How it works:
- Violent crime (UNODC’s stats):
- Victims of intentional homicide per 100,000 inhabitants per year: 5.4 (2016) vs global average: 8.2 (2016), Americas average: 20.9 (2016).
- Drug related crime/organized crime groups along US – Mexico border (Arizona, California, New Mexico and Texas).
- Heightened threat, mainly from lone wolf attacks inspired by Daesh and al Qaeda.
- Civil unrest:
- Demonstrations may occur.
What to do:
- In general:
- Stay alert, avoid secluded areas, travelling alone at night and flaunting valuables.
- Monitor local media in case of terrorist threats and civil unrest.
- The United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS), issues terrorism-related updates through its National Terrorism Advisory System (NTAS)
- Cities with the highest rates of violent crime per 100,000 people:
- East St Louis; Darby Borough; Opa Locka; Florida City; Flint; Detroit; Saginaw City; College Park; Prichard; West Memphis
- United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC)
- UK Government foreign travel advice
- Government of Canada travel advisory
- Australia Government travel advice