Thursday 21 June, 2018

Kingston 16th among the world’s most dangerous cities – study

An aerial view of a section of the city of Kingston, including the National Stadium complex.

An aerial view of a section of the city of Kingston, including the National Stadium complex.

Kingston, Jamaica came in at number 16 in a list of 50 of the most dangerous cities of the world.

The list was composed by Seguridad Justicia y Paz (Security, Justice and Peace), a Mexican think tank that specialises in anti-violence policies.

Each city was ranked according to its homicide rate per 100,000 residents. The city must have a population in excess of 300,000, and deaths in war zones are not counted.

Kingston was the only Caribbean Community (CARICOM) city to make the list, with San Juan in Puerto Rico being the only other Caribbean city to be included.

It is somewhat surprising that Montego Bay did not make the list, being Jamaica’s second city and up to recently, experiencing a homicide epidemic.

Last year saw over 1,600 Jamaicans murdered. From January 1 to February 17, 2018, 204 people were killed, spelling a 17 per cent increase on the corresponding period last year.

Earlier this year, Montego Bay was placed under a state of emergency.

This latest dangerous cities of the world list is dominated by South and Central American cities, with Brazilian cities appearing the most.

Four United States cities feature among the 50-city list, namely St Louis (13), Baltimore (21), New Orleans (41) and Detroit (42).

With clearly no local bias in the mix, the Mexican city of Los Cabos held the number one spot on the list, as a few other Mexican cities followed close by.

The Mexican study attributed the homicides in most of the listed cities to drug trafficking, organised crime, poverty and poor economic conditions. 

Here is the list of the 50 most dangerous cities of the world:

1. Los Cabos, Mexico

2. Caracas, Venezuela

3. Acapulco, Mexico

4. Natal, Brazil

5. Tijuana, Mexico

6. La Paz, Mexico

7. Fortaleza, Brazil

8. Victoria, Mexico

9. Guayana, Brazil

10. Belém, Brazil

11. Vitória da Conquista, Brazil

12. Culiacán, Mexico

13. St Louis, United States

14. Maceió, Brazil

15. Cape Town, South Africa

16. Kingston, Jamaica

17. San Salvador, El Salvador

18. Aracaju, Brazil

19. Feira de Santana, Brazil

20. Ciudad Juárez, Mexico

21. Baltimore, United States

22. Recife, Brazil

23. Maturín, Venezuela

24. Guatemala, Guatemala

25. Salvador, Brazil

26. San Pedro Sula, Honduras

27. Valencia, Venezuela

28. Cali, Colombia

29. Chihuahua, Mexico

30. João Pessoa, Brazil

31. Obregón, Mexico

32. San Juan, Puerto Rico

33. Barquisimeto, Venezuela

34. Manaus, Brazil

35. Distrito Central, Honduras

36. Tepic, Mexico

37. Palmira, Colombia

38. Reynosa, Mexico

39. Porto Alegre, Brazil

40. Macapá, Brazil

41. New Orleans, United States

42. Detroit, United States

43. Mazatlán, Mexico

44. Durban, South Africa

45. Campos dos Goytacazes, Brazil

46. Nelson Mandela Bay, South Africa

47. Campina Grande, Brazil

48. Teresina, Brazil

49. Vitória, Brazil

50. Cúcuta, Colombia

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