September 2nd, 2013 (InsideCostaRica.com) So far this year, half of all robberies involved a firearm and occurred in San José, according to numbers released by the Judicial Investigation Organization (OIJ).
Between January 1st and August 27th, the OIJ received 4,105 reports of assaults, of which 78.5% occurred against pedestrians – half of which were on the city streets of San José. In half of all reports, the suspect used a firearm to demand the victims’ valuables.
On average, assailants attack 13 people every day in San José, representing a 20% increase compared to the same period last year.
Some 17% of assaults occur on Fridays between 6 p.m. and 10 p.m.
Assailants are particularly fond of robbing victims of cellular phones, accounting for 24% of items taken during assaults.