Safety is an important feature important factor which is top of priority no matter where you work, live or travel in the world. Using a number of crime related factors, we have come to a conclusion that, UK, France and Italy each have numerous cities which appear on the most dangerous lists. The factors which were used include personal feelings from different people on the level of crime, changes in crime rate, safety walking alone, fears of mugging and robberies, perceived threat of assault of robbery, being harassed, annoyed, insulted or solicited by locals, ethnic, racial and religious intolerance.
Here are the top 10 most dangerous cities in Europe
10. Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Sarajevo is the capital city of Herzegovina and Bosnia with a population of 440,000. Its crime rates are moderate which involves; auto thefts,murders, burglaries, rapes, property crime, and shootings which happen on a regular basis in this largest city in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Petty crimes like muggings and pick pocketing are also rampant in the streets of this city, especially around public transport and tourist hotspots.
9. Glasgow in Scotland
It has a population of 596,000 and its streets have moderate crime rates. In 2013, the Institute for Economics and Peace rated it as the most violent area due to an increase in gangs, knife crimes and drugs; its homicide rates per 100,000 people stood at 2.7 while in London, at the same statistics, it was at 1.67.
8. Rotterdam, The Netherlands
It is an industrial port city in the South Holland province of the Netherlands and has a population of 616,456. The city and its ports are used by drug traffickers who smuggle cocaine into Europe. Tourists who visit Rotterdam usually fall prey of car break ins, pick-pocketing, and theft of laptops, cell phones and other valuables. All these happen in airports, trams, transit stations, especially at night. Zuid is the most insecure place in Rotterdam, due to unemployment, which has led to people there being poor.
7. Coventry, England
It is a city in West Midlands County of central England with a population of around 329,800. The hot spots for criminal activities in Coventry are Folehill, Willenhall, Wood End and Hillfields. The main crime activities include robbery, antisocial behavior, robbery, drugs, theft, burglary, shoplifting, and sexual assault. The average crime per 100 people in this city is 4.78 while that of the UK is 6.57.
6. Lille, France
It has a population of approximately 227,560 people. Lille is the Nord’s capital city. In recent years, the crime rate is on the rise due to high unemployment rate. Report by the Trading Economics shows that youth unemployment in France stood at 25.9 percent. This has caused insecurity in subways as the youth prey passengers, and even sexually assault women.
5. Marseilles, France
It is a port city in France, which has an estimated population of 855,000. Crimes in this area range from mugging, snatch and grabs of valuables, to car break ins, and hardcore crimes. This has led to the economic decline in Marseilles, which has, in turn, resulted in an unemployment rate of 13%. The city is faced with gang wars, murders, segregation, police corruption, gang controlled drug trafficking, and other organized crimes.
4. Naples, Italy
It is the capital city of the Campania region of southern Italy with a population of approximately one million people. Its economic spine lies in agriculture, tourism, and commerce. The crime rates in this city are very high and they are fueled by unemployment which is at between 28 and 40 percent. Crimes committed include: pick pocketing, home burglary, vehicle break ins, assaults, purse snatching and drugging. Organized crime is rife by the mafia group of Camorra like clans who control the lucrative and illegal, waste disposal racketeering operations in this city.
3. Turin, Italy
It is the capital city of the mountainous Piedmont region, which is in the northern part of Italy. It has a population of 909,193 people. It is a vibrant city with businesses, cultural centers, and industries. Its crime rates are high due to the presence of anti establishment groups who overwhelm local authorities most of the times – this is according to the report by the US Overseas Security Advisory Council. Other crimes include malicious property damage, theft, and robberies.
2. Bari, Italy
It is the capital city of Puglia and a port city on the Adriatic coast with a population of over 322,000 people. This is according to the National Institute for Statistics. The crime rate in Bari is high with petty theft, including street robberies in passageways which discourages tourists. There are high levels of murders and violence due to organized crimes.
1. Rostov on Don, Russia
It is the largest city in Southern Russia and capital city of Rostov region and the Southern Federal Region of Russia. It has a population of over 1.1 million and the crime rate is high due to an increase in the illegal trade of guns which is fueled by the essential civil war.
Yes, the aforementioned are the top 10 most dangerous cities in Europe. If you happen to be touring the continent, try as much s you can, to avoid those cities. Share with friends so that they too can be forewarned.