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Crime Up; Most Violent Crimes Not Reported

October 1st, 2009 | Categoría: Other


Crime Victimization Chart

September wasn’t a particularly good month for crime in Argentina, according to a new study.

Torcuarto Di Tella University’s latest crime “victimization rate” survey indicates that both overall criminal activity and violent crime worsened last month.

Di Tella’s study, which surveys households in 40 urban centers around the country, shows that 32.7% of these homes said at least one household member was a victim of a crime within the past 12 months. That figure is up a bit from 31.6% the previous month and up from 29.3% a year ago.

The study said that victims violent crimes report them to the police only one third of the time, meaning that 2/3 of all violent crimes are never formally reported. That says a lot about society’s lack of trust in the efficacy of police and the judicial system.

The crime that people are most likely to report is auto theft, with a report rate of almost 83%. In contrast, only 24% of victims notify the police if their house has been robbed.

Crime was worst last month in the cities of Cordoba, Mendoza, Rosario and Tucuman, where 35.3% of households reported having a victim. That’s a shift from the previous month, when residents of Greater Buenos Aires reported the highest number of crimes. The victimization rate in the City of Buenos Aires last month was 34.7% while it was 31.9% in Greater Buenos Aires.

Link: Di Tella Victimization Survey

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When I bought a home here, one piece of advice that was repeated among several locals was that if I ever had a robbery at my house that I should not let the police inside, in fact, I shouldn’t even report it, but if I did… don’t let them in.

Most of them said that I would either have stuff missing that same day or they would case it out for a future unannounced visit.

You can imagine that this enlightenment did not sit well with me.

GuillermoNo Gravatar says:

“Most Violent Crimes Not Reported”

What for? Have you heard of “impunity”?

Anonymous says:

well….time for vigilantes….
Remember the movies of Charles Bronson.?
For me…I do carry day and night a scissor with me….
in case someone gets near-
The yugular is a good site, testicles are a good area also.
Its them…or its me…..
If I stay alive after all police will have to deal with human misery

cisco says:

good grief anon, forget charles bronson why don’t you watch ghandi instead

GusNo Gravatar says:


Check out the Texas Castle Law. It works.

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Fernando says:

Guillermo got it right. This is the country of impunity. No way I would let a criminal, I mean, a police, into my house!!

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