One shouldn't measure risk by entire countries, but where you specifically plan to go; and what you plan to do. And crime isn't the only risk that you have to take into account.
Many people avoid travel based on unfounded fears. That's a pity. Decisions shouldn't be based on assumptions and hearsay. Rather, they should be based on facts and the best information available.
We all have opinions, and they most likely differ. I like hearing opinions. It helps stimulate thinking. But I make my travel decisions based on research and careful thought. It's a dynamic thing. Over the years, I've found that it pays to stay informed. So I appreciate those travel alerts and warnings; and I enroll in the State Department's Smart Traveler program to get them. It's helped in problematic situations.
trying to relate US homicide rates with terrorism rates in europe is just not rational for obvious reasons.
"One shouldn't measure risk by entire countries, but where you specifically plan to go..." - definitely; College Hill in St Louis is likely to be more risky than than Furnace Creek, Death Valley or Cleethorpes, England.
"trying to relate US homicide rates with terrorism rates in europe is just not rational for obvious reasons" (sic) - the US Govt warnings are all about the level of risk but without any indication of measurable facts. The figures on unlawful homicide (however dodgy) include unlawful killing by any means, including shooting and terrorism and surely when you are looking at the risk to you travelling you need a baseline (the risk of death by others in your own country or town) and the associated risk at the place you're travelling to so that you can compare how risky that place is compared to what you're used to. And that risk to yourself should include being killed by terrorism or general violence.
"Many people avoid travel based on unfounded fears. ... Decisions shouldn't be based on assumptions and hearsay. Rather, they should be based on facts and the best information available." - Precisely!
If there's a better set of figures out there somewhere so that we can analyse the factual risk rather than relying on hearsay, I'd be keen to see it.
post 13 is just plain incorrect. homicides in any country rarely relate to travel.
Forget the silly numbers debate on this thread. Focus on the now useful number that matters. Today, the US Dollar will buy you more in Europe thanks to Brexit. Every cloud has a silver lining.
This is likely to be a very good year for an American traveller to visit any EU country including the UK. They're gonna get more bang for the buck.