major cities including Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo, Brasília, Curitiba, Porto Alegre, Salvador and Recife.

Corruption in Brazil is a pervasive social problem. Brazil scored 38 on the 2016 Corruption Perceptions Index, tying with India and Bosnia and Herzegovina, being ranked 76th among 175 countries. Corruption was cited among many issues that provoked the 2013 protests in Brazil. Corruption is a serious offense and yet is an important part of Brazil’s politics. For years, embezzlement and corruption have been involved in Brazilian elections, and yet the electorate continues to vote for the same convicted politicians.
Between 10 and 15 women are murdered per day in Brazil.

A government sponsored study found that 41,532 women were murdered in Brazil between 1997 and 2007. In 2012, 8% of all homicide victims were female. However, this is still far below the male victimization rate, in which men constitute 92% of homicide victims in Brazil as of 2012.

Gang violence in Brazil has become an important issue affecting youth. Brazilian gang members have used children to commit crimes because their prison sentences are shorter. As of 2007, murder was the most common cause of death among youth in Brazil, with 40% of all murder victims aged between 15 and 25 years old.

Avioes are “little airplanes”. These are the children who deliver messages and drugs to customers. They are not described in the hierarchal organization, but they are very low/entry level positions. In addition, this position has the most arrests.

Of 325 youth that were incarcerated, 44% of boys and 53% of girls reported some involvement with drug trafficking. Selling and carrying drugs were the most common activities between both boys and girls. The most common drug was marijuana, followed by cocaine and crack. From the study; 74% had used marijuana, 36% had snorted cocaine, and 21% had used crack.


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The most common crime in Kenya is carjacking to commit an armed robbery. In early 2007, two US citizens were killed and one critically injured in two separate carjacking incidents


There is a high rate of crime in all regions of Kenya, particularly in Nairobi, Mombasa, Kisumu, and coastal beach resorts. There are regular reports of attacks against tourists by groups of armed assailants. However, the most common crime in Kenya is carjacking so the criminal can commit an armed robbery. “Snatch and run” crimes are becoming more common on city streets.

The most common crime in Kenya is carjacking to commit an armed robbery. In early 2007, two US citizens were killed and one critically injured in two separate carjacking incidents. Nairobi averages about ten vehicle hijackings per day, while Kenyan authorities have limited capacity to deter or investigate such acts. Matatus (public transportation) tend to be targeted since they carry up to 14 passengers.

Pickpockets and thieves carry out “snatch and run” crimes on city streets and near crowds. There have been reports of safes being stolen from hotel rooms and hotel desk staff being forced to open safes.

Thieves routinely snatch jewellery and other objects from open vehicle windows while motorists are either stopped at traffic lights or in heavy traffic. Thieves on matatus, buses and trains may steal valuables from inattentive passengers. Many scams, perpetrated against unsuspecting tourists, are prevalent in and around the city of Nairobi. Many of these involve people impersonating police officers and using fake police ID badges and other credentials. Nevertheless, police checkpoints are common in Kenya and all vehicles are required to stop if directed to do so.

In the Corruption Perceptions Index 2007, Kenya was ranked 150th out of 179 countries for corruption (least corrupt countries are at the top of the list). In 2007, on a scale of 0 to 10, with 0 the most corrupt and 10 the most transparent, Transparency International rated Kenya 2.1.

Drug abuse has become a major issue in Kenya, especially in Mombasa which is affected by this issue more than any other part of the country. Young men in their early 20s have been the most affected demographic. Women in Mombasa have held public protests, asking the government to move quickly to arrest young people using narcotics.

In Mombasa and Kilindini, there are approximately 40 maskani (meaning “places” in Swahili) where drug abusers meet to share drugs. Bhang smoking has until recently been the drug of choice, but heroin injection is becoming increasingly popular. 70 percent of drug abusers have admitted that they are using heroin.

In addition to drug abuse, the trafficking of illegal drugs in the country has become a major issue as well. An estimated 100 million dollars’ worth is trafficked within the country each year.

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