SECURITY: Crime Rate by Country -2020 statistics – World Population Review

Editor’s Note: This report shows that Guyana is ranked 8th; Trinidad & Tobago 6th; and Jamaica 11th. Crime Index for Country 2020

Crime Rate by Country 2021 from 2020 statistics – World Population Review (Link here)

Crime rate is calculated by dividing the number of reported crimes by the total population, and then the result is multiplied by 100,000

The crime rates in each country. While there is no exact reason why crimes are committed, there are several factors attributed to high crime rates. High crime rates are seen in countries or areas with high poverty levels and low job availability. Strict police enforcement and severe sentences tend to reduce crime rates. There is a strong correlation between age and crime, with most crimes, especially violent crimes, being committed by those ages 20-30 years old.         

The 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 and Tennessee experiencing much higher crime rates than states such as  MaineNew Hampshire, and Vermont.

Some of the world’s lowest crime rates are seen in  SwitzerlandDenmarkNorwayJapan, 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 such as Austria do see more petty crimes such as purse snatching or pickpocketing

Countries with the Highest Crime Rates

The countries with the ten highest crime rates in the world are:

  1. Venezuela (84.36)
  2. Papua New Guinea (80.04)
  3. South Africa (77.29)
  4. Afghanistan (76.97)
  5. Honduras (76.65)
  6. Trinidad and Tobago (72.43)
  7. Brazil (68.31)
  8. Guyana (68.15)
  9. El Salvador (67.84)
  10. Syria (67.42)

1. Venezuela

Venezuela has a crime index of 84.36, 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 corruption among Venezuelan authorities, a flawed judiciary system, and poor gun control. Because of the country’s recent economic hardship, homicides, armed assaults, and kidnappings are decreasing.

2. Papua New Guinea

Papua New Guinea has a crime index of 80.04. 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 a limited or informal education and 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, such as high levels of poverty, inequality, unemployment, and social exclusion, and the normalization of violence, among other things. South Africa has the highest rape rate in the world of 132.4 incidents per 100,000 people, causing South Africa to be called the “rape capital of 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. After the Soviet withdrawal from Afghanistan, opium poppy cultivation and drug trafficking increased, and Afghanistan is now the largest illicit opium producer. Since the downfall of the Taliban, crime rates have increased in Kabul, its capital city. Widespread unemployment also fuels much of the country’s crimes, such as robbery and assault. The U.S. Department of State issued a Level 4 travel advisory for Afghanistan, advising travelers not to go to the country due to civil unrest, armed conflict, crime, and terrorism.

5. Honduras

With a crime index of 76.65, Honduras ranks fifth for crime. Honduras’s peak of violent crime was in 2012, where the country experienced about 20 homicides per day. Perpetrators of these homicides were typically gang members such as Barrio 18 or Mara Salvatrucha and were carried out using firearms. 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 entering 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. Brazil

Brazil has the seventh-highest crime rate in the world with exceptionally high rates of violent crimes. Brazil’s homicide rate is between 30 to 35 homicides per 100,000 inhabitants, placing the country in the top 20 countries by intentional homicide rate. However, between 2017 and 2018, the homicide rate fell by 13% from over 59,000 homicides to 51,000. 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. Between 10 and 15 women are murdered every day in Brazil.

8. Guyana

Guyana has the eighth-highest crime rate worldwide of 68.15. Guyana has 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 is common in all regions of Guyana, as the enforcement of domestic violence laws is weak. Armed robberies are common as well, especially in Georgetown. Additionally, tourists are often the victims of hotel break-ins, robberies, and assaults. Visitors to Guyana are advised to exercise increased caution due to crime.

9. El Salvador

Organized crime is the most 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. Gangs also have cultivated relationships with drug traffickers and have also resulted in disputing over territory with drug traffickers. Besides 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 crimes committed.

10. Syria

Finishing the top ten list of countries with the highest crime rates is Syria. Syria has a very high level of corruption and bribery and high levels of property crime and violent crime. Amid an ongoing civil war, the country also experiences widespread war crimes by the Free Syrian Army and other rebel groups.

Crime Rate by Country 2021 (2020 statistics)

