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.