Venezuela’s growing crime wave makes it possible to predict that 6% of male population aged 15 to 45 will be victims of homicide. So was warned by a criminologist of Universidad de los Andes in an intervention at the National Demographics and Population Scholars’ Symposium celebrated at Universidad Católica Andrés Bello.
He explained that citizens’ willingness to report the crimes they are victim of has decreased for different reasons. In the case of robberies, 7 out of 10 victims decide not to report to the authorities. This pattern repeats itself in other crimes, to the extent that law enforcement bodies are only aware of one third of the total criminality.
He explained that murders are harder to hide. However, he pointed out a few cases in Border States are unknown to the authorities. “There is no government intervention and those cases become black numbers,” he said.
Based on the Ministry of Health’s annual mortality reports, the criminologist said the murder rate for men between 15 and 24 years of age went from 44 cases per 100,000 inhabitants in 1998 to 136 cases per 100,000 inhabitants in 2010. The number also increased for male population aged 25 to 45: from 38 to 92 per 100,000 inhabitants.
He warned that if the trend of the last few years remains, for the 2010-2020 decade there will have been 400,000 homicides in Venezuela. He said homicides and other violent crimes, such as robberies and kidnappings, are generally committed by people of the lowest social stratum against members of the same sectors. “Violence in Venezuela is breaking traditional patterns. It is not a product of inequality, but it certainly emphasizes it,” he explained.
Source: El Nacional