Dominican Republic fifth on unsafe countries list
An international survey ranks Latin America tops for citizen insecurity, with Venezuela in the number one slot as the least safe country in the world. This represents a challenge for the region despite the progress made in other areas, according to experts.
After Venezuela, the countries whose citizens said they felt most unsafe were Bolivia, Peru, Paraguay and the Dominican Republic, despite an improvement in the public perception of security in 2013 in Bolivia and the Dominican Republic compared to 2009.
The Gallup study found that Latin American countries were among the world’s most dangerous, more than African nations and Russia, despite a slight improvement in the past five years, said the president of the InterAmerican Dialogue study center Michael Shifter.
The Gallup citizen safety index takes into account trust in the local police, public perception of citizen safety and registered incidents of robbery.
Eight out of ten countries with the highest homicide rates are in Latin America or the Caribbean, representing 36% of violent deaths worldwide in 2012, according to the report. This could be caused by “the systematic increase in organized crime in the region”, says the study.
The drug trafficking and organized crime that persists in the region, combined with corruption and an unstable institutional system, contribute to worsening the situation, said Shifter.
The least dangerous Latin American countries are: Nicaragua, followed by Panama, Chile, Ecuador and Uruguay. All have registered sharp changes over the past few years, especially Ecuador.
The Gallup survey was based on telephone and face-to-face interviews between 2009 and 2013 with approximately 1000 adults over the age of 15 in each country, with a margin of error of between 2.1 and 5.6 percentage point and a confidence level of 95%.
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