Top 10 Countries with Highest Homocide Rates

Crime can be defined as the breakage of rules and regulations imposed by the government  in the home country. A new report released by the U.N. Office on Drugs and Crime on Thursday serves as a stark reminder of how drastically murder rates vary from country to country. The Global Study on Homicide 2013 found that nearly half a million people were intentionally murdered in 2012, and killings were largely concentrated in two regions: the Americas and Africa. Here is a list of the top 10 countries with the highest intentional crime rates.

10. Nigeria


Nigeria is ranked on this Top Ten List for a variety of reasons. It is located in Africa and has a vast land of wildlife and fauna. There are many worth seeing places which attract people from all over the world, but during the last decade the country where the eternal land of negligence due to increase in militant activities and civil rebellion war among themselves. Severity in kidnapping and terrorist attacks hold down the country from well flourished. In February 2014, Suspected Islamic militants killed 29 students in a pre-dawn attack on a northeast Nigerian school. They also set ablaze a locked dormitory and shot and slit the throats of those who escaped through windows. The same militants also  shot dead at least 39 people in an attack on a village in north-eastern Nigeria less than a week later.

9. India

Coming in at number nine in the list of countries with the highest crime rate is India. The total number of reported crime in India is 1, 64,630. The main cause of this crime in India is its population and bad economy, having a huge number of people and the failure to provide the proper earning resources to them is a default of the government. Besides this, there are huge underworld gangs located in India, which are exploiting its roots and the parties of religious extremism are also creating criminals in the shape of extremist who murder the people from opposite religion or sect.

The most prolific case was on 16 December 2012 in Munirka when a 23-year-old female physiotherapy intern was beaten and gang raped in a private bus in which she was traveling with a male friend. There were six others in the bus, including the driver, all of whom raped the woman and beat her friend. The woman died from her injuries thirteen days later while undergoing emergency treatment in Singapore

8.  South Africa

South Africa is at the number eight in our list with the total reported crime of 2,683,849. The country of 53 million people having eleven official languages is also having a huge crime rate in it. This crime rate includes the crimes and criminals from street robbers, thief and gangster to all of the major mafias and smugglers. Besides this there are approximately 500,000 women are being raped every year but these are not the reported rape cases at all.

In February 2007, the Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation was contacted by the South African government to do a study on the nature of crime in South Africa. The study concluded that the country is exposed to high levels of violence as a result of different factors, including:

  • The reliance on a criminal justice system that is mired in many issues, including inefficiency and corruption.
  • The normalization of violence. Violence comes to be seen as a necessary and justified means of resolving conflict, and males believe that coercive sexual behaviour against women is legitimate.
  • The vulnerability of young people linked to inadequate child rearing and poor youth socialization. As a result of poverty, unstable living arrangements and being brought up with inconsistent and uncaring parenting.
  • A subculture of violence and criminality, ranging from individual criminals who rape or rob to informal groups or more formalised gangs. Those involved in the subculture are engaged in criminal careers and commonly use firearms, with the exception of Cape Town where knife violence is more prevalent. Credibility within this subculture is related to the readiness to resort to extreme violence.
  • The high levels of inequality, poverty, unemployment, social exclusion and marginalization.

7.  Japan

With the total crime of 2,853,739, the technological leading country Japan is at the number seven in the countries having highest crime rate. It is a fact that Japan has made a lot of achievements in the field of technology and ruling the technological world but besides this is also have a huge crime and criminal network. In this situation the country and its residents have to face a lot of issues and problems, not only the residents but the visitors also have to be careful while moving in the country. There are number of cases reported by the tourists that their luggage has been robbed.

6.  Russia

A country with the eight largest economies of the world and which was a super power and still is one of the most powerful and developed countries in the world have a reported crime of 2,952,370. With these figures the Great Russian Federation is at the sixth position in the top ten countries rated with respect to the highest crime. Besides all of the international achievements and technological developments the country is failed to come over with the criminal situation of the country. And with the Ukraine crisis looming, crime in this country will probably increase.

5.  Pakistan

Pakistan is included in this top ten list because of the massive terrorist attacks that the country is battling on a daily basis. Its largest city Karachi is facing massive target killing every day, with targeted operations also operating in Balochistan, Wazirastan in which not only the culprits but also numerous innocent peoples are brutally murdered. The drone attacks in FATA and the Shia Sunni conflicts have also taken away the lives of innocent civilians. The terrorism, corrupted politicians, unfair rules and regulations all have made this country one of the most dangerous to live in. But no doubt this is a safe place to be visited as the terrorist activities are confined to limited areas.

4.  United Kingdom

The  great United Kingdom is comes in at no. 4 on the list of countries with highest reported crime. This is a shock but a fact for all of us that a state like United Kingdom is having the total figure of reported crime is 6,523,706. There is really a need to control over the situation.

3. United States


It is shocking to find the superpower on this list with a total figure of reported crime at 11,877,218. One of the hidden factors that could be driving up crime rates in many US cities with thriving economies is the shifting local demographics. The biggest predictor of committing a criminal act is being young, male, and relatively low-skilled. And when you have these big natural resource booms you’re attracting lots and lots of those people to your community. As a result, it is not organized criminals driving up crime rates as much as it is likely younger men who are poor and underemployed.

2. Honduras

Here’s a snapshot of the violent crime problem in one of the most dangerous Central American countries: Since 1995, 98 American citizens have been killed there, but only 28 of the cases have been solved. The country is increasingly suffering from the problem of drug cartels being pushed lower into Latin America, and gang violence is another major factor in high crime rates. Northern coastal areas that had drawn tourists are increasingly used as drug smuggling routes. Crime also increased in the wake of the 2009 coup which saw the ousting of President Manuel Zelaya. Poverty and poor law enforcement are also named as key factors in the spiraling crime rate. In 2009, 77 were killed per 100,000 people. Approximately, 20,000 people are murdered in this country per year.

1. Mexico

Mexico has seen an increase in violence in recent years because of the war between drug cartels. Seemingly safe spots like Acapulco and the resort of Playa del Carmen have  now been mulled with criminal elements. And the gangs have been getting more cold blooded in recent years, with beheadings of rival members and police forces becoming part of the corruption. Approximately 25,700 murders take place each year.