Every year, think-tank Seguridad, Justicia y Paz releases a list of the Most Dangerous Cities in the world. Statistics are based on the city’s murder per capita rate, or how many murders per 100,000 residents.
As a region, Central and South America bests all others becoming the most deadly due to the War on Drugs, gang violence, a weak economy and police corruption. Outsiders are quick to blame the citizens of Central America for not being proactive in dealing with crimes, but in a place where law is subjective it’s better for residents to fly under the radar than become a target. Contract killers can be hired for less than $100 USD and gangs will rid themselves of anything, or anyone, that gets in the way.
Hundreds of thousand of tourists visit the listed cities and their areas every year without problem, but heed caution and take into account the price paid to travel among the most dangerous cities in the world.
Top 15 Most Dangerous Cities in the World 2013