According to a renowned Venezuelan criminal lawyer, Venezuela is among the world’s first 10 countries with most kidnappings. He said there are 6 to 8 kidnappings each day in national territory and only 30% are reported, so 70% belong to the so-called “black numbers”.
In his opinion, there is a “serious deficit” of human resources to fight crime which should be reinforced, and the lack of criminal investigators reaches 300%, 90% for public prosecutors and 70% for judges.
For the expert, impunity can be reduced and the State’s main plans should be aimed at criminal investigation and crime prevention, and dismantling gangs and criminal organizations. “We must suppress the idea that it’s easy to commit crimes in Venezuela,” adding that it all starts by recovering people’s intention to report to the authorities.
We must recover public spaces because “residents don’t even want to leave their homes anymore”, he said. He indicated that 70% of kidnapping cases occur while victims are driving their vehicles, so he suggested driving around the block once or twice before entering your home.