Chart of the week


The Economist, citing a UNDP report, on how rising crime rates have eaten into life expectancy. (HT: AP)

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  1. Very interesting in the report is that robberies are actually very low in Venezuela according to the official stats.

    This could be twofold, lots of robberies go unreported and the number is a lot higher. Or, that Venezuela’s issues have to do a lot more with violence than just crime.

    • As you suggest and from what I have seen Venezuelans don’t talk to the police when they are robbed or assaulted in the street. It could only just create more problems. I haven’t seen any stats on sexual assault but I bet the same applies.

      • I think that the only reliable ones are car thefts, because it is necessary to report the theft for the insurance claim and to waive responsibility in case that the car is used to commit a crime. Otherwise, I think that the numbers on robberies and successful express kidnappings is pretty low. Once, someone broke in into my mother’s apartment, when we went to denounce it before the CICPC, they literally laughed at us.

    • Most robberies ARE unreported. I know someone who’s house was invaded at night. He and his wife were tied up while the robbers ransacked his home. The next morning, he went to the police station to report it. One of the first policemen he saw upon arrival was one of the robbers. He turned around and left without reporting it.

    • The funny thing is that “robberies reported” is much better as a measure of trust in the police than as a measure of criminality.

      Holland and Denmark some of the highest levels of property crimes reported to the police in the world, because it wouldn’t occur to a Dutch or a Dane person not to report it to the police that their car stereo got stolen. A while back I read a hysterical column on Aporrea arguing that those statistics proved that capitalist societies were much more violent than Venezuela, and the media was covering it up.

  2. BTW, in 1990 in the middle of an economic crisis, right in the aftermath of the Caracazo, our murder numbers, although no good, we not the worst in the continent.

  3. I was robbed in my house at gun point some years ago and the police never showed up.
    They did want to know how much was stolen.
    For future reference I guess.

  4. This December and I got robbed close to CC Lider, they took my cell phone and my wallet. When I was going to report it the officer told me “mira, estamos cortos de gente ahorita por la navidad. Tu ves esa gente ahi??? Ellos vienen porque les secuestraron a su papa y aquellos alla les mataron a su hermano. Te vas a tener que esperar como 3 horas a que te atiendan si no lllega nadie mas. Dale gracias a dios que no te hicieron nada, saliste barato”
    When I described the situation I got a “bien pnedejo tu que tenias el cellular afuera, estabas pagando y no te pelaron. Donde crees que vives? En Mayami?” Yes, that was a CICPC officer

    • I was stopped by police for stopping at a red light after dark:
      “What were you doing stopped there?”
      “Uh, red light?”
      “Are you nuts? Do you want to get mugged? If no cars are coming, just go!”


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