Torcuarto Di Tella University’s latest crime “victimization rate” survey indicates that overall criminal activity in Argentina rose in April from the same month a year ago. The victimization rate refers to the percentage of households in which at least one person 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 survey, which polled 1,215 households, just over 37% of the homes had at least one household member who had been the victim of crime. That puts the crime rate up from about 34% the same month a year ago and around 33% two years ago.
Accordingly, crime has become more frequent over the past two years.
But there is a bit of a silver lining to the gloomy data. The percentage of households in which at least one person was the victim of violent crime was 22%, unchanged from the same month over the past two years. So while crime appears to be up, the frequency of violent crime is unchanged.
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 24%. Cities with more than 500,000 residents appear to have the most crime per household, with a victimization rate of almost 38%.
In general, the safest place in Argentina is the City of Buenos Aires, where the household victimization rate is about 32%. It is followed by Greater Buenos Aires, where the rate is around 35% and the interior of the country where it is almost 41%.