Crime Rate By Country 2021

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Overall crime rate is calculated by dividing the total number of reported crimes of any kind by the total population, then multiplying the result by 100,000 (because crime rate is typically reported as X number of crimes per 100,000 people).

Crime rates vary greatly from country to country and are influenced by many factors. For example, high poverty levels and unemployment tend to inflate a country's crime rate. Conversely, strict police enforcement and severe sentences tend to reduce crime rates. There is also a strong correlation between age and crime, with most crimes, especially violent crimes, being committed by those ages 20-30 years old.

The overall crime rate in the United States is 47.70. The violent crime rate in the United States has decreased sharply over the past 25 years. Crimes rates vary significantly between the states, with states with such as Alaska, New Mexico, and Tennessee experiencing much higher crime rates than states such as Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont.

Some of the world's lowest crime rates are seen in Switzerland, Denmark, Norway, Japan, and New Zealand. Each of these countries has very effective law enforcement, and Denmark, Norway, and Japan have some of the most restrictive gun laws in the world.

Countries with the Highest Crime Rates*

The countries with the ten highest crime rates in the world are:

  1. Venezuela (83.76)
  2. Papua New Guinea (80.79)
  3. South Africa (76.86)
  4. Afghanistan (76.31)
  5. Honduras (74.54)
  6. Trinidad and Tobago (71.63)
  7. Guyana (68.74)
  8. El Salvador (67.79)
  9. Brazil (67.49)
  10. Jamaica (67.42)

*All numerical rates are expressed per 100,000 people

For the full ranking of 137 countries, scroll past the expanded top 10.

1. Venezuela

Venezuela has a crime index of 83.76, the highest of any country in the world. The U.S. Department of State has issued a Level 4 travel advisory for Venezuela, indicating that it is unsafe to travel to the country, and travelers should not travel there. Venezuela's high crime rates have been attributed to reasons including corrupt authorities, a flawed judiciary system, and poor gun control.

2. Papua New Guinea

Papua New Guinea has a crime index of 80.79. In Papua New Guinea, crime, especially violent crime, is primarily fueled by rapid social, economic, and political changes. Raskol gangs engage in small and large-scale criminal activity and consist mainly of members with little education and few employment opportunities. Organized crime in the form of corruption is also common in major cities and largely contributes to the high crime rate. Additionally, the geography of Papua New Guinea makes it appealing for drug and human trafficking.

3. South Africa

South Africa has the third-highest crime rate in the world. South Africa has a notably high rate of assaults, rape, homicides, and other violent crimes. This has been attributed to several factors, including high levels of poverty, inequality, unemployment, and social exclusion, and the normalization of violence. South Africa has one of the highest rape rates in the world. More than 1 in 4 men surveyed by the South African Medical Research Council admitted to committing rape.

4. Afghanistan

Afghanistan has the fourth-highest crime rate. Crime is present in various forms, including corruption, assassinations/contract killings, drug trafficking, kidnapping, and money laundering. Afghanistan supplied 85% of the world's illicit opium in 2020. The Taliban, which regained control of the country in 2021, has pledged to stamp out the opium industry, but it is such a vital part of the country's struggling economy that it will be difficult to eliminate. Widespread unemployment adds additional fuel for many of the country's crimes, such as robbery and assault.

5. Honduras

With a crime index of 74.54, Honduras ranks fifth in the world in terms of crime rate. Honduras's peak of violent crime was in 2012, where the country experienced about 20 homicides per day, typically carried out by gun-toting gangs such as Barrio 18 or Mara Salvatrucha. Honduras is also considered to be a major drug route to the United States. Weak domestic law enforcement has made the country an easy point of entry for the illegal drug trade. The U.S. Department of State has issued a Level 3 travel advisory for Honduras, indicating that travelers should reconsider visiting the country.

6. Trinidad and Tobago

Trinidad and Tobago has the sixth-highest crime rate in the world. Trinidad and Tobago's government faces several challenges in its effect to reduce crime, such as bureaucratic resistance to change, the negative influence of gangs, drugs, economic recession, and an overburdened legal system. There is a great demand for illegal weapons as well, which drug trafficking and gang-related activities fuel. Trinidad and Tobago has a Level 2 travel advisory, meaning that travelers should exercise increased caution. Visitors are typically victims of pickpocketing, assault, theft, and fraud.

7. Guyana

Guyana has the eighth-highest crime rate worldwide of 68.74, and a murder rate of about four times higher than that of the United States. Despite a rigorous licensing requirement to own firearms, the use of weapons by criminals is common. Domestic violence happens regularly in Guyana, as the enforcement of domestic violence laws is weak. Armed robberies occur frequently as well, especially in Georgetown. Additionally, tourists are often the victims of hotel break-ins, robberies, and assaults.

8. El Salvador

Organized crime is a massive problem in El Salvador, contributing to most social violence, with its two largest gangs, MS-13 and Barrio 18. There are an estimated 25,000 gang members at large in El Salvador, 9,000 in prison, and about 60,000 young people in youth gangs, which dominate the country. Many gangs have also cultivated relationships, and in some cases territorial disputes, with drug traffickers. In addition to gangs, high unemployment rates and low wages in El Salvador have pushed families into marginalized areas where crimes are common. Property crimes, such as robbery, theft, and theft of vehicles, are the most common.

9. Brazil

Brazil has the seventh-highest crime rate in the world with exceptionally high rates of violent crimes. Brazil's homicide rate was 23.6 homicides per 100,000 inhabitants in 2020—and it has been as high as 30.8 in previous years. Brazil's most massive problem is organized crime, as organized crime has expanded in recent years, and violence between rival groups is a common occurrence. Drug trafficking, corruption, and domestic violence are all pervasive issues in Brazil.

