Ecuador Crime: Govt reports general incidents of crime numbers down in 2016

Posted on December 21, 2016 • Filed under: Crime, Ecuador, Ecuador Emergency The indicators published by the Coordinating Ministry of Security reflect that in the last year the crimes of greater social connotation in the country tend to fall. The theft of economic units – local commercial – was reduced from 6,357 cases registered between January and October 2015, to 5,228 cases produced in the same period of 2016, according to the report of the Coordinating Ministry of Security. The robbery for people falls from 29,004 to 24,775; The theft of auto parts and accessories of vehicles, from 12,401 to 9,659; At-home robbery, from 15,983 to 13,492; Theft of cars, from 4,885 to 4,307 cases. According to the report of the Ministry of the Interior, homicides have dropped from 893 to 796. The National Transit Agency (ANT) indicates that, according to the data obtained until November 12, deaths due to traffic accidents have been reduced from 1,754 in 2015 to 1,607 this year.


César Navas, coordinating minister of security, indicates that in 2006 the murder rate was 19 per 100,000 people, in December 2015, a rate of 6.4 was registered and this year it is intended to close with 5 cases for each 100,000 inhabitants, making Ecuador one of the safest countries in the region. Studies of specialized agencies locate Quito, Cuenca and Ambato among the safest cities in the region. Navas indicates that the decrease in the number of crimes is a result of public policy, which has improved the infrastructure and operational capacity of the Police and Armed Forces, the Integrated Security System, among other aspects. For this reason, the statistics of the security sector are constantly monitored and more than 25 indicators are evaluated every month, of which the nine of greatest psychosocial impact are rescued. The intervention of the National Government seeks to guarantee citizen security and combat homicides and murders, but also crimes, such as smuggling, drug trafficking, and organized crime. Read Article

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