Torcuarto Di Tella University’s latest crime “victimization rate” survey indicates that overall criminal activity in Argentina was unchanged in April from the same month a year ago.
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 was published Tuesday and polled 1,206 households, 33.2% of the homes said at least one member of the household had been the victim of crime.
That rate is unchanged from a year earlier but up from 29.6% the previous month.
Violent crime accounted for about 60% of the crimes experienced by household members. That is to say, for every 100 homes surveyed, 22 reported experiencing violent crime.
This figure was up from the previous month (March), when it totaled 18. It was also up a tad from a year ago, when it was 21.
Di Tella’s study surveys households in 40 urban centers around the country. The survey was conducted from April 1-12.
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 21%.
Cities with more than 500,000 residents appear to have the most crime per household, with a victimization rate of about 35%.
In general, the safest place in Argentina is the interior provinces while the most dangerous is Buenos Aires province.
Opinion polls have shown that crime is the top concern among Argentines, surpassing inflation and worries about the economy.