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New reports details the 50 most dangerous cities in the world

March 12, 2018  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
New reports details the 50 most dangerous cities in the world

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Regions in South and Central America dominate a list of the most dangerous cities on the planet, with appearances also made by cities in the U.S. and South Africa.

Los Cabos, Mexico, has been identified as the most violent city in the world according to a new report, with Caracas, Venezuela, and Acapulco coming in second and third. Out of the top 50 cities, 42 of them are located in South America.

In the U.S., St Louis, Baltimore, New Orleans and Detroit are also on the list, with Cape Town, Durban and Nelson Mandela Bay, of South Africa, located in the top 50.

Jamaica, Honduras, Puerto Rico, Colombia, El Salvador and Guatemala have also made the list.

Brazil featured the most number of times, with 17 cities on the list, followed by Mexico, Venezuela, and the U.S.

The list was put together by anti-violence think-tank Seguridad, Justicia Y Paz (Security, Justice, and Peace) in Mexico and ranks each city according to the murder rate per 100,000 residents.

In St Louis, researchers discovered that the city had 205 homicides last year. In a population of 300,000 for a murder rate of 65.83 per 100,000 people, it came in 13th on the list. Violence Missouri has been increasing since the Ferguson riots of 2014 and 2015.

Full List of 50 Most Dangerous Cities in the World

The researchers also found that, compared to 2016, there has been a significant decrease in violence in Honduras, with its only two cities on the list falling from third and fourth to 26th and 35th respectively.

The report commends the Honduran government for its attempts to tackle organized crime and restore order in prisons.

Another country which experienced a drop in violence was Venezuela.

The report said that the drop is not because of a decrease in violence, but a weakening of government control meaning officials can no longer record the number of murders in their cities.

Researchers discuss two cities – Cumaná and Gran Barcelona – which were taken off from the top 50 list but only because they could not efficiently establish the murder rate.

Violent anti-government protests last year engulfed Venezuela in the midst of widespread starvation and accusations of corruption against the regime of Nicholas Maduro.

Meanwhile, violence in Mexico saw a sharp increase in 2017, with 12 cities included on the list compared to just five in 2015 due to the widespread cartel violence in the country.

San Salvador, in El Salvador, the home of the ultra-violent MS-13 gang, is placed at number 17.

The highest-ranked city in North America was St Louis which came in at number 13 with a murder rate of 65.83 per 100,000 residents. The other three cities included were Baltimore, New Orleans, and Detroit.


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