February 27th, 2014 (InsideCostaRica.com) The Central American Institute for Fiscal Studies (ICEFI) has released a study on robbery in Central America, and Costa Rica ranked third, behind only Guatemala and Honduras, based on numbers from the year 2012, the latest available.
The study showed that 15.4% of the Costa Rican population were victims of robbery or burglary in 2012 alone. In Guatemala, the figure was reported as 17.3%, while 16.1% of Hondurans were robbery victims in 2012.
Costa Rica had more robberies than El Salvador (12.5%), Nicaragua (10.7%) and Panama (5.5%) during the same year.
In Central America as a whole, about 13% of the population were victimized in 2012.
Jonathan Menkos, executive director at ICEFI, said even more worrying is the fact that 50% of cases in Costa Rica involved violence.
According to Menkos, lack of economic growth, inequality, stagnation in social mobility, impunity, and easy access to guns and drugs are factors in insecurity.