Tag Archives: Venezuela

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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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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Crisis in Caracas

This article profiles conditions in Caracas, Venezuela, once known as the Paris of South America, but now called the world’s most dangerous city. With over 3,000 murders last year, the police and military are reportedly overwhelmed. Ordinary families can barely afford … Continue reading

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Department of Bribery

The Brazilian company Odebrecht had a “Department of Bribery” that paid almost $800 million in bribes over a 15-year period in order to win at least $3.5 billion worth of contracts in 12 countries in South America, Central America, and … 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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Murders unsolved in Trinidad & Tobago

This article reports an increase in homicides and firearms trafficking in Trinidad & Tobago amid concern that instability in nearby Venezuela will spill over. Police solved less than 14% of the country’s 420 reported murders last year.

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Organized crime in Venezuela

Insight Crime provides a two-part series on the history and current status of organized crime in Venezuela here and here.

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