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Crime in Argentina Spiked in October

November 4th, 2010 | Categoría: Other


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

Di Tella’s study, which surveys households in 40 urban centers around the country, shows that 36% of these homes said at least one household member was a victim of a crime within the past 12 months.

That figure is up from 33.6% the previous month and up from 34.3% a year earlier. In percentage terms, crime is up about 5% from the same month a year ago.

Meanwhile, about 23% of households reporting suffering from some kind of violent theft in October. That’s up from 21% in September and up from about 27% a year ago.

The safest place to be in Argentina, according to the survey, is in scarcely populated towns of less than 100,000 people. The victimization rates in these towns is about 13%. Cities with more than 500,000 residents appear to have the most crime per household, with a victimization rate of about 38%.

If you’re interested in crime, check out this recent post about the murder rate in Buenos Aires.

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EricNo Gravatar says:

what do they mean by “victim of crime”? that is, a mugging is worse, obviously, then getting your car stolen — so are these violent or non-violent crimes or mix of both?

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taosNo Gravatar says:


Very sorry for the delay in replying to this. The victimization rate is for any kind of crime. It could mean that someone stole your wallet, non-violently, while you were not looking.

I’ll try to clarify this a bit in the next post.


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