Country Crime Index  Population 2021
Venezuela 84.36 28,704,954
Papua New Guinea 80.04 9,119,010
South Africa 77.29 60,041,994
Afghanistan 76.97 39,835,428
Honduras 76.65 10,062,991
Trinidad And Tobago 72.43 1,403,375
Brazil 68.31 213,993,437
Guyana 68.15 790,326
El Salvador 67.84 6,518,499
Syria 67.42 18,275,702
Jamaica 67.2 2,973,463
Namibia 66.12 2,587,344
Angola 65.74 33,933,610
Peru 65.65 33,359,418
Puerto Rico 64.75 2,828,255
Bangladesh 63.82 166,303,498
Nigeria 63.27 211,400,708
Bahamas 62.74 396,913
Libya 62.27 6,958,532
Argentina 62.26 45,605,826
Kenya 61.73 54,985,698
Dominican Republic 61.04 10,953,703
Fiji 59.57 902,906
Zimbabwe 58.86 15,092,171
Guatemala 58.59 18,249,860
Malaysia 58.55 32,776,194
Tanzania 57.8 61,498,437
Mongolia 57.47 3,329,289
Uganda 56.14 47,123,531
Bolivia 56.13 11,832,940
Somalia 56.04 16,359,504
Costa Rica 55.59 5,139,052
Colombia 54.94 51,265,844
Kazakhstan 54.81 18,994,962
Maldives 54.61 543,617
Botswana 53.47 2,397,241
Mexico 53.31 130,262,216
Uruguay 53.02 3,485,151
Ecuador 52.66 17,888,475
Cambodia 52.18 16,946,438
Algeria 50.41 44,616,624
Paraguay 49.6 7,219,638
Chile 49.6 19,212,361
Ethiopia 49.23 117,876,227
Morocco 48.97 37,344,795
Iran 48.91 85,028,759
Ukraine 48.84 43,466,819
Ghana 48.64 31,732,129
Iraq 48 41,179,350
United States 47.7 332,915,073
Sweden 47.43 10,160,169
France 47.37 65,426,179
Myanmar 46.93 54,806,012
Egypt 46.65 104,258,327
Vietnam 46.52 98,168,833
Mauritius 46.41 1,273,433
Panama 46.2 4,381,579
Indonesia 46.06 276,361,783
Moldova 46.03 4,024,019
Ireland 45.68 4,982,907
Nicaragua 45.54 6,702,385
Belgium 45.29 11,632,326
Palestine 45.21 5,222,748
United Kingdom 44.54 68,207,116
India 44.42 1,393,409,038
Italy 44.24 60,367,477
Pakistan 44.18 225,199,937
Lebanon 44.07 6,769,146
Bosnia And Herzegovina 43.57 3,263,466
Zambia 43.22 18,920,651
Philippines 42.22 111,046,913
New Zealand 42.19 4,860,643
Tunisia 41.68 11,935,766
Australia 41.67 25,788,215
Montenegro 41.56 628,053
Greece 41.3 10,370,744
Jordan 40.83 10,269,021
Canada 40.64 38,067,903
Russia 40.6 145,912,025
Sri Lanka 40.23 21,497,310
Thailand 40.01 69,950,850
Albania 39.86 2,872,933
Turkey 39.5 85,042,738
Malta 39.37 442,784
Bulgaria 38.55 6,896,663
Serbia 37.73 8,697,550
Latvia 37.43 1,866,942
Nepal 35.61 29,674,920
Hungary 35.23 9,634,164
Germany 35.14 83,900,473
Norway 34.62 5,465,630
Kuwait 34.57 4,328,550
Lithuania 33.88 2,689,862
Poland 33.13 37,797,005
Luxembourg 32.75 634,814
Spain 32.33 46,745,216
Azerbaijan 32.12 10,223,342
Cyprus 31.57 1,215,584
Singapore 31.53 5,896,686
China 31.18 1,444,216,107
Israel 30.44 8,789,774
Portugal 29.83 10,167,925
Slovakia 29.81 5,460,721
Cuba 29.02 11,317,505
Brunei 28.75 441,532
Uzbekistan 28.62 33,935,763
Romania 27.82 19,127,774
South Korea 27.33 51,305,186
Netherlands 27.15 17,173,099
Bahrain 26.68 1,748,296
Saudi Arabia 26.68 35,340,683
Denmark 26.09 5,813,298
Finland 25.53 5,548,360
Czech Republic 25.4 10,724,555
Belarus 25.02 9,442,862
Croatia 24.67 4,081,651
Austria 24.43 9,043,070
Iceland 23.7 343,353
Estonia 23.56 1,325,185
Armenia 22.69 2,968,127
Rwanda 22.04 13,276,513
Japan 21.67 126,050,804
Switzerland 21.58 8,715,494
Isle Of Man 21.32 85,410
Slovenia 20.95 2,078,724
Hong Kong 20.91 7,552,810
Oman 20.62 5,223,375
Georgia 20.5 3,979,765
United Arab Emirates 15.45 9,991,089
Taiwan 15.28 23,855,010
Qatar 11.9 2,930,528
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  • brandli62  On 03/06/2021 at 10:25 am

    Guyana made it for once into the Top Ten. A very sad achievement! Lots of room for improvement in the coming years. Let’s hope that the growing economy will provide lots of jobs for young men and thus reduce domestic and violent crime in the nation.

  • Rosaliene Bacchus  On 03/06/2021 at 2:24 pm

    I thought that Brazil would rank much higher. It was a surprise to see Guyana numbered among the Top Ten.

