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Crime worldwide - Statistics & Facts

Crime is an illegal act punishable by law. It involves harming other people or damaging the property of the others, including common goods belonging to the society. Crime acts range from threats and harassment, domestic violence, larceny, illegal possession of guns or drugs, cybercrime, to violent offences such as sexual assaults, homicide, or human trafficking.

Most dangerous places worldwide

As of 2021, El Salvador was the most dangerous country worldwide, with murder rate of 82.84 per 100,000 inhabitants. Other countries with very high homicide rates were Honduras, Venezuela, and the Virgin Islands. When it comes to cities, Los Cabos in Mexico had the highest murder rate of any city in the world in 2020, with 111.3 murders per 100,000 population. The list was dominated by cities in Latin and Central America with a few cities from the United States and South Africa in between.

Property crime

In case of property crime, private belongings are stolen or destroyed, often without incurring injuries to the crime victim. New Zealand was the country with the highest burglary rate worldwide in 2018, followed by Chile and Denmark. New Zealand also had the inglorious place one on the list of countries with largest amount of car thefts globally.

Violent crime

A violent felony takes place when an aggressor uses force upon a victim or threatens to do so. In the United States, violent crime instances decreased significantly in the last thirty years. In 2019, there were 366.7 such cases reported per 100,000 of the population. Despite the downtrend in the number of violent crime cases, the United States is the country with the highest number of prisoners worldwide.

Cybercrime

With the development of online and mobile technologies, cybercrime has become a common occurrence. As of December 2019, 56 percent of internet users worldwide have at least once experienced cybercrime. Personal and business e-mail compromises accounted for the largest reported victim losses.
New technologies can create new opportunities for the criminals, but on the other hand, cloud-based, artificial intelligence and machine learning solutions have been listed as very useful tools in financial crime prevention.

Crime clearance

The clearance rate is defined as the number of crimes for which a charge was laid divided by the total number of recorded crimes. A look at the crime clearance rate in the United States by type suggests that clearance rates are higher for violent crimes than non-violent crimes. This is backed up by comparison between clearance rates for violent crime and all weighted crime cases in Canada, as well as in Finland where the clearance rate for murders, manslaughters, and killings has been impressively high.

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Crime worldwide - Statistics & Facts

Crime is an illegal act punishable by law. It involves harming other people or damaging the property of the others, including common goods belonging to the society. Crime acts range from threats and harassment, domestic violence, larceny, illegal possession of guns or drugs, cybercrime, to violent offences such as sexual assaults, homicide, or human trafficking.

Most dangerous places worldwide

As of 2021, El Salvador was the most dangerous country worldwide, with murder rate of 82.84 per 100,000 inhabitants. Other countries with very high homicide rates were Honduras, Venezuela, and the Virgin Islands. When it comes to cities, Los Cabos in Mexico had the highest murder rate of any city in the world in 2020, with 111.3 murders per 100,000 population. The list was dominated by cities in Latin and Central America with a few cities from the United States and South Africa in between.

Property crime

In case of property crime, private belongings are stolen or destroyed, often without incurring injuries to the crime victim. New Zealand was the country with the highest burglary rate worldwide in 2018, followed by Chile and Denmark. New Zealand also had the inglorious place one on the list of countries with largest amount of car thefts globally.

Violent crime

A violent felony takes place when an aggressor uses force upon a victim or threatens to do so. In the United States, violent crime instances decreased significantly in the last thirty years. In 2019, there were 366.7 such cases reported per 100,000 of the population. Despite the downtrend in the number of violent crime cases, the United States is the country with the highest number of prisoners worldwide.

Cybercrime

With the development of online and mobile technologies, cybercrime has become a common occurrence. As of December 2019, 56 percent of internet users worldwide have at least once experienced cybercrime. Personal and business e-mail compromises accounted for the largest reported victim losses.
New technologies can create new opportunities for the criminals, but on the other hand, cloud-based, artificial intelligence and machine learning solutions have been listed as very useful tools in financial crime prevention.

Crime clearance

The clearance rate is defined as the number of crimes for which a charge was laid divided by the total number of recorded crimes. A look at the crime clearance rate in the United States by type suggests that clearance rates are higher for violent crimes than non-violent crimes. This is backed up by comparison between clearance rates for violent crime and all weighted crime cases in Canada, as well as in Finland where the clearance rate for murders, manslaughters, and killings has been impressively high.

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