The Americas

Murder rates around the world vary from continents to continents and from countries to countries. Did you know, when it comes to analyzing murder rates in the Americas, South American countries such as Honduras, Brazil, and Venezuela top the charts? Honduras has seen a rapid increase in murder rates since the Honduran coup d’etat of 2009, with over 6,239 death recorded in 2010 alone. In 2012 there were 7,172 cases of homicides more than the previous years. Between 2011 and 2015, the murder rate declined by 30%. Bordering Honduras is the Caribbean sea wherein lies two particular nations have had their fair share of murders Jamaica and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Jamaican cities such as Kingston, Montego Bay, Spanish town have witnessed the bulk of deaths occurring in the Country. There were 1,680 murder cases reported in 2009, after which the numbers saw a steady decline, with 2017 being the only year where murder cases climbed above 1600.

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In which European countries are people at the most risk of being killed or murdered? Germany, No. France, No. Denmark, No. Well then which one is it? The answer is Lithuania and Latvia. Even though both of these are generally safer countries to visit when comparing to other countries, but there are specific guidelines published by Lithuanian Authorities indicating clubs and nightspots that pose a high risk to people. Latvia, on the other hand, is currently placed at Level 1 of the U.S. Travel Advisory Board advising citizens to exercise reasonable precautions.


Africa currently accounts for 12.9% of murders in the world. The nations of South Africa and Nigeria make the most of this 12.9%. In South Africa, there were 20,336 murders recorded in 2017. On Average, around 57 are murdered daily in the Country. Nigeria, in particular, has a troubled past, The Country had to face off Boko Haram a violent insurgency that is responsible for most of the murders/deaths occurring since 2009, Boko Haram has had several clashes with the government one such encounter in 2014 resulted in 10,439 deaths.

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Between 2001-2017, India witnessed 163,740 cases that were related to homicides. The top three motives due to which someone would murder another person were Personal Vendetta, Dispute related to property, Love affairs. Homicides in which love affairs were the primary motive decreased slightly from 1,493 in 2016 to 1,390 in 2017.

West vs. East

Comparing western countries with eastern countries on murder counts generates variable Results. On the top of the list, we have Russia with 9.2% share succeeding Russia are the states of USA, U.K., Australia, China, and Japan with Homicide Rates of 5.3%, 1.2%, 0.8%, 0.6%, 0.2% respectively.

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Source of Infographic: Murder Mystery