Given what Venezuela's opposition has proposed so far, there are certainly some significant disagreements with the Chavistas over how to best approach security policy. Still, this is one area where the two sides would do well to collaborate.
A recent report sheds light on the level of control that some Venezuelan gangs wield over their territory, and is also indicative of how some gangs may continue to receive local support in the face of police violence in certain communities.
Venezuela's embattled president is increasing his own security and that of his close associates, digging in as the country faces worsening levels of violence and economic uncertainty.
In a presentation before Congress, Venezuela's Attorney General said that Venezuela registered almost 18,000 homicides last year. While some have disputed this number, the frank discussion of challenges facing the country may mark a shift in tone regarding how the government treats its crime and violence problem.