The issue of violence in Venezuela has become increasingly acute over the last few years, and is out of control by many factors, including shortage of equipment, weaponry and preparation by police forces, a poor penitentiary system, shortage of judicial power clerks and a lack of awareness by the civil society.
Our society cannot maintain the same habits they kept 15 years ago when crime rates were different. There are no magic recipes to solve the crime issue, and we need to look at how other Latin American countries have been able to reduce crime indexes and cater to social factors such as education, basic services, health, involving the civil society as a whole
In Colombia, for instance, people are proud of their National Police, as they worked on officers’ self-esteem and implemented campaigns to raise their images, and Ecuador implemented joint-police operations to attack crime.
We need to minimize the opportunities for criminals: young people shouldn’t be in the street late at night, and shouldn’t post personal information on social networks, for instance. Crime has evolved, so penalties should be reviewed.