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Protecting green gold in Mexico

This article describes a public/private policing arrangement that protects avocado farmers and their valuable crops in Tancitaro, Mexico. Like many others, the municipality created a self-defense group a decade ago in response to murders, kidnappings, and extortion by organized crime. … Continue reading

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Bribes common in Latin America & Caribbean

One in three people throughout Latin America and the Caribbean report paying a bribe for public services in the last year, according to this article, citing Transparency International. The rate was highest in Mexico at 50%. About half of all … Continue reading

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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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Mexico police over-worked, under-staffed

Police officers in Mexico officially log on average 65 hours per week, and actually work even more than that, according to this article. Staffing is uneven — Mexico City has almost 7 officers per 1,000 residents but some violence-plagued regions … Continue reading

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Poppy violence in Mexico

This article reports soaring violence in Guerrero, a major poppy-growing region of Mexico. Drug cartels have splintered, vigilante groups have sprung up, kidnappings and extortion are common, and the government depends on the army for public security. Mexico now supplies over 90% … 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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