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11 Countries with the Highest Crime Rate per Capita in the World: 2016 Rankings

It is rather important when traveling that you’re aware if your target destination is among the 11 countries with the highest crime rate per capita in the world. Some places are safer than others and the crime rates we’re going to discuss certainly don’t apply in all areas of these countries, but it’s still something you should be aware of.

The countries that are currently involved in some war or another are pretty easy to research and they aren’t all that many nowadays, thankfully, although conflicts still fester in a lot more areas. Still, crime rates are important to know about so you know what you’re dealing with.

11 Countries with the Highest Crime Rate per Capita in the World: 2016 Rankings


For our list, we checked out data from the United Nations, although you should know that we only took into consideration data ranging between 2010 through 2014. Some countries have not reported their numbers in a long time and the rates may have changed in the meantime.

It should also be pointed out that there are legislative differences between these countries, meaning that what is considered, for instance, sexual offense in some nations isn’t considered so in others. Since the data has police reports at its roots, it is logical that our ranking, as thorough as it is, may not be completely accurate due to several reasons. For instance, there are many nations where reporting crimes isn’t exactly something done on a regular basis, so numbers aren’t as accurate.

You can also read up on the 11 countries with the highest rape crime rates in the world, which we published earlier.

For our ranking today we checked out UN reports regarding the following crimes: homicide, rape, total sexual violence, motor vehicle theft, theft of private cars, domestic burglary, burglary, robbery, theft, assault, and kidnapping. The countries with the highest rates per 100,000 people got the highest points. In the end, we came up with a list that has a surprising leader.

Without further ado, here are the 11 countries with the highest crime rate per capita in the world.

11. Israel

Score – 19

With some 8 million citizens, Israel is 11th on our list after it has managed to rank high on several of the lists published by the United Nations. More specifically, Israel ranks high for domestic burglaries, motor vehicle theft, and theft of private vehicles.

Aside from this, the Israel – Palestine conflict should also be taken into consideration when traveling to this country. The US Bureau of Diplomatic Security considers Israel’s crime rating to be “medium” enlarging the list with warnings against financial crimes, sexual assaults, drunk driving, and more. Vehicle theft is also mentioned as a common occurrence, with the cars never getting recovered.