December 18, 2014
Compared to the other latin american countriesFriday, August 22, 2014
Argentina ranks 8th in crime survey
Argentina has been ranked eighth in Latin America and the Caribbean in a new Gallup survey about the perception of crime, in what is known as the Law and Order index, with the region cited as the worst-hit region globally by crime and distrust in police services.
Venezuela ranked worst in the world, with a score of 41 out of 100, compared to 56 for Argentina. Argentina is ranked below hotspots such as El Salvador, Nicaragua and Guatemala and is only slightly worse than Honduras. These countries have very high homicide rates as a result of drug trafficking and extensive gang activity.
Argentina’s immediate neighbours Brazil, Paraguay and Bolivia all ranked worse than the country in terms of security for its citizens, with the exceptions of Chile and Uruguay. The Dominican Republic, Peru and Honduras also have worse indicators.
Argentina’s 2013 score was three points better than its 2009 result but nonetheless is still far from the regional leader Nicaragua with 56 points. As such, the top three for the ranking — Nicaragua, Panama and Chile — all showed sizeable increases since the last survey of between seven to nine points. Ecuador exhibited the biggest jump since 2009, improving by 14 points to 63.
The Americas as a whole are now considered to have worse law and order figures than Africa according to Gallup.
The “safest” region according to the survey, which is based on three measures for the confidence in local police, feelings of personal safety, and self-reported incidence of theft, is South-East Asia, which scored an 80 out of 100.
Herald with DyN