Top 11 Most Dangerous Cities in the World

If you are tired of reading about beautiful vacation destinations, this is the right article for you. It will benefit you to know what cities to avoid in order to stay safe and alive. Certainly, every place has its good and bad side, and even in the safest cities you can have unpleasant experiences, but trust the lines below, if you are planning to visit some of the following cities, make sure you know which parts to avoid. The list contains the Most Dangerous Cities in the World.

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#1. Lagos, Nigeria

As one of the largest cities in Africa, and the former capital of Nigeria, Lagos has never been known as the city that offers safety to its citizen and visitors. In spite of some very direct measures intended to quell the rising crime rate, it seems to continue growing, right along with the population.

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#2. London, UK

Surprised? Every city in the world had some inglorious moments and gunshots, but London’s youth have gone the way of the blade. Knife related crime has risen dramatically and in 2008 alone 16 teenagers died within a 6 month period as a result. Not to mention the terroristic attacks from few years ago. Of course the city is lovely and is worth visiting, but make sure you know which areas are safe for you as a tourist.

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#3. Moscow, Russia

Another huge city where you have a plethora of museums and lovely orthodox churches to see. But, the city is also home of the Russian mafia. Moscow boasts the lowest level of personal safety out of any city in Europe, and while most of this is due to petty crimes the police force here is not known for doing its job.

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#4. Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

It maybe not the most dangerous and violent city on this list, there has been a sharp increase of petty crime including muggings and car jacking. Visitors are advised to use caution and remain aware of potential demonstrations and protests.

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#5. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

One of the most beautiful cities in the world, but also one of the most dangerous. There are a lot of thieves, especially in the areas of the city where poor citizen live. Most of the city is covered in drug-infested favelas, or slums, and the underpaid police force has been known to frame foreigners in order to elicit bribes. The stories you have heard about tourist who got lost in the favelas nearby Copacabana and ended up murdered and robber are unfortunately not myths.

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#6. Bangkok, Thailand

Although Bangkok has a relatively low level of violent crime as compared to other Southeast Asian cities, it has a notoriously infamous criminal underground centered on prostitution and human trafficking. Thailand however is a very popular tourist destination, but if you are planning on visit this city, keep in mind that the law enforcement is nonexistent.

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#7. Capetown, South Africa

One of the most beautiful cities in Southern Africa, but also the most dangerous. Partly, this stems from the fact that South Africa has large social and economic disparities. As a result, certain parts of the city have a very high rate of kidnapping, murder and robbery.

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#8. Port-au Prince, Haiti

Known as one of the four most important countries for drug trafficking into the United States, Haiti has always been home to a vast criminal underworld. Add on that a non-existent police force, severe fallout from the earthquake in 2010, and a high prevalence of disease to understand exactly why this city is so inhospitable.

#9. St. Louis, USA

Right up there with Detroit and New Orleans, St. Louis’ violent crimes rate is significantly higher than the American national average (429.4 per 100,000) coming in at 2070 per 100,000 residents.

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#10. Bogota, Colombia

While the entire country is worldly know for the endless cases of violence and drug dealing, Bogota still faces the violence. Run by drug lords and with one of the highest violent crime rates in the world, it has become famous for its “kidnap culture”.

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#11. Ciudad Juarez, Mexico

One of the (if not) most dangerous towns is the border town of Juarez. The city has the highest murder rates in the world; of course other types of violence and crime are sadly part of this city. In 2009 2,600 people were killed due to drug related violence alone. The police force is almost non-existent as most of its high-ranking members have been assassinated and not even the military is any match for the powerful drug cartels.

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