Comparison of crime statistics from 36 OECD countries
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Be Native News conducted an analysis of crime statistics compiled from data reported by the OECD’s 36 members in six categories: Intentional homicide, rape, robbery, assault, burglary, and vehicle theft. So which OECD countries are the safest? Which are the most dangerous?

Which countries are the most dangerous?

 

 

 

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Most dangerous OECD countries

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According to the Be Native News analysis, the most dangerous OECD countries are Belgium and Sweden, infamously tied at #1. Belgium finished in the top 16 in all six categories, cracking the top 10 four different times and finishing 11th in another. Sweden finished second in three different categories and number five in another. Rounding out the top 5 were England & Wales, the United States of America, and Chile.

The country in the top 10 with the highest GDP per-capita is Australia at number 9 ($67,039) and the country in the top 10 with the lowest GDP is Mexico at #10 ($10,063).

Tier 1: Most dangerous 12 OECD countries

Country Pop (mil) GDP US$ Intentional Homicide Rape Robbery Assault Burglary Vehicle Theft Average
Belgium 11 47,807 11 6 1 4 9 16 7.8
Sweden 9.5 57,134 26 2 10 2 5 2 7.8
England and Wales 63 38,918 22 5 7 3 7 14 9.7
USA 315 47,882 3 4 8 16 13 10 9.0
Chile 16 14,395 4 14 4 8 8 24 10.3
Israel 7.9 32,123 9 10 26 5 14 4 11.3
France 65 42,642 15 12 6 15 19 6 12.2
New Zealand 4.3 36,874 13 3 21 34 2 1 12.3
Australia 22 67,039 19 1 33 13 6 9 13.5
Mexico 112 10,063 1 15 3 17 34 17 14.5
Scotland 5.2 43,492 12 11 23 1 22 18 14.5
Denmark 5.6 59,581 28 25 14 19 1 5 15.3

 

 

 

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Safest OECD countries

 According to the Be Native News analysis, the safest OECD country is Japan. Its worst rating was #28 (Vehicle theft). Otherwise, despite its huge population of 127 million, Japan didn’t finish above 33 out of 36 in any other crime statistics. Rounding out the safest countries were Slovakia, Slovenia, Poland and Turkey. The country with the highest GDP in this tier is Norway at #13 with $98,565 per capita and the country with the lowest GDP is Turkey at 32 with a per capita of $10,524.

Tier 3: Safest countries

Country Pop. GDP Intentional Homicide Rape Robbery Assault Burglary Vehicle Theft Avg.
Norway 4.7 98,565 32 9 27 30 20 11 21.5
Korea 50 23,067 6 13 34 21 32 21.8
Austria 8.2 49,686 34 18 19 31 3 26 21.8
Czech Republic 10 20,607 27 26 24 23 18 22 23.3
Estonia 1.2 16,542 2 19 20 35 36 31 23.8
Greece 10 26,251 24 33 25 29 26 12 24.8
Hungary 9.9 13,919 16 32 28 24 27 29 26.0
Turkey 75 10,524 5 34 35 18 33 35 26.7
Poland 38 13,424 17 28 22 36 29 33 27.5
Slovenia 2.0 24,709 33 29 31 27 11 34 27.5
Slovakia 5.4 17,545 14 31 30 32 30 32 28.2
Japan 127 46,407 35 36 36 33 35 28 33.8
3 Turkey

Although Turkey has a low GDP, it is one of the safest OECD countries. (Photo Source: Wikimedia)

 

 

 

 

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Intentional homicide: Most dangerous OECD countries

While crimes committed in all six categories are serious, homicide merits special attention. Mexico, far and away, was numero uno in “intentional homicide,” with 18.1 per 100,000 population. That is more than three times the next worst country, tiny Estonia at 5.2 and the United States at 5. Chile (3.7), Turkey 3.3 and South Korea (2.9) were next. Four smaller countries (Luxembourg, Estonia, Finland, and Israel) finished in the top 10 of highest intentional homicide rates.

Country Population (million) Police Recorded Cases per 100,000 population
1 Mexico 112 18.1
2 Estonia 1.2 5.2
3 United States 315 5.0
4 Chile 16 3.7
5 Turkey 75 3.3
6 Korea 50 2.9
7 Luxembourg 509 thousand 2.5
8 Finland 5.4 2.3
9 Israel 7.9 2.1
10 Canada 35 1.8

$205 million in drug money seized by legal authorities in Mexico and the U.S. (Photo Source: Wikimedia)

 

 

 

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Intentional homicide: Safest

 Seven of the safest countries in terms of intentional homicide have populations at 10 million or less. One of the safest, however, is Japan, which has the largest population at 127 million, followed by Germany at 81 million.

Country Population (million) Police Recorded Cases per 100,000 population
1 Iceland (thousand) 313 0.3
2 Japan 127 0.5
3 Austria 8.2 0.5
4 Slovenia 2.0 0.6
5 Norway 4.7 0.6
6 Switzerland 8.0 0.7
7 Germany 81 0.8
8 Spain 47 0.9
9 Denmark 5.6 0.9
10 Czech Republic 10 0.9

Although Japan has a large population, it is probably the safest OECD country. (Photo Source: Wikimedia)

 

 

 

Crime comparison of selected OECD countries

Pop(Mil) GDP Per capita $ Intentional homicide Rape Robbery Assault Burglary Vehicle Theft Avg.
US 313 47,882 3 4 8 16 13 10 9.0
Korea 50 23,067 6 13 34 21 32 - 21.8
Japan 127 46,407 35 36 36 33 35 28 33.8
Australia 22 67,039 19 1 33 13 6 9 13.5
Belgium  11 47,807  11  6  1  4  9  16  7.8
Japan 127 46,407 35 36 36 33 35 28  33.8

 

 

 

Notes:

* Statistics could not be compiled for every country in every category.

* Some press accounts have different statistics because they did not include all six categories in their analysis.

* This analysis does not give more weight to different categories. Such as, Mexico’s extreme intentional homicide rate deserves more weight, but this particular analysis merely compares categories.

 

Sources:

CIVITAS Crime Briefing: Comparisons of Crime in OECD Countries

UN National Accounts Main Aggregates Database

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