Tag Archives: El Salvador

Fear of crime in Central America

Between 1/3 and 1/2 of residents of six Central American countries say that fear of crime, including fear of being murdered, affects their daily lives, according to this article. Crime avoidance behaviors interfere with employment and education opportunities and are … Continue reading

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Best and worst in Latin America

This column from Insight Crime rates police in Latin American countries on public trust and perception of involvement in crime based on data collected in 2012. Police in Chile and Panama rate best, Honduras worst. Nicaragua’s situation is unusual, with … Continue reading

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POP in Latin America

This article argues for more problem-oriented policing (POP) focused on hot spots and chronic offenders to tackle elevated levels of violent crime in Central and South¬†America. It provides numerous examples of how violence¬†is concentrated in a small number of very … Continue reading

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2016 homicide rates in Latin America

The homicide rate in El Salvador dropped about 20% from 2015 to 2016, but at 81.2 murders per 100,000 residents it was still the highest in Latin America and the Caribbean, according to this report. Venezuela had the second worst … Continue reading

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Ups & downs of MS13

Insight Crime has published a 3-part series on the recent evolution of the US/Salvadoran gang MS13. Part 1 describes how the gang struck up a partnership with Mexican cartels in 2011, Part 2 traces the gang’s effort to combine its … Continue reading

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Tackling violence in El Salvador

This article reviews efforts used over recent years to try to reduce violence in El Salvador, described as the most violent peacetime nation in the world. The country has vacillated between crackdowns, military measures, and gang truces without much sustained … Continue reading

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Violence reduction in Central America

This article discusses evidence-based options for reducing community violence in El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras. It raises the question of whether initiatives found to be effective in the U.S. will be equally successful in a different social, economic, and criminal … Continue reading

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