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

Country Crime Index 2021 Population
Venezuela84.3628,704,954
Papua New Guinea80.049,119,010
South Africa77.2960,041,994
Afghanistan76.9739,835,428
Honduras76.6510,062,991
Trinidad And Tobago72.431,403,375
Brazil68.31213,993,437
Guyana68.15790,326
El Salvador67.846,518,499
Syria67.4218,275,702
Jamaica67.22,973,463
Namibia66.122,587,344
Angola65.7433,933,610
Peru65.6533,359,418
Puerto Rico64.752,828,255
Bangladesh63.82166,303,498
Nigeria63.27211,400,708
Bahamas62.74396,913
Libya62.276,958,532
Argentina62.2645,605,826
Kenya61.7354,985,698
Dominican Republic61.0410,953,703
Fiji59.57902,906
Zimbabwe58.8615,092,171
Guatemala58.5918,249,860
Malaysia58.5532,776,194
Tanzania57.861,498,437
Mongolia57.473,329,289
Uganda56.1447,123,531
Bolivia56.1311,832,940
Somalia56.0416,359,504
Costa Rica55.595,139,052
Colombia54.9451,265,844
Kazakhstan54.8118,994,962
Maldives54.61543,617
Botswana53.472,397,241
Mexico53.31130,262,216
Uruguay53.023,485,151
Ecuador52.6617,888,475
Cambodia52.1816,946,438
Algeria50.4144,616,624
Paraguay49.67,219,638
Chile49.619,212,361
Ethiopia49.23117,876,227
Morocco48.9737,344,795
Iran48.9185,028,759
Ukraine48.8443,466,819
Ghana48.6431,732,129
Iraq4841,179,350
United States47.7332,915,073
Sweden47.4310,160,169
France47.3765,426,179
Myanmar46.9354,806,012
Egypt46.65104,258,327
Vietnam46.5298,168,833
Mauritius46.411,273,433
Panama46.24,381,579
Indonesia46.06276,361,783
Moldova46.034,024,019
Ireland45.684,982,907
Nicaragua45.546,702,385
Belgium45.2911,632,326
Palestine45.215,222,748
United Kingdom44.5468,207,116
India44.421,393,409,038
Italy44.2460,367,477
Pakistan44.18225,199,937
Lebanon44.076,769,146
Bosnia And Herzegovina43.573,263,466
Zambia43.2218,920,651
Philippines42.22111,046,913
New Zealand42.194,860,643
Tunisia41.6811,935,766
Australia41.6725,788,215
Montenegro41.56628,053
Greece41.310,370,744
Jordan40.8310,269,021
Canada40.6438,067,903
Russia40.6145,912,025
Sri Lanka40.2321,497,310
Thailand40.0169,950,850
Albania39.862,872,933
Turkey39.585,042,738
Malta39.37442,784
North Macedonia38.612,082,658
Bulgaria38.556,896,663
Serbia37.738,697,550
Latvia37.431,866,942
Nepal35.6129,674,920
Hungary35.239,634,164
Germany35.1483,900,473
Norway34.625,465,630
Kuwait34.574,328,550
Lithuania33.882,689,862
Poland33.1337,797,005
Luxembourg32.75634,814
Spain32.3346,745,216
Azerbaijan32.1210,223,342
Cyprus31.571,215,584
Singapore31.535,896,686
China31.181,444,216,107
Israel30.448,789,774
Portugal29.8310,167,925
Slovakia29.815,460,721
Cuba29.0211,317,505
Brunei28.75441,532
Uzbekistan28.6233,935,763
Romania27.8219,127,774
South Korea27.3351,305,186
Netherlands27.1517,173,099
Bahrain26.681,748,296
Saudi Arabia26.6835,340,683
Denmark26.095,813,298
Finland25.535,548,360
Czech Republic25.410,724,555
Belarus25.029,442,862
Croatia24.674,081,651
Austria24.439,043,070
Iceland23.7343,353
Estonia23.561,325,185
Armenia22.692,968,127
Rwanda22.0413,276,513
Japan21.67126,050,804
Switzerland21.588,715,494
Isle Of Man21.3285,410
Slovenia20.952,078,724
Hong Kong20.917,552,810
Oman20.625,223,375
Georgia20.53,979,765
United Arab Emirates15.459,991,089
Taiwan15.2823,855,010
Qatar11.92,930,528

Crime Rate By Country 2021