A LIST of homicide rates shows the cities to avoid on your next holiday – if you value your life.
Cities can be dangerous for all sorts of reasons, but one way of measuring them is by comparing rates of murder and crime.
These are five of the most violent cities on on the planet, best left off your travel bucket list.
1. Caracas, Venezuela
Venezuela’s crime rating is listed as “critical” by the United States Bureau of Diplomatic Security. The capital city tops lists for numbers of homicides. Last year there were 119.87 murders per 100,000 people – 3,946 altogether
Dangerous cities: Venezuela is home to three cities with high homicide rates
These are five of the most violent cities on on the planet
2. San Pedro Sula, Honduras
This previously had the highest rate, but has now dropped down to second place with 111.03 murders per 100,000.
3. San Salvador, El Salvador
El Salvador is sometimes known as the murder capital of the world. Its capital, San Salvador, certainly bears out that image, with 108.54 homicides per 100,000
4. Acapulco, Mexico
In the 1950s, this beach resort town was a refuge for A-list celebrities. Now Acapulco is known as Mexico’s most violent city, as it struggles under a regime of gang warfare. There are 104.73 murders per 100,000 there.
5. Maturin, Venezuela
Maturín has been hit hard by Venezuela’s economic crisis and has a murder rate to match. It had a reported 86.45 murders per 100,000 last year.
6. Distrito Central, Honduras
Crime and violence have long been a problem in Honduras. In a 2016 crime and safety report by the United States Bureau of Diplomatic Security, the crime rating was listed as high, with civil unrest and kidnapping listed as potential threats. Distrito Central had 73.51 homicides per 100,000 in 2016.
7. Valencia, Venezuela
Although the third largest city in Venezuela is developing, crime has been a major problem in Valencia. For the past three years, crimes including robbery, kidnapping, illegal drug trades, vandalism, theft, corruption and bribery, assault and armed robbery have increased. There were 72.31 murders per 100,000 last year.