Every traveler will tell you that humans are similar no matter the location. The scenery may change, but humans have the same needs and wants. This means that anywhere humans are, so is crime.

Like we’ve talked about in previous blog posts, security, safety, and peace of mind are universal traits that everyone longs for, but at the same time—crime will also be present.


Travelers know that being familiar with an area of the world and country before they had abroad is crucial to having a safe, pleasant, and stress-free time away. This includes understanding the climate, the culture, and of course the crime rate.

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Why The Numbers Matter

Whether you are a traveler or not, feeling safe on a personal level and within a community is an important component to having a happy and healthy life. We all need and long for safety and security.

Crime has an impact on financial, physical, and psychological well being in any given community. This impact will affect how well the community interacts with one another, in turn affecting the overall health and cohesiveness of the community. Some believe that measuring the social breakdown in cohesion of any given community can be directly related to the crime rate.

A number of variables can impact crime rate. These include: population size, affluence in the country, housing, time of year, and many others.

For our list we only compiled the top five burglary rates per population of one hundred thousand people (100K). This list comes via Actualitix. We aren’t looking at socioeconomic factors or any of the other variables that could possibly contribute to a country finding itself on this crime list. The top five are:

  1. Denmark – 1,939.40 burglaries per 100k
  2. Netherlands – 1,887.90 burglaries per 100k
  3. Austria – 1,675.40 burglaries per 100k
  4. Saint Kitts and Nevis – 1,623.30 burglaries per 100k
  5. Saint Vincent and the Grenadines – 1,617.60 per 100k

Visit the Actualitix to learn more about the crime rates surrounding these countries and see a further breakdown.

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What Does it All Mean?

Remember: this isn’t information that’s important just for curiosity’s sake. It’s important to understand what crime looks like in your neighborhood, city, state, country, and abroad in countries that you plan on visiting.

It’s worth knowing the entire of scope of crime within any context that may affect you. Even in low crime areas, it’s important to be safe, no matter how safe and secure a country is presumed to be.

Though you may not be traveling to the countries that make this top five any time soon, this doesn’t mean other countries don’t have their own issues with crime. We encourage you to research any country (or state in the United States), to have a firm understanding of the area before you go there.

Home Security While Traveling

Safety while traveling abroad won’t only include the precautions that you need to take once you’re at your destination, but having the protection for your home that’s left stateside. 

Monitored home security is the most certain way to keep your belongings safe while you’re abroad. Unmonitored options will simply send you push alert notifications while you’re away, but if you don’t have access to the telephone or WiFi, how will you alert authorities of the situation or even know anything is happening?

Monitored home security will guarantee that authorities respond to your home in the event of a break-in while you’re abroad.