Crime Rate by Country 2022

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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, expressed in per 100,000 people, globally 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)

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 2022

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Crime Rate by Country 2022

Ranking Country Crime Index 2022 Population
1Venezuela83.7629,266,991
2Papua New Guinea80.799,292,169
3South Africa76.8660,756,135
4Afghanistan76.3140,754,388
5Honduras74.5410,221,247
6Trinidad And Tobago71.631,406,585
7Guyana68.74794,045
8El Salvador67.796,550,389
9Brazil67.49215,353,593
10Jamaica67.422,985,094
11Syria67.1819,364,809
12Peru66.7233,684,208
13Angola66.4835,027,343
14Cameroon65.2427,911,548
15Namibia65.212,633,874
16Nigeria64.06216,746,934
17Bangladesh63.9167,885,689
18Argentina63.8246,010,234
19Puerto Rico62.842,829,812
20Bahamas62.06400,516
21Libya61.787,040,745
22Dominican Republic61.0211,056,370
23Kenya60.1456,215,221
24Belarus59.589,432,800
25Zimbabwe59.315,331,428
26Guatemala58.6718,584,039
27Bolivia57.7711,992,656
28Fiji57.62909,466
29Malaysia57.2933,181,072
31Colombia56.8751,512,762
30Kyrgyzstan56.876,728,271
32Uganda56.1248,432,863
33Somalia56.0416,841,795
34Mongolia56.013,378,078
35Tanzania5663,298,550
36Maldives55.34540,985
37Ecuador55.2318,113,361
38Costa Rica54.225,182,354
39Mexico54.19131,562,772
40Kazakhstan53.7719,205,043
41Chile53.4219,250,195
42Botswana52.982,441,162
43Algeria52.0345,350,148
44France51.9965,584,518
45Uruguay51.733,496,016
46Cambodia51.1317,168,639
47Belize50.39412,190
48Iran49.3886,022,837
49Paraguay49.377,305,843
50Ethiopia49.3120,812,698
51Mauritius48.881,274,727
52Morocco48.6637,772,756
53Iraq48.4242,164,965
54Sweden4810,218,971
55Nicaragua47.896,779,100
56United States47.81334,805,269
57Ukraine47.4243,192,122
58Ghana46.9832,395,450
59Egypt46.83106,156,692
60Lebanon46.776,684,849
61Myanmar46.5155,227,143
62Moldova46.354,013,171
63Vietnam46.1998,953,541
64United Kingdom46.0768,497,907
65Indonesia45.93279,134,505
66Greece45.8510,316,637
67Ireland45.515,020,199
68Panama45.154,446,964
69Italy44.8560,262,770
70Belgium44.5811,668,278
71India44.431,406,631,776
72Palestine43.745,345,541
73Tunisia43.6912,046,656
74Zambia43.6219,470,234
75Australia43.0326,068,792
76Bosnia And Herzegovina42.993,249,317
77New Zealand42.884,898,203
78Albania42.532,866,374
79Pakistan42.51229,488,994
80Philippines42.46112,508,994
81Sudan42.3445,992,020
82Canada41.8938,388,419
83Sri Lanka41.3921,575,842
84Montenegro41.18627,950
85Malta40.39444,033
86Russia39.99145,805,947
87Jordan39.9610,300,869
88Turkey39.6285,561,976
89Thailand39.3570,078,203
90North Macedonia39.122,081,304
91Latvia38.771,848,837
92Bulgaria38.216,844,597
93Serbia38.18,653,016
95Nepal36.0130,225,582
96Germany35.7983,883,596
97Hungary34.369,606,259
98Luxembourg34.13642,371
99Norway33.725,511,370
101Uzbekistan33.4234,382,084
100Kuwait33.424,380,326
102Lithuania33.422,661,708
103Spain33.3246,719,142
104Azerbaijan32.0210,300,205
105Israel31.478,922,892
106Cyprus31.281,223,387
107Poland30.537,739,785
108Slovakia30.375,460,193
109China30.141,448,471,400
110Portugal29.9110,140,570
111Brunei29445,431
112Cuba28.3311,305,652
113Romania28.319,031,335
114Singapore27.965,943,546
115Finland27.595,554,960
116Netherlands27.1617,211,447
117South Korea26.6851,329,899
118Denmark26.225,834,950
119Bahrain25.641,783,983
120Austria25.549,066,710
121Czech Republic25.5210,736,784
122Saudi Arabia25.2335,844,909
123Rwanda24.8913,600,464
124Croatia24.594,059,286
125Iceland23.75345,393
126Estonia23.711,321,910
127Georgia23.383,968,738
128Armenia22.792,971,966
129Slovenia22.282,078,034
130Japan22.19125,584,838
131Hong Kong227,604,299
132Switzerland21.628,773,637
133Oman20.345,323,993
134Isle of Man19.2585,732
135Taiwan15.4623,888,595
136United Arab Emirates15.2310,081,785
137Qatar12.132,979,915

Crime Rate by Country 2022

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