The great public safety flop


id42499Six months have passed since the first announcement of the 19th safety plan of the Chavernment: Gran Misión “A Toda Vida Venezuela”. How it has fared so far?

Experts indicate that the number of crimes has not gone down, and that 2012 would end up as the most violent year on record.

Beside murders and kidnappings, one kind of crime that is going up all around the country is motor vehicle theft. A former head of the CICPC’s vehicle division said that this year alone the number of stolen cars could surpass 32.000. Last year was a little more than 26.000. A possible reason behind this increase is the lack of spare parts in the domestic market.

The “sensation of insecurity” is still strong both in Caracas and other places like Barquisimeto. Even some diplomatic missions located here are taking decisive action.

In a related story, Prisons Minister Iris “Fosforito” Varela has admitted there aren’t enough prison guards, asking young men to fill the 10.000 jobs needed. I have a suggestion for her: use the Militia. Apparently, the only time they do any work is when there’s an election.

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  1. I’ve been thinking very, very seriously about aquiring a bulletproof vest to compliment my defenses. Once I thought about it as a curiosity, now im thinking of it as a potential need.

    • Seems like a good idea to me. My cousin used to wear a vest for his night shift at a convenience store every night, picked up for around $400. Get one at least rated to 3A, since they are around the same price now. You can easily wear one every day without anyone noticing.

      • Yes IIIA is the way to go. I usually read a lot about this stuff but more on the entertainment/culture side. I’d never thought that one day it wasn’t about fun facts anymore. But authorities each day seem to be more uncapable of providing any kind of protection of all sorts.

    • My understanding, and someone will correct me if I am wrong, is that when your car is stolen in Venezuela (or parts I am familiar with), its new location may not really be the issue. Nor is the ability of the authorities to find it. Under the appropriate conditions.

    • One of the times my car was stolen, a policeman friend of ours called us to tell us he had heard our license plate over the radio as having been found. When we went to the station to ask, they said it had not. We told our friend and he said, I can’t look into it for you, but you should go and insist because I know it was found. After two weeks of back and forth at the station, it turns out that it was the very chief of police that had been driving our car before returning it.


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