A report made available after the first quarter of 2016 showed that St Vincent and the Grenadines are among the top 25 countries with the highest murder rates per 100,000.
The highest murder rates in the world according to the report can be found in Latin America and Africa. St Vincent and the Grenadines is 13 among the Top 25 countries with 25.6 murders per 100,000.
The report by Worldatlas.com states that Being able to identify the highest murder rates is the first step toward solving the problem, next is to understand what factors lead to violent crimes, like homicide.
The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) has conducted a study to identify the prominent factors that seem to result in high murder rates.
Countries with the widest gaps between rich and poor are four times more likely to experience violent crimes than other countries.
These inequitable societies are found most often in developing countries, where high poverty lacking infrastructure are commonplace.
In fact, poverty and crime go hand in hand; crime drives away businesses and investors, reducing available human capital, and creating an insecure environment which in turn, leads to more poverty.
Other countries in the region who made a list are;
Trinidad (12) or 25.9,
St Lucia (15) 21.6
Dominica (16) 21.1
Guyana (21) 17
Bahamas (10) 29.8
St Kitts and Nevis (7) 33.6
Jamaica (5) 36.1.