Some stats on being bumped off–Dicing with Death

8th May 2014


A 2012 study published on the 10th April by the UN Office on Drugs and Crime provides some interesting statistics. 437,000 people around the world whose lives ended in murder were studied. Here are some of the results:

  • The average person around the world had roughly a one in 16,000 chance of being murdered.
  • Murder rates in the Americas or Africa (one in 6,100 and one in 8,000 respectively) are more than four times as high as the rest of the world.
  • Western Europe and East Asia are the safest regions.
  • The safest country was Liechtenstein (population 36,600) which recorded no murders at all in 2012.
  • Singapore with 5.31million people clocked up just 11 murders in 2012, or one killing per 480,000 people.
  • In Honduras, the world’s most violent country, one in every 1,100 residents was killed and one man in every 599.
  • Your chance of being murdered if you are a woman will be barely a quarter what it would be were you a man.
  • Nearly half of all female murder-victims are killed by their partner or another (usually male) family member.
  • In Japan and South Korea slightly over half of all murder victims are female.
  • From the age of 30 onwards, murder rates fall steadily in most places.
  • However European women over 60 years of age are more likely to be murdered than those aged 15-29.
  • Alcohol featured in half of murders in Australia, Finland and Sweden, making it a more common factor than any weapon.
  • Worldwide only 43% of murders result in someone being put behind bars.
  • Europe’s police solve eight out of ten murders; those in Asia nearly half and three-quarters of killers in the Americas escape justice (a smaller share in North America)
  • Over a lifetime (assuming a life expectancy of 71 years and a stable murder rate), a Honduran man’s risk of being killed accumulates to a horrifying one in nine.

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