Latin-American and Caribbean crime rates raise concerns

crime-scene-pistolaViolence is the main concern in Latin America and the Caribbean, where 30% of the world’s homicides take place, said Rodrigo Serrano-Berthet, World Bank Citizen Safety Coordinator for the region.

The official highlighted that although the population of Latin America and the Caribbean represents only 9% of the planet’s inhabitants, the region registers over 30% of the world’s homicides.

“Seven out of the ten nations with the world’s highest violence rates are in Latin America; and out of the 50 cities with the highest homicide rates, 42 are in the region, including the first 16”, said Serrano-Berthet.

According to data from the World Health Organization, the nation with the largest number of homicides in 2013 was Honduras with a murder rate of 91 per 100,000 inhabitants, followed by El Salvador with 69 homicides, Ivory Coast with 56, Jamaica with 52 and Venezuela with 45 homicides per 100,000 inhabitants.

By city, San Pedro Sula (Honduras) is first on the list, followed by Acapulco (Mexico) and Caracas (Venezuela).

Source: EFE

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