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.
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.Caracas Chronicles is 100% reader-supported. Support independent Venezuelan journalism by making a donation.