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Surprised? Study says Costa Rica is the safest country in Latin America

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March 21st, 2013 ( 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. 

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  • Dave Allen

    Would be nice to know what the top safest Latin American countries are, after Costa Rica.

  • Daniela Rosaura

    This is difficult to believe. Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador are not even mentioned. And even if the thing about reduced crime rate is true, it won’t be for long, what with 700,000 persons here between the ages of 15 and 24 are desperately looking for a job, but lack formal education, a solid work history, and have no marketable skills. Those without family to provide for them have only the shady side as an alternative.With these kinds of unemployment rates a soaring crime rate is the inevitable result.

    • georgechapogas

      there is not, nor has there ever been a study that shows poverty as a cause of crime. indeed, the reverse is more likely true. rather an insult to every honest poor person.

  • Chili Tabasco

    We certainly are not safe from the economic abuse being wielded by those that have set the exchange rate at 492

    • Marcel M. Pfister

      Exchange rates are not “set”. Not even in Costa Rica. We have a bandwith which is being monitored by the Central Bank of Costa Rica. Panama has a set rate, pegging the Balboa to the US dollar – one to one.

  • Marcel M. Pfister

    I am not the least surprised. With the possible exception of Panama, Costa Rica is certainly the safest country in Central America. Mexican crime figures have gone through the roof, thanks to the demand generated by drug users and abusers in the United States of America.

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