Category Archives: South America

529 app reducing bike thefts

This article reports that a bike registration app adopted by police in Vancouver, Canada has become wildly popular for preventing thefts and increasing recoveries. The app, Project 529, has helped reduce Vancouver bicycle thefts by about 1/3 in two years … Continue reading

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Maintaining reforms in Guatemala

This article provides a detailed analysis of the situation in Guatemala, where the government is threatening to end its participation in the internationally-sponsored Commission Against Impunity (CICIG), saying it interferes with the country’s sovereignty, while critics say that elites and … Continue reading

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Creative drug smuggling

This article briefly describes 5 adaptive methods currently being used to smuggle drugs in Latin America: narco-ambulances, “mules” riding buses and bicycles (instead of commercial aircraft), camouflaging drugs, chemically masking drugs, and drones. This article reports a record level of … Continue reading

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Global gun deaths

This article summarizes a study of global gun deaths recently published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. World-wide, gun deaths average about 250,000 per year — 64% homicide, 27% suicide, 9% accident. The global average rate, 4 per … Continue reading

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More due process, less murder

This article summarizes a cross-national study of 89 countries that found two factors associated with having a lower murder rate — fewer young males and more due process of law. Having the death penalty or being more democratic had little … Continue reading

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Businesses aid crime prevention in Mexico

This article reports initiatives taken up by businesses in Chihuahua, Mexico since 2010 to help address extreme levels of violence and crime. Based on previous success in Colombia, local business leaders lobbied for increased taxes on their profits in order … Continue reading

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Drug trafficking via Spain

This article details shifts in the trafficking of drugs from Latin America to Europe and discusses investigative cooperation between the U.S. and Spain. Smuggling from Colombia and Venezuela through Caribbean countries, especially the Dominican Republic, has increased in recent years … Continue reading

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