Highest Crime Rates in Asia

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As Singaporeans frequent our neighbouring countries often, it isn’t hard to spot that Malaysia cities populated the Top 20 cities in Asia with the highest crime index. To add on to the surprise, Kuala Lumpur actually stands at #27 on the global list. From the little statistics that could be gathered on Malaysia, in 2016 there were 1,887 reported number of cases for rape and 456 murder cases. In 2006, there were 5,716 cases of robbery. To put things into perspectives, the population of Malaysia in 2017 was at an estimate of 32 million.

#4 on this list is Male, Maldives. Who would have thought that the popular beach destination has such a high crime index? According to statistics directly from Maldivian government, there were a total of 16,363 number of cases logged with the police. Of the 5,827 detainees, 5,547 of them are males. It is also noteworthy that there were 935 assault cases and 338 domestic violence cases. Theft accounts for 28% of those logged cases, while robbery, kidnapping and rape was not clearly defined and reported.

According to official statistics in 2016, approximately one in ten people in Thailand owns a gun and that official data reveals there are over 6 million registered guns for a population size of 69 million. Intentional homicide rates in 2015 for Thailand was 3.5 per 100,000 population.

The land of smiles has seen the influx of 30 million visitors in 2016 that amounts to over USD $44 million. With tourism as one the key economic pillars, Thailand is also known as a safe haven for criminals on the run from their homeland and the actual gun numbers, if including illegal possession, edge closer to 10 million instead.

Check out a high profile kidnapping case in Thailand just this year in May: