March 21st, 2013 (InsideCostaRica.com) Costa Rica is the safest country in Latin America, according to a study published yesterday by publisher-analyst, Latinvex.
The study positions Venezuela and Haiti as being the most violent countries in the region. Venezuela has seen a constant increase in its homicide rate, still the highest in Latin America after Honduras.
The ranking of 19 countries is based on data from public security departments, local police, governments, NGOs, and institutions responsible for crime investigation.
Mario Zamora, Costa Rica’s Minister of Public Security said that the data matches the fact that authorities here have seen a decrease in reported crimes in recent times.
Meanwhile, Minister of Communication, Francisco Chacon said that the government is fulfilling its promise of citizen security.
The report notes that Latin America is still considered an unsafe region, scoring 3.6 on a scale of 1 to 5, where 1 represents the safest regions and 5 the most dangerous.
Editor’s note: This story has had the following CORRECTION: The original story said that the source of the study was InfoLatAm. The actual publisher of the study is Latinvex.