The rate of street crime in different countries can be tricky to work out, given that different countries have different definitions of the term. However, adjusted for the population statistics, below is a list of countries where it’s a good idea to at least be a little careful of your money when you’re exploring as they are the countries with highest rate of street crimes.
Scotland’s place on this list is largely thanks to the fact that there is a high level of serious organised crime groups operating in the country – mainly based out of the town of Strathclyde. The authorities are struggling to deal with these groups, which pushes the rates of crime up.
Scotland has a rate of street crime of 8,428.97 crimes per 100,000 population.
The majority of both criminals and victims of street crime in Finland are under the influence of alcohol during the act. The fact that these rates are increasing helps to earn Finland’s place on this list.
Finland has a rate of street crime of 8,697.37 crimes per 100,000 population.
In the past few years, there has been a rise in gang-related crime within Denmark, which means that the rates of street crime have also risen. Overall rates of crime have remained steady, however, which means that Denmark is still a relatively safe country.
Denmark has a rate of street crime of 9,460.38 crimes per 100,000 population.
Street crime in England has risen largely thanks to the global economic crisis, as people living in cities like London, Bradford and Manchester struggle to make ends meet with more honest methods. Coupled with dramatic drops in welfare benefits, this has led to an increase in the number of street crimes being reported.
England has a rate of street crime of 9,823.38 crimes per 100,000 population.
The same problems which have hit England exist in Wales, but the loss of almost all of the industrial and factory forms of employment have meant that the issues are a little more extreme in Wales – particularly in the bigger cities such as Cardiff and Swansea.
Wales has a rate of street crime of 9,823.38 crimes per 100,000 population.
Norway struggles with crime, although they do also have one of the best criminal justice systems in the world – encouraging more of their population to report crimes. This helps to increase Norway’s place on this sort of list.
Norway has a rate of street crime of 10,086.72 crimes per 100,000 population.
Street crime in Grenada tends to be targeted towards local people, rather than tourists. However, the fact that the levels are as high means that it is wise to be at least a little cautious. In spite of this, however, in comparison to the rest of the Caribbean, the rates of street crime in Grenada are reasonably low.
Grenada has a rate of street crime of 10,177.89 crimes per 100,000 population.
3. New Zealand
Like most other places, New Zealand’s crime data is based on the number of crimes which are actually reported. Street crime is one of the highest issues politically in New Zealand, and the fear of crime is very high amongst the general population.
New Zealand has a rate of street crime of 12,586.64 crimes per 100,000 population.
Crime rates in Sweden are rising largely due to the fact that it is becoming more acceptable to report crimes, and thus the accuracy of the data has improved. Street crime is more common in low socioeconomic areas, and for much the same reasons as have been given for England and Wales.
Sweden has a rate of street crime of 13,455.08 crimes per 100,000 population.
As with every other country heavily hit by the recent economic crisis, the rates of crime in Iceland have risen along with unemployment – for the simple reason that desperate people tend to act out of desperation. According to the police, the high level of street crime is largely due to an influx of immigrants from Eastern European countries.
Iceland has a rate of street crime of 14,726.95 crimes per 100,000 population.
One thing to bear in mind with any list of this sort is the fact that they are based on reported crimes. This means that crimes which go unreported are not included in lists like countries with highest rate of street crimes. Which also means that the countries with the higher crime statistics tend to have trustworthy police forces which are trusted by the general public.