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Latin America is home to 62 of the 100 most violent cities in the world, according to a study


Verisk Maplecroft consultancy analyzed 579 cities with more than one million inhabitants focusing on the level of crime, civil unrest, conflicts and terrorist attacks.

The British strategic consulting firm and global risk firm Verisk Maplecroft has determined that Latin America is home to 62 of the 100 most violent cities in the world, according to a study published this Wednesday on its website.

“The crime is the biggest security problem faced by companies in the main cities of the world and puts personnel, assets and supply chains at risk”, reads the text.

Verisk Maplecroft has analyzed 579 urban centers with a population of more than one million inhabitants focusing on four areas: level of crime, civil disturbances, conflicts and terrorist attacks.

What cities are they?

The results of the investigation showed that 14 of the 20 places most dangerous on the planet are found in Latin America, one of the main reasons being transnational drug trafficking and gangs involved in criminal activities.

In fact, the continuation The entity is home to 8 of the 12 cities that receive the highest possible risk score: Barquisimeto, Caracas, Maracaibo, Maracay and Valencia, in Venezuela; Chihuahua, in Mexico; Medellin, in Colombia; and San Salvador, the capital of El Salvador.

The study indicates that, when observing the 30 largest cities in the world by volume of population, it was concluded that the three most dangerous cities are also in Latin America: Rio de Janeiro, Bogota and Mexico City.

East Asia, Counterpoint

Furthermore, Verisk Maplecroft points out that Kabul ( Afghanistan) is the worst city for overall security, followed by Mogadishu (Somalia), Cali (Colombia), Sana’a (Yemen), Port-au-Prince (Haiti), Aleppo (Syria), Medellin (Colombia), Kaduna (Nigeria) and the Venezuelan cities of Maracaibo and Barquisimeto.

On the other hand, the British consultant points out that during the last year there has been a “marked increase” the report also predicts that in the next twelve months the greatest increase in this problem will take place in the Middle East and North Africa, with civil unrest being the main factor.

As a counterpoint, the study places East Asia as the safest region on the planet. The Japanese cities of Hamamatsu, Sendai and Hiroshima lead the ‘top ten’ of safest cities. Other places to note are Taiwan (China) and Vietnam.

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