Ecuador: Homicide rate drops last three years to 10.8 per 100,000

Posted on January 28, 2014 • Filed under: Crime, Ecuador reported that according to the Ministry of the Interior, Ecuador fell in the past three years 8 points the homicide rate per 100,000 inhabitants. In 2010 was 18.2 and last year stood at 10.8. The Government described as “historic” the reduction what were the strategies that have been adopted to reduce violence? Daniel Pontón, Professor at the Latin American Faculty of social sciences points out that the Plan of the most wanted, the preventive policy of ECU 911 or the provision of patrol and Community police units have been instruments that impacted on this descent. The expert considers that from 2011, with judicial reform, there was “greater efficiency” to clarify the offence and – precise – now there is more coordination between police, prosecutors and justice. “The punitive management generate reduction on certain crimes, as murder”.


In fact, data from the UNDP mentioned that there is “overwhelming support for the adoption of tougher punitive measures against crime” in Latin America. According to the FAO study, the population considers tougher punishments are the best way to fight against criminal groups. For Ricardo Camacho, an expert in security, lowering is “surprising”, but considered that the country should operate an academic oversight that validates that information. “Based on that you can discuss the issues and implement security projects”. Read Article

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