These Are The 5 Most Dangerous Cities In Latin America. Do You Live In One Of Them?

The most dangerous cities to have a family, is yours in any?

Many people in cities of Latin American countries live a harsh reality, and the statistics confirm it. According to the reports published by the Citizen Council for Public Safety and Criminal Justice of Mexico, “Latin America tops the list with 10 of the 50 most dangerous cities in the world.” And he clarifies that Venezuela has four of the most dangerous.

The statistics also say that despite the fact that Latin America represents only 8 percent of the world’s population, 33 percent of violent deaths occur there.

The 5 Latin American cities with the most violence

The annual reports made to obtain the degree of danger of each city are drawn up through information provided by official and independent sources, using homicide or intentional death as the main basis of analysis; from there the “ranking” of the world’s most dangerous cities is displayed.


In the particular case of this city in Venezuela, conducting the ranking study is difficult, since accurately deciphering cases of intentional homicide are lost, due to the violent situation in the country; Therefore, the results are given from the combination of press reports and the entry of bodies to the morgue. Thus, this city reports the highest violence and death rate with “a rate of 130.35 homicides per 100,000 inhabitants.”


A city in the state of Guerrero, in Mexico, known worldwide for tourism and its wonderful beaches; however, it is considered among the 8 most dangerous cities in the country, ranking second. It presents a rate of 113.24 homicides per 100,000 inhabitants.

San Pedro Sula

San Pedro Sula, in Honduras, is one of the cities where violence is experienced in the streets with the dominance of the “maras”, who practically rule the city with their own laws.

The lack of police assistance, crime and the drug business allow San Pedro Sula to be dominated by two of the main gangs: “La Mara Salvatrucha” and “Barrio 18”.

San Pedro Sula has a rate of 112.09 homicides per 100,000 inhabitants.

Victoria City

Ciudad Victoria, in Tamaulipas, Mexico. The statistics about this metropolis are based on the high number of kidnappings and extortion experienced by its inhabitants. Once the kidnappers receive the ransom, most cases end in death. Its homicide rate is 84.67 per 100,000 people.

San Salvador

The city of San Salvador, located in El Salvador, has a high level of crime in the streets, such as machine-gunning of people from vehicles, street fights that end in murders, and armed robbery of banks and businesses.

Thus, the rate is 83.89 homicides per 100,000 inhabitants.

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Violence, safety and responsibilities

The causes of violence or high crime rates of the cities that are registered in the ranking as the most dangerous in Latin America, among others, are:

  • A high level of poverty.

  • The existence of organized gangs like gangs.

  • Cities that serve as “transit for drugs and internal wars.”

  • Government corruption.

Undoubtedly, those who are primarily responsible for the safety of citizens are those who govern a country, city or territory. With the support of the community, these government agencies can contribute resources, launch programs, and provide direct assistance to citizens in order to provide greater security and protection.

It must be taken into account that this ranking is modified every year, due to the changes that cities carry out through the combined work between the government and the community.

An example of this is the city of Hermosillo, in Sonora, which to combat the insecurity of citizens in the streets increased the number of patrols from 28 to 300, which currently operate in the community; They have also implemented a road safety program, so that both the pedestrian and the driver have road awareness.

It also developed the ” Hermosillo Seguro ” strategy , in which more than 13,000 citizens participate in 1,163 ” Citizen Committees “, which are responsible for the care and security of homes, streets and businesses.

Uniting and working together, the people, the community and the government, is the only way to work for PEACE.

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