Between November 2011 and February 2012, the statistics in Punta Carretas, Montevideo, are shocking:
- 39% of the population were victims of theft or assault at least once during that 4-month period. That is 2 out of every 5 people.
- 72% of the robberies were non-violent, meaning that 28% (greater than 1 in 4) of the robberies were violent. Violent robberies account for 38% in the rest of Montevideo.
- Therefore, 11% of the population of Punta Carretas, greater than 1 in 10, was violently robbed in that 4-month time period.
- 40% of total annual crime occurs in this 4-month period.
- According to survey, 50% of the people feel that their experiences with the police, post-incident, were negative.
- In 35% of the cases, the police took longer than 16 minutes to respond or never showed up at all.
- Of all the cases, 11% result in arrest, and only 9% go to judicial proceedings.
- Survey shows that 60% of people do not feel safe in their own neighborhood.
- 65% surveyed call for greater police presence.
And, to twist the knife…
- It is estimated that 60% of robberies and assaults go unreported.
Source: El Pais, thanks to SwingDanceBob.