Posts Tagged ‘crime’

5 delinquents, among them one woman, were detained for the violent assault against a homeowner in the barrio of Cerro Norte, Cordoba, Argentina. All 5 lived near their target, and had broken in with the intent to beat and rob the victim at gunpoint with a 9mm pistol. However, the defender grabbed a samurai sword off of his wall and fought back, seriously injuring two of the three thieves who managed to enter his home. Photos of the bloodied thieves went viral on the internet as people cheered for the defender. The politicians, however, are not impressed, and have sent him in for mandatory psychicatric evaluation. For defending himself.

More info can be found here and here.

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BeelzeBob sent me this news video. Robbers are now literally staging roadblocks and mugging people out of their cars, in broad daylight, while the cops watch and do nothing.

As I said a week or so ago when thieves relieved me of my car’s toolbox and sundry items, I was playing with turning a Raspberry Pi computer into a security camera. Well, I succeeded. With help from this link, I was able to get it up and running, and recording, with a cheap $6 webcam.

Now I understand the fascinating power which has intoxicated the US and Britain. It’s a strange sort of power-trip you get knowing that you’ve got everything on record wherever you point the camera, with the capacity to record it all and keep it on hand at nearly zero cost, and it will just sit there like a good robot, recording whenever something moves, without the need for supervision.

A friend of mine relayed a story to me about a neighbor in his building in Montevideo who was going home and was followed into the building by a couple of “pasta base types.” (ie: crack-heads)

Said crack-heads had been hassling him for a while and the harrassment had been escalating.

They followed him up to his apartment and after he was safely inside, they started pounding on the door and demanding money.

Naturally, said neighbor called the police. The police responded by telling him, “Give them 300 pesos and they will go away.”

Let that one simmer.

I been robbed

Posted: February 4, 2013 in Life, Stupidity
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Today I left the BobMobile in the street in front of the apartment building to unload some things I had just bought for the house (namely a fan, because it’s hotter than hell right now). I forgot to lock the doors. In the time it took me to unload, get a cold drink, and relax for a few minutes before I took the car back to the parking compound, some motherfucker stole the toolbox, the jumpstart battery, and the tire inflator from the back hatch storage area. Right outside, right under our windows. Lame.

They must have been staking out the street.

I’m not out much, because the stuff belonged to the guy who sold me the car and he threw it in extra. It’s probably less than $100 worth of stuff. However, it’s still stuff that needs to be replaced, and I am angry and disappointed. I’m playing around now with setting up a Raspberry Pi computer as a security-camera station.

So far this season, more than 5 million dollars worth of cash and jewelry has been stolen from LaBarra alone.

Add to this other waves of “VIP robberies” in which an American family was relieved of a chest containing $40,000 in cash, $20,000 and two Rolex watches taken from Alejandro Bulgheroni, an Argentine oil magnate, $35,000 worth of jewelry taken from a house in LaBarra, €25,000 in cash and $3.5 million worth of jewelry stolen from the summer home of Italian businesswoman Paula Marzotto, the list goes on and on.

Read more about it all here.

Uruguay Set for Record Homicide Rate in 2012

Original article here.

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  • Thursday, 22 November 2012

Uruguay is on course for its most violent year on record, according to a new report, suggesting that organized crime may be increasing its presence in one of Latin America’s historically more peaceful countries.

The Proposal Foundation (Fundacion Propuesta – FP), an organization that monitors security in Uruguay, released figures putting the country on course for a homicide rate of 9.19 per 100,000 in 2012. This marks a jump from 6.27 per 100,000 last year, and means that 2012 will be Uruguay’s most violent year on record, reported EFE.

Nearly half of the 259 homicides so far this year were the result of fights, assaults and robberies, according to the FP, which collects its statistics from press reports of killings throughout the country.

InSight Crime Analysis

While a homicide rate of less than 10 per 100,000 people is still low for the region — neighboring Brazil had a rate of 21 per 100,000 in 2010, for example — the jump of nearly 50 percent in a year is cause for alarm. What’s more, given that the FP collects its statistics from newspaper reports, it is possible that the real figure could be higher.

In January, InSight Crime noted that a spate of gang shootouts and murders in Montevideo pointed to increased organized criminal activity in the country, with officials admitting their concern over rising violence, which they attributed to warring drug gangs.

According to the US State Department, drug traffickers from Colombia, Mexico and Bolivia are increasingly using Uruguay as a transit point for narcotics. Uruguayan officials are also concerned that Brazilian gangs may be using their country as a haven from the attention of Brazilian authorities, and that criminal organizations may even be shifting cocaine production operations to the country.

The US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) recently reopened its office in Uruguay, 18 years after it was closed, underscoring the country’s growing importance in the international narcotics trade.