10. Jamaica

Finishing the top ten list of countries with the highest crime rates is Jamaica, which is plagued by government corruption, gang activity, and high levels of violent crime, including sexual assault. The U.S. Overseas Security Advisory Council describes the Jamaican police force as understaffed and possessed of limited resources. Travelers are advised to especially avoid Spanish Town and parts of Kingston and Montego Bay.

Crime Rate By Country 2021

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Crime Rate By Country 2021

Rank Ranking Country Crime Index 2021 Population
11Venezuela83.7628,704,954
22Papua New Guinea80.799,119,010
33South Africa76.8660,041,994
44Afghanistan76.3139,835,428
55Honduras74.5410,062,991
66Trinidad And Tobago71.631,403,375
77Guyana68.74790,326
88El Salvador67.796,518,499
99Brazil67.49213,993,437
1010Jamaica67.422,973,463
1111Syria67.1818,275,702
1212Peru66.7233,359,418
1313Angola66.4833,933,610
1414Cameroon65.2427,224,265
1515Namibia65.212,587,344
1616Nigeria64.06211,400,708
1717Bangladesh63.9166,303,498
1818Argentina63.8245,605,826
1919Puerto Rico62.842,828,255
2020Bahamas62.06396,913
2121Libya61.786,958,532
2222Dominican Republic61.0210,953,703
2323Kenya60.1454,985,698
2424Belarus59.589,442,862
2525Zimbabwe59.315,092,171
2626Guatemala58.6718,249,860
2727Bolivia57.7711,832,940
2828Fiji57.62902,906
2929Malaysia57.2932,776,194
3130Kyrgyzstan56.876,628,356
3031Colombia56.8751,265,844
3232Uganda56.1247,123,531
3333Somalia56.0416,359,504
3434Mongolia56.013,329,289
3535Tanzania5661,498,437
3636Maldives55.34543,617
3737Ecuador55.2317,888,475
3838Costa Rica54.225,139,052
3939Mexico54.19130,262,216
4040Kazakhstan53.7718,994,962
4141Chile53.4219,212,361
4242Botswana52.982,397,241
4343Algeria52.0344,616,624
4444France51.9965,426,179
4545Uruguay51.733,485,151
4646Cambodia51.1316,946,438
4747Belize50.39404,914
4848Iran49.3885,028,759
4949Paraguay49.377,219,638
5050Ethiopia49.3117,876,227
5151Mauritius48.881,273,433
5252Morocco48.6637,344,795
5353Iraq48.4241,179,350
5454Sweden4810,160,169
5555Nicaragua47.896,702,385
5656United States47.81332,915,073
5757Ukraine47.4243,466,819
5858Ghana46.9831,732,129
5959Egypt46.83104,258,327
6060Lebanon46.776,769,146
6161Myanmar46.5154,806,012
6262Moldova46.354,024,019
6363Vietnam46.1998,168,833
6464United Kingdom46.0768,207,116
6565Indonesia45.93276,361,783
6666Greece45.8510,370,744
6767Ireland45.514,982,907
6868Panama45.154,381,579
6969Italy44.8560,367,477
7070Belgium44.5811,632,326
7171India44.431,393,409,038
7272Palestine43.745,222,748
7373Tunisia43.6911,935,766
7474Zambia43.6218,920,651
7575Australia43.0325,788,215
7676Bosnia And Herzegovina42.993,263,466
7777New Zealand42.884,860,643
7878Albania42.532,872,933
7979Pakistan42.51225,199,937
8080Philippines42.46111,046,913
8181Sudan42.3444,909,353
8282Canada41.8938,067,903
8383Sri Lanka41.3921,497,310
8484Montenegro41.18628,053
8585Malta40.39442,784
8686Russia39.99145,912,025
8787Jordan39.9610,269,021
8888Turkey39.6285,042,738
8989Thailand39.3569,950,850
9090North Macedonia39.122,082,658
9191Latvia38.771,866,942
9292Bulgaria38.216,896,663
9393Serbia38.18,697,550
9495Nepal36.0129,674,920
9596Germany35.7983,900,473
9697Hungary34.369,634,164
9798Luxembourg34.13634,814
9899Norway33.725,465,630
101102Lithuania33.422,689,862
100100Kuwait33.424,328,550
99101Uzbekistan33.4233,935,763
102103Spain33.3246,745,216
103104Azerbaijan32.0210,223,342
104105Israel31.478,789,774
105106Cyprus31.281,215,584
106107Poland30.537,797,005
107108Slovakia30.375,460,721
108109China30.141,444,216,107
109110Portugal29.9110,167,925
110111Brunei29441,532
111112Cuba28.3311,317,505
112113Romania28.319,127,774
113114Singapore27.965,896,686
114115Finland27.595,548,360
115116Netherlands27.1617,173,099
116117South Korea26.6851,305,186
117118Denmark26.225,813,298
118119Bahrain25.641,748,296
119120Austria25.549,043,070
120121Czech Republic25.5210,724,555
121122Saudi Arabia25.2335,340,683
122123Rwanda24.8913,276,513
123124Croatia24.594,081,651
124125Iceland23.75343,353
125126Estonia23.711,325,185
126127Georgia23.383,979,765
127128Armenia22.792,968,127
128129Slovenia22.282,078,724
129130Japan22.19126,050,804
130131Hong Kong227,552,810
131132Switzerland21.628,715,494
132133Oman20.345,223,375
133134Isle Of Man19.2585,410
134135Taiwan15.4623,855,010
135136United Arab Emirates15.239,991,089
136137Qatar12.132,930,528

Crime Rate By Country 2021