The Caribbean Has The Highest Crime Rate in the World

According to a new report by the World Bank and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, Crime, Violence and Development : Trends, costs and Policy Options in the Caribbean, murder rates in the Caribbean are higher than in any other region of the world, and assault rates—including rape--are significantly above the world average.

While the report focuses on the crime problems of the sovereign nations of the Caribbean, it’s clear from these U.S. data that Puerto Rico is no exception. The murder rate in that U.S. possession was 20 murders per 100,000 people for 2006--and this year that rate has skyrocketed with 46 murders in just the first 15 days of the year.

The report concludes that one of the results of the extreme levels of crime is the stunting of social and economic development.

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