Guyana has South America's fourth highest murder rate, after only Colombia, Venezuela, and Brazil. Guyana's murder rate is four times that of the United States. According to local media sources, there was a 7% decline in overall major crimes in August 2018, but a 23% increase in robberies without a weapon. There were also increases in assaults with weapons and rapes.
Parts of Georgetown, where 12% of the population lives, are safe by American standards (GPS locations give an average crime risk score of 3 out of 10), but most districts are very dangerous. There are relatively few police officers per thousand people, so crime tends to go unreported. Petty crime such as purse snatching and car theft are common practices for fund acquisition. Theft from houses occurs mostly during break-ins or while residents are away from home (for example, at work). Large-scale thefts often involve drugs or prostitution.
Crime has become a huge problem in Georgetown. In addition to being one of the most dangerous cities in the world, it is also very expensive. The minimum cost of living here is high; therefore, so is the price of doing business. Employees who are paid in cash incur expenses that have to be hidden from their employers. This makes hiring employees difficult and leads many companies to hire undocumented immigrants who will work for less pay.
There have been efforts made to reduce crime in Georgetown.
The homicide rate in the South American country peaked in 2003, with 27.8 incidents per 100,000 inhabitants. Guyana's inflation rate from 2010 to 2018 (in terms of the number of homicides per 100,000 inhabitants)
|Characteristic||Homicides per 100,000 inhabitants|
Guyana's crime rate
|Level of crime||77.06||High|
|Problem people using or dealing drugs||67.07||High|
|Problem property crimes such as vandalism and theft||77.06||High|
|Problem violent crimes such as assault and armed robbery||76.50||High|
|Problem corruption and bribery||86.90||Very High|
Jamaica had the highest homicide rate among the 22 Latin American and Caribbean nations studied in 2020, with around 46.5 murders committed per 100,000 residents. ...
|Characteristic||Homicides per 100,000 inhabitants|
|Trinidad and Tobago||28.2|
Guyana is plagued by violent crime. It is frequently linked to illegal drug trafficking. Homicides, assaults, break-ins, armed robberies, auto thefts, and carjackings are all commonplace. Criminals frequently travel in groups of two or more and frequently spy on their targets for days before any encounter.
The capital city of Georgetown has a very bad reputation for violence. Although the rate of homicides there is lower than in many other cities of its size, it is still quite high. There have been reports of criminals with no known motive attacking strangers in the street. These "stranger killings" are commonly believed to be part of a power struggle within criminal gangs.
Other large cities such as Linden and East Berbice also have serious problems with crime. In fact, according to one estimate, Guyana has the highest rate of crime per 100,000 people in South America.
There are several factors that may help explain why Guyana is so dangerous. First, it is important to remember that most crimes go unreported. According to official statistics, only 16% of Guyanese report any type of crime against them. This means that 84% of victims do not seek justice because they do not report the incident. Second, police resources are limited so they can only patrol certain areas at any given time. This leaves plenty of opportunity for criminals to prey on their victims while officers are elsewhere.
Jamaica is one of the Caribbean's most violent countries. In 2020, the island country had roughly 46.5 murders per 100,000 residents, the highest homicide rate in Latin America and the Caribbean that year. Police statistics show that over 70% of all crimes go unpunished. Crime against children is widespread; every week, at least 20 children are reported missing. The government has launched a campaign to change this situation by increasing police officers on the streets and providing more resources for them.
Jamaica's murder rate has increased since 2008. There have been more than 40 killings each year since then, with no signs of letting up. Violence is often associated with drug trafficking and many victims are actually crime-scene photos waiting to happen.
There are several factors that may be leading to an increase in violence. The number of guns in Jamaica is growing because of gang violence. Also, there is evidence that younger people are becoming involved in violence for economic reasons - because there aren't any other jobs available. Finally, there is evidence that some criminals are moving away from drug trafficking and into other types of crime including robbery and assault.
Overall, Jamaica is a very dangerous place to live. If you're going there, make sure to keep your eyes open and your guard up at all times.
According to the UN Office of Drugs and Crime, Belize routinely ranks among the worst five nations in the world for killings due to its tiny population and high per capita murder rate. Belize has an average of 40 killings per 100,000 people. This is more than twice the rate of Russia, which has the second-highest homicide rate in the world.
There have been more than 80 murders in Belize this year so far. This is a record number for such a young country. Most of the deaths are due to guns or knives, with some killings also involving boiling water bottles left on porches or attacks with machetes.
Belize's prime minister has called the level of violence "unacceptable" and has vowed to do something about it. Police say they are working hard to reduce the death toll but have made little progress toward doing so.
Crime is one of the biggest issues in Belize, as well as many other countries in the region. The small size of most communities means that crimes often go unreported, making them harder to track and solve. In addition, police resources are limited, so they may not be able to respond to every incident.
According to reports, gun violence is on the rise in Belize. There have been several mass shootings over the past year that have killed dozens of people.
The murder/homicide rate in Jamaica in 2018 was 43.85, a 22.23 percent decrease from 2017. The murder/homicide rate in Jamaica in 2017 was 56.39, a 21.03 percent increase over 2016. The murder/homicide rate in Jamaica in 2016 was 46.59, up 11.5 percent from 2015. The murder/homicide rate in Jamaica in 2015 was 41.78, a 19.54 percent rise from 2014. The murder/homicide rate in Jamaica in 2014 was 36.94, a 16.07 percent drop from 2013.
Jamaica's murder rate is high by international standards. The crime rate in Jamaica is higher than that of most other countries but lower than that of most other Caribbean nations. There were more than 70 murders per 100,000 people in Jamaica in 2018. This number was higher than that of many other countries but lower than that of most others in the region.
Murder is considered a serious offense in Jamaica and there are severe penalties for those found guilty. A first-time offender who is convicted of murder can expect to serve at least 10 years in prison. Those who have been convicted before will likely get longer sentences.
In addition to being sentenced to jail time, defendants found guilty of murder can also be ordered to pay compensation to the victims' families. If the victim was white and the defendant black, then the government tends to favor a sentence that allows for racial reconciliation rather than punishment. This is called "reconciliation justice." If there is no reconciliation possible, then an offender can be given a life sentence.