A newly designed interactive map will show you exactly where in the world you are most likely to be murdered.
Designed by The Igarapé Institute, it is hoped The Homicide Monitor will show policy-makers, journalists, scholars, activists and researchers the specifics and extent of the problem and they can then go on to use the tool to tackle the problem utilising these statistics and figures.
It can also help guide and advise people when making international travel plans. The Igarapé Institute is not promoting avoidance of any area, but wants to point out places that are currently experiencing high murder rates so that people can use caution and avoid taking unnecessary risks.
The numbers for murder are higher and growing rapidly. The map is based on 2012 data, and in that year, 437,000 people died violently all over the world. 33 per cent of those deaths occurred in Latin America and the Caribbean (which is home to less than 10 per cent of the world’s population).
The map reveals that Honduras is the deadliest country in the world, with a murder rate of 85.5 per 100,000 people, followed by Venezuela and the US Virgin Islands.
The countries where you’re least likely to be murdered are Liechtenstein, Monaco and Singapore.
You’re also in safe hands in Australia, where we had just 1.1 homicides per 100,000 people in 2012.
More than half of all the murders in the world are committed with firearms, but this drops to just 17 per cent in Australia (presumably as a result of our gun laws).
Another startling fact — if you are a young man living in Brazil, murder is the leading cause of death. However, the opposite is true in many parts of Europe where murder is much less common.
The interactive map relies on data from the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime and tracks the total number of homicides and murder rates per country. It takes into account gender, age and more unsettling information like the type of weapon used.
Even though there is an element of shock value to the map, the creators are hoping that it is used in a positive and productive manner. They believe that high murder rates can be tackled and changed by employing tactics including the involvement of local communities and strategic deployment of police in areas with the highest murder rates.
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