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10 provinces with the highest levels of homicide in the Dominican Republic

The Observatory for Citizen Safety, part of the National Council for Citizen Safety, and published by the Ministry of Interior and Police, has released information on the 10 provinces and municipalities with the highest levels of homicide in the Dominican Republic during 2016.

These are: Montecristi with a homicide rate of 34 murders per 100,000 inhabitants; Bahoruco with 33 per 100,000, and then San Juan de la Maguana with 31. In fourth place is Duarte (San Francisco de Macorís) with 30; National District (Santo Domingo) and La Altagracia (Higuey) with 29 are fifth equal. In seventh place is Dajabón with 26, Santiago with 25, Peravia (Baní) with 24 and El Seibo with 23.

The Observatory has divided the country into three colors. Those in red, that have between 23 and 34 homicides per 100,000 population, those in yellow, between 18 and 23 and finally those in green who have between 0 and 18 murders per 100,000 population.

On average, the country has 25 homicides per 100,000 inhabitants, according to the United Nations’ Office against Crime and Drugs, although data from the country itself maintains the rate is 16 per 100,000.

In the first trimester of 2017 there were 406 homicides in the country that is comparable with last year for the same time period when there were 402.

Looking at the other end of the scale, the safest province is Santiago Rodriguez with a rate of 4 per 100,000, followed by Pedernales with 8, which in fact only had 2 homicides as the population is only 31,587 according to the 2010 Census. Next are Azua with 13, Hermanas Mirabal (Salcedo), Hato Mayor and Samana with 14, Puerto Plata with a rate of 15 per 100,000 inhabitants and La Vega and San Jose de Ocoa with 17 each.

Source: DR1, DiarioLibre

July 4, 2017

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