Torcuarto Di Tella University’s latest crime “victimization rate” survey indicates that overall criminal activity fell last month.
The victimization rate refers to the percentage of households which reported that at least one person in that home has been the victim of crime within the past year.
This could be any kind of crime, reported or not to the police.
According to the latest survey, which polled 1,193 households, 28.7% of the homes said at least one member of the household had been the victim of crime.
That rate is down about two percentage points from the previous month and down eight from a year earlier.
Violent crime accounted for about 64% of the crimes experienced by household members. That is to say, for every 100 homes surveyed, 21 reported experiencing violent crime.
This figure rose last month from the previous month (November), when it totaled 18. It is also up slightly from a year ago, when it was 20.
Di Tella’s study surveys households in 40 urban centers around the country. The survey was conducted from December 2-13.
The safest place to be in Argentina, according to the survey, is in scarcely populated towns of less than 10,000 people. The victimization rates in these towns is about 20%.
Cities with more than 500,000 residents appear to have the most crime per household, with a victimization rate of about 30%.
Di Tella also released the results of a separate survey about crime and how people have changed their behavior because of it.
Around 74% of people polled said they have stopped traveling to certain areas because of concern about crime. (The survey didn’t provide any details about these specific areas.)
It also revealed that 65% had installed alarms or security bars in their homes. Another 46% said they had or had obtained a guard dog.
Some 10% said they owned a firearm.
Numerous opinion polls have shown that crime is the top concern among Argentines, surpassing inflation and worries about the economy.
If you’re interested in crime, check out this post about the murder rate in Buenos Aires.