A lot of cities across the planet are famous for their architecture, their nightlife, or the people that inhabit each block of the metropolis. Some other cities, however, have become infamous for the violence, the corruption, and the gangs that run wild through the streets with little to no regard for anyone else around them. Wandering through the wrong part of town in any of these following cities is likely to end with you being mugged, kidnapped, or simply killed and left alone in the night. Here are the ten most dangerous cities of 2016.
Cape Town, South Africa
Cape Town, South Africa, is often considered one of the most beautiful cities in the land, but that comes with the rampant robbery, theft, and murder of tourists and locals each year. The homicides per 100,000 citizens is currently 65.53.
Mogadishu, Somalia, has always been known for being violent and war-torn, all thanks to the civil war that has been raging for decades. Armed robbery, piracy, and kidnapping are common occurrences. Currently, 62 of every 100,000 people are murdered each year.
Muzaffarabad, Kashmir, Pakistan
Muzaffarabad, Kashmir, Pakistan, is often referred to as “Paradise on Earth,” but is surrounded by three nuclear power plants and a city on the brink of destruction these days. Violence has become part of every day life. 56 people per 100,000 are killed in violent crimes every single year.
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, is basically the drug capital of the world. It has long been considered one of the most dangerous cities in the world. Over 30 people die every single week from violent crimes.
Ciudad Juarez, Mexico
Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, is a metropolis run by the dangerous cartels of the area. The murder rate is currently sitting pretty at 130 per 100,000 citizens. Over 300 women have gone missing within the past decade alone.
Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo
Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo, is the home of opportunistic criminals. Pick-pocketing, muggings, and robberies occur each day. Locals keep their windows closed and doors locked constantly. 112 people from every 100,000 citizens are killed each year.
Baghdad, Iraq, is war-torn and violent still. Suicide bombings, car bombings, roadside bombings. The city is basically one big bomb waiting to go off. The murder rate per capita is currently 62 out of 100,000, making it safer than some cities in the US right now.
Caracas, Venezuela, has such a high crime rate that the government has warned tourists before visiting the city. Kidnappings are the most common, though most victims are locals. Violent muggings have been on the rise in the past few years. Caracas is incredibly dangerous, with 122 people dying for every 100,000 citizens.
Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, has long had a problem with crime. Tourists are common targets for muggings and pick-pockets, though violent crime is also on the rise. Anyone with valuables would do well to leave them behind.
Detroit, Michigan, USA
Detroit, Michigan, is a violent city where gangs basically rule everything. There are 2,135 violent crimes per 100,000 residents in the metropolis. In 2009, for instance, there were over 379 murder cases.