Crime rate down 20% in quadrants protected by PNB in Petare

petareThe National Bolivarian Police Department (PNB) is in charge of four quadrants within the Petare parish, where they have managed to reduce the crime rate by 20%, with a “significant reduction of 48%” specifically in homicides, said the director of PNB.

Non-fire-weapon injuries were reduced by 46%, theft is down 17%, robbery is down 31% and motorcycle theft has decreased 85%. Motorcycles are the most popular vehicles among Petare residents. This proves the methodology applied by Smart Patrolling with the framework of the Safe Homeland Plan generates reliable and palpable results in the community.

He added that police presence is notable, generating trust among residents towards the officers, thus improving communication.

Source: Noticias24

Venezuela is the only South American country in which the homicide rate has increased

homicidios en suramericaIn South America, while countries such as Uruguay, Argentina and Chile have maintained homicide levels as low as Europe’s, Colombia (30.8), Venezuela (53.7) and Brazil (25.2) are still under the looking glass.

The case of Venezuela is the most interesting for the United Nations, as it is the only country in South America which the murder rate has been increasing over the past few years.

While in 60 years Colombia had its peak murder rates between 1991 and 1993 recording 90 homicides per 100,000 inhabitants, these numbers have been decreasing since 2001. Venezuela’s case is different, as it matched Colombia’s murder rate in 2005 and today reports a much higher number.

The comparison between Colombia and Venezuela can also be made for their capital cities. While Bogota, home to 8 million people, has a current murder rate of 17 cases per 100,000 inhabitants, Caracas, with 2 million residents has a homicide rate of 122.

Source: El Tiempo

Nearly half a million people worldwide were murdered in 2012

unodc-logoNearly half a million people worldwide, mostly men, were murdered in 2012, according to a study released by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).

In its “Global study on homicide 2013″, presented this year in London, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) revealed that out of the 437,000 people who lost their lives in that year, 80% were men, as well as 95% of the crimes’ perpetrators.

Of the total deaths, 15% (63,000) were due to domestic violence, being in that case 70% (43,600) of the victims women.

Over half the world’s intentional homicide victims were under 30 and 8% were children under 15 (36,000), says the UNODC, indicating that most deaths took place in the Americas and Africa, where nearly 750 million people live.

Specifically, the world’s most violent zones are Central America and the South of Africa, where the murder rates are 26 and 30 per 100,000 inhabitants, respectively, compared to a global average of 6.2 per 100,000 inhabitants.

With murder numbers five times lower than the global average, the world’s least violent places in 2012 were East Asia and South and Western Europe, while North and East Africa show a worrying rising trend due to the increasing social instability.

Organized crime and gang-related murders amounted for 30% of America’s violent deaths, compared to 1% in Asia, Europe and Oceania.

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Source: El Nacional

Up to 20 robberies per month reported in Avila Mountain

el avilaThis natural space has become not only a murder scene but also a scene for armed robbery, theft and even rape, causing some people to stop visiting it for security reasons. The lack of surveillance in the Avila National Park’s surroundings is the main cause for this crime wave.

According to the director of the NGO Una Montaña de Gente [A Mountain of People], devoted to defending human and environmental rights, they receive about 20 reports of theft and robbery at La Julia Cachimbo, Galindo, Sabas Nieves, Sebucan and Quebrada Chacaito each month.

At El Camino de Los Españoles, next to Plan de Manzano, motorized groups have hikers terrorized. Some areas of the sector are used to chop vehicles.

She said there should be 20 park rangers in the park’s south slope, but there’s been a big staff turnover in the last few months. She also talked about the need for the place to be guarded by at least 90 National Guard officers. In most access points, surveillance is available up to a certain time and sometimes it’s inexistent.

Source: El Universal

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

Crime wave affecting four stretches of Regional del Centro Freeway

arc_autopista_ifeThe sectors of Paracotos, Lomas de Niquel, Vinicio Adames Park and Tazon’s wide gauge on the Regional del Centro Freeway (ARC) are preferred places of operation for road piracy gangs, according to reports submitted before National Guard Detachment 56, in charge of guarding this road between Km 0 and Km 55.

Sources from this organization revealed that the points where they frequently attack were km 8, 37, 41, 50 and 55. At least one robbery is reported each day.

They use various modi operandi, but the most common one is throwing rocks at windshields. They also rob people in public buses and cargo drivers who stop in resting areas.

Cargo drivers have opted to travel in packs to protect themselves from these criminals. They sometimes travel in groups of up to three trucks from a single company and meet at the ARC with up to 30 from other distributors and states.

Source: UN

2013: new record for violence in Venezuela

homicidioescenaAccording to the latest report by the Venezuelan Observatory of Violence, the 24,763 murders registered in 2013 represent the nation’s all-time high. This translates into a murder rate of 79 per 100,000 inhabitants, the world’s second highest, only behind Honduras (85/100,000 inhabitants). The national average during last year was 68 murders per day, one every 21 minutes.

The study carried out by OVV with the participation of 7 universities indicates murder is today the cause of 12% of the nation’s deaths. The vast majority of victims are still males from poor sectors and in economically productive ages. A man in Venezuela is now 16.5 times more prone to being a murder victim than a woman.

OVV assures crime has a more significant increase in mid-sized and small cities last year, although Caracas was once again the city with the highest criminal incidence. Numbers published by the media indicate that more than 5,800 corpses were registered at the Bello Monte morgue during 2013, a new all-time record. During this period, 99 law enforcement officers were killed. The average number of violent deaths reported in 2013 reached 16 per day.

To compare with other realities, it is known that New York City, with an approximate population of 8.5 million people, closed 2013 with a total of 333 homicides, the lowest of the last 50 years. In contrast, unofficial numbers indicate that, only in December, there were 565 violent deaths reported in Caracas.

OVV’s numbers are conservative, as this study considered only a moderate part of the total number of victims under the categories of “death investigations” and “resisting authority.” The NGO also states that if most Venezuelans hadn’t abstained from carrying out certain activities, restricting places and locations (with the subsequent loss of personal freedom), crime numbers would have been worse in 2013.

Source: El Universal