309 kidnappings involving 341 victims were reported between January 1 and October 31 of 2013 at the different subdivisions of the Scientific, Penal and Criminal Investigations Corps (CICPC) throughout the country, for an average of one case per day.
Most reports occurred in the Capital District, 113, equivalent to 33% of all cases. Miranda was second with 71 kidnappings reported, that is 22.9% of all cases.
Although these numbers do not include kidnappings reported before the National Guard’s National Anti-extortion and Kidnapping Commando (CONAS), the cases received by CICPC in 2013 could be smaller than the year 2012, when they registered at least 562 kidnaping reports.
However, it is important to know not all cases are reported to the authorities.
According to the scientific police’s statistics, of the 341 people kidnapped in Venezuela between January and October, five remained captive and 17 passed away while kidnapped. So far this year, the states of Amazonas, Delta Amacuro, Trujillo and Vargas are the only ones where there haven’t been any kidnapping reports.