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.