Homicides

Caribbean Has 'Violence Problem,' Not 'Crime Problem': Report

Caribbean Has 'Violence Problem,' Not 'Crime Problem': Report

The Caribbean region has a "uniquely high level of violent crime," according to a new report that offers a rare insight into the root causes of criminal activity in the...

Tools and Data

 

More Homicides News

  • Caribbean Has 'Violence Problem,' Not 'Crime Problem': Report

    One in three Caribbean residents has lost someone close to them to violence

    The Caribbean region has a "uniquely high level of violent crime," according to a new report that offers a rare insight into the root causes of criminal activity in the region, with the aim of helping to build more strategic security policies.

  • More Money, More Problems? Mexico Security Spending Jumps Amid Rising Violence

    Mexico President Enrique Peña Nieto speaks to members of the armed forces

    Mexico's federal government reportedly spent 23 times more on public and national security than last year's budget allowed, but there is no public information on where any of that money is going -- or what kind of impact it's having on rising levels of crime and violence.

  • Weekly InSight: Special Investigation of Homicides in Guatemala

    Police forces in Guatemala

    In our May 4 Facebook Live session, Co-director Steven Dudley spoke with Senior Edior Mike LaSusa about InSight Crime's most recent special investigation on homicides in Guatemala. Dudley summarized the results of the investigation in a blog post for InSight Crime's partner, the Center for Latin American and Latino Studies at American University. That blog post is reproduced below, along with the full video of our Facebook Live discussion. 

  • Mapping of Colombia Homicide Data Reflects Regional Dynamics

    Urban violence in Colombia is highly concentrated

    A new report by a leading Colombian think tank maps the concentration of homicides in the country's largest cities, highlighting the importance of urban areas in violence reduction strategies, both in Colombia and across Latin America. 

  • Security Concerns Remain Despite Drop in Homicides in Honduras

    Homicides in Honduras have dropped considerably since peaking in 2011.

    Authorities in Honduras say that their fight against organized crime is responsible for the country's plateauing homicide rate, highlighting the complex interaction between hard-line security policies and levels of violence.*

  • What's Behind the Violence in Ecatepec, Mexico City's Sprawling Suburb?

    Ecatepec, a suburb of Mexico City, has seen rise in violence

    The Mexican government's recently released list of cities with the highest number of murders under President Enrique Peña Nieto's tenure includes one surprise entry: Ecatepec, the sprawling Mexico City suburb not known as a center of organized crime.

  • Homicides in Guatemala: Conclusions and Recommendations

    Olfato. It is a term used quite often in law enforcement and judicial circles in Central America (and other parts of the world as well). It refers to the sixth sense they have as they see a crime scene, investigate a murder or plow through the paperwork related to one. There is nothing scientific about olfato, yet it seems as if that is the guiding measure as it relates to determining this crucial question: What is behind the steady stream of homicides in Central America, or in this case, Guatemala?

  • Homicides in Guatemala: Collecting the Data

    When someone is murdered in Guatemala, police, forensic doctors and government prosecutors start making their way to the crime scene and a creaky, antiquated 20th century bureaucratic machine kicks into gear. Calls are made. Forms are filled out by hand, or typed into computers, or both. Some of these forms go into paper files. Others go into computer files. Some of them are summarized and sent to headquarters. Others remain at precinct or even sub-precinct level. As will become evident, much of it is quickly buried amidst a pile of papers that will literally fade with time, or within a computer file, which will most likely be erased or lost by the next person who has that job.

  • Homicides in Guatemala: Analyzing the Data

    In the last decade, homicides in Guatemala have obeyed a fairly steady pattern. Guatemala City and some of its surrounding municipalities have the greatest sheer number of homicides. Other states, particularly along the eastern border have the highest homicide rates. Among these are the departments of Escuintla, Zacapa, and Chiquimula. The northern department of Petén, which encompasses nearly a third of the country's land mass, also routinely has some of the highest homicide rates.[1]

  • Homicides in Guatemala: Introduction, Methodology, and Major Findings

    When violence surged in early 2015 in Guatemala, then-President Otto Pérez Molina knew how to handle the situation: Blame the street gangs.