Colombia’s capital Bogota noticed public safety plummet in 2022 primarily as a result of a pointy improve in armed robberies, municipal statistics point out.
In accordance with Bogota’s Safety Secretary, armed robberies went up greater than 26% in 2022 in comparison with the yr earlier than.
In complete, police acquired 137,361 experiences of armed robberies final yr, the very best quantity since 2006.
Avenue robberies have been significantly a difficulty in Bogota’s metropolis heart of Colombia’s capital, the place some localities reported a theft price of virtually 8,000 per 100,000 inhabitants.
The identical space additionally reported the very best murder price, in response to the municipal database.
To be able to fight the deteriorating safety state of affairs, Bogota Mayor Claudia Lopez final week introduced the creation of seven particular police models “to ship a safer Bogota on the finish of the yr.”
One of many police models will search to enhance safety in and across the metropolis’s Transmilenio mass transit system, which apparently has turn out to be a goal of criminals.
One other unit will search to enhance safety within the metropolis heart whereas a 3rd will concentrate on offering extra safety at night time, significantly over the weekend.
Crime and security in Bogota
Lopez additionally introduced the creation of a police unit that may focus solely on home and gender violence, which additionally soared.
In accordance with the municipal database, Bogota authorities acquired greater than 45 thousand experiences of home violence in 2022, a 24.5% improve in comparison with the yr earlier than.
Reviews of sexual violence went up 20.7% from 6,206 in 2021 to 7,489 final yr.
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Paradoxically, Lopez was awarded a “Good Practices in Safety and data” prize from the a Chilean group that seeks to “acknowledge and help initiatives for the prevention of crime and violence” in Latin America, Bogota public tv station Canal Capital reported on Friday.
Lopez reportedly was awarded the prize for the implementation of the “Unified Crime Stock,” which allowed authorities to dismantle 586 gangs by the arrest of two,369 individuals between August 2021 and December final yr, in response to the native propaganda community.
The Safety Secretary’s information evaluation device instructed that the mass incarceration of residents could have a destructive impact on public safety, nevertheless.