Mexico’s Citizen Council for Public Security and Criminal Justice has released a report ranking Latin America’s most dangerous cities.
San Pedro Sula, Honduras, tops the list with 171 murders reported for every 100,000 inhabitants in 2014. This is the fourth year running that the Honduran city has remained in first place.
Caracas and Acapulco were ranked second and third, with 116 and 104 murders recorded per 100,000 inhabitants.
Acapulco’s police department confirmed that during the first five months of the year, the number of murders committed in the city grew by 42 percent compared with the same period during 2014.
Safety in Santiago
However, there is good news for people living in Santiago de Chile, ranked the safest city in Latin America according to The Economist.
“Chile is a relatively wealthy country, Santiago de Chile’s rating is due to high levels of domestic violence and rape crimes. It is also due to low levels of trust in the policing and penal systems.” the report outlined.
Buenos Aires ranks at number 31, Lima at number 33, Río de Janeiro at number 35, Sao Paulo at number 40 and Mexico City at number 45 in the world rankings.
Buenos Aires, a Latin American ‘mega city’ could soon see growth of “prohibited areas”, a worry for residents due to thriving petty crime.
Río de Janeiro could also be downgraded due to the ever-increasing problems linked to the 2016 Olympic games preparations.
Latin America’s lower ranking in the world list was attributed to personal safety levels, infrastructure, health systems and lack of digital technology.
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