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Crime in Morocco

Violent crime in Morocco is generally low. The homicide rate of 0.4 per 100,000 people is considerably less than in Syria (3.0 per 100,000), Libya (2.2), and Iran, New Zealand or Australia (1.3 and 1.2, respectively). Assault rates are higher but not extreme. On the other hand, the robbery rate (74 per 100,00 people) is appreciably high, prompting the frequent warnings issued by foreign governments to their citizens travelling to Morocco that crime against individuals is most common in the big cities. Drugs are a significant criminal activity in Morocco, particularly due to the cultivation and export of cannabis in northern Morocco. In the late 1990s, this was estimated to be Morocco’s largest source of hard currency, more than tourism and agriculture. Most of the cannabis is exported to Algeria and Tunisia.

The drug trade is only one aspect of an extensive system of corruption, which appears to be endemic, systemic, and institutionalized. It is apparent at every level of society. Attempts have been made to control the drug trade in recent years, particularly 2007, but legislation has not been properly enforced.

Accidental death rates as the result of traffic accidents are extremely high. In 2009, 4,042 people were killed and 12,479 seriously injured on Moroccan roads.

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