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Venezuela Launches App to Speed Up Police Response

Venezuela Launches App to Speed Up Police Response

Venezuela has launched a smartphone app that connects users to the nearest police unit in case of emergency, part of the more progressive side of the government's new security strategy.  Read More

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Venezuela is a key transit country for drug shipments going