    • brandli62  On 03/06/2021 at 2:40 pm

      I am no surprised about Guyana’s high ranking in this statics. If you follow the news in Guyanese news outlets for a couple of weeks you’ll be horrified to see why mount of reports on crime, robbery, and domestic violence, frequently ending in murders. We are talking about a country with a population of less than 800’000 people. That’s half of the Canton of Zurich, where I live. In the same ranking, Switzerland is right at the bottom. I hope that with the improving economy and the growing demands to service the oil industry there will be more jobs for young Guyanese men. This is usually the best way to cut criminality. Provide education and vocational training for the young, which will make them qualify for all the new jobs that the oil industry and the afflicted service will need in the not so far future.

      • brandli62  On 03/06/2021 at 2:44 pm

        A re-post without the typos:
        I am not surprised about Guyana’s high ranking in this statics. If you follow the news provided by Guyanese news outlets for a couple of weeks you’ll be horrified to about the many reports of crime, robberies, and domestic violence, frequently ending in murders. Keep in mind, we are talking about a country with a population of less than 800’000 people. That’s half of the Canton of Zurich, where I live. In the same ranking, Switzerland is right at the bottom of the list.

        I hope that with the improving economy and the growing demands to service the oil industry, there will be more jobs for young Guyanese men. This is usually the best way to cut criminality. Provide education and vocational training for the young, which will make them qualify for all the new jobs that the oil industry and the affiliated services will need in the not so far future.

  • wally n  On 03/06/2021 at 3:10 pm

    There might be a few flaws in your assumptions, use Trinidad as an example, lots of oil, lots of jobs, lots of crime, maybe the younger generation not interested in working. criminal attitude embedded? Zurich? Embedded in the “old” Europe, hard work, pride in workmanship, I don’t think that is in the mindset of the Caribbean or Guyana, as yet.
    BTW if I ever apologize for a typo…please shoot me.

    • Dennis Albert  On 03/06/2021 at 8:20 pm

      The younger generation are into finessing, scamming, dope dealing, Only Fans and becoming a sugar baby from age 12. No surprise given what they listen to:

    • brandli62  On 03/07/2021 at 7:29 am

      I am an optimist and believe that young Guyanese men want to make a legal living by taking advantage of good job opportunities and getting fair wage for their work. It’s not fun operating in the illegal space, it also robs you of any perspectives of getting married and starting a family.

      • Dennis Albert  On 03/07/2021 at 10:37 am

        The PPP sacked over 1,000 public sector workers of young age, while promising to give jobs to their elderly voter base by funding the dead sugar industry which is deemed unprofitable and has to be subsidised by the state.

        The PPP don’t value education like the corrupt countries in the Middle East or in Russia oligarchs. It was only Granger who told us to educate and behave ourselves.

      • brandli62  On 03/07/2021 at 10:47 am

        I agree that pouring public money into the sugar industry without implementing fundamental changes, such as land reform/consolidation, introduction of state-of-the-art mechanisation, and digitalisation, will not save the industry. You cannot defy the economic forces at play forever.

      • wally n  On 03/07/2021 at 1:10 pm

        Oh you Liberals are such dreamers, maybe there might be some use some where some time. Young people seeing other young people on TV with nice clothes nice cars, their peers living it it up, having a good time, once they buy in they never get out.
        Guyana is in a unique place in the world today, with huge potential in the Caribbean and South America, and oil has nothing to do with it, that is just an added plus.
        Agriculture, there in lies a bright future, feeding yourself from your own land is the foundation of a country’s security. It is a hard to maintain, usually passed on through generations, it is not an attractive way of living even if the returns can be plentiful.(sorry) see Bill Gates massive buyout of America’s farm lands.
        This lackadaisical, loss of direction among young people can end up being tsunami of failure for the future of the country, wrecking havoc in the Agricultural base, even though it is alive and kicking in small farms in the country areas, with produce over flowing the market place.
        Respect of trades, all trades, pride in workmanship, must be taught in kindergarten and up, I remember it used to be, today it is necessary.

      • Dennis Albert  On 03/07/2021 at 2:09 pm

        The PPP must be extremely capitalist’s for giving tax breaks to the elite, laying off thousands of Ministry workers because of their political affiliation, and using oil money to buy votes in a dying sugar industry.

        Like the Old Stock Boomers who preach free markets while voting for massive immigration to create slums, and getting the FED or BOC to print money to create housing bubbles as currently going on in the ABCEU countries?

      • brandli62  On 03/08/2021 at 3:57 am

        The policy of granting tax breaks and exemptions to special interest groups is a bad and corrosive practice, which is on the long-term not sustainable. It undercuts tax moral and makes those paying taxes look stupid. The Ali administration needs to change this policy sooner than later.

  • Dennis Albert  On 03/10/2021 at 10:05 pm

    Where is Charandass and Freddie Kissoon to condemn the corrupt Canadian government?

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