As Jamaica continues its relentless battle with the crime monster, a fight which seems unwinnable based on the ever-rising crime rate, Jamaica has found itself on countless lists relating to crime and violence, even topping them.
For the past half a decade, Jamaica has been ranked amongst the deadliest place on earth, not just in the Caribbean, prompting numerous countries to issue warnings to its citizens not to travel to Jamaica, and if they wish to do so, they should take extra precautions.
A list presented by Caribbean Lifestyle By J-Irie has the tiny Caribbean Island at number one on its ‘deadliest cities and countries in the Caribbean list,’ according to the report, the list is calculated based on its recent proxy of homicide rates.
Jamaica is ranked way above the country closest to it on the list in terms of the homicide rate, with a homicide rate of 43.85 killings per 100,000 people, equating to 1287 murders over a year. Despite these alarming numbers, Jamaica remains one of the most travelled and popular destinations by tourists.
Among the deadliest cities in Jamaica are Kingston and Montego Bay which account for most of the homicides in the country. Even though Montego Bay is a popular destination for visitors, tourists are rarely caught in the crossfire, if ever, in the constant violence and crime in that part of the Island.
Other Caribbean countries on the unenviable list rounding out the top five include Belize in fifth with a homicide rate of 25.7 per 100,000 people, fourth place Trinidad and Tobago with a homicide rate of 30.65 per 100,000 people.
Third on the list sees St Kitts and Nevis with a homicide rate of 36.1 which equates to 18 murders for the year because of its 54,000 plus population and St Vincent and The Grenadines sits in second on the list with a homicide rate of 36.5 per 100, 000 people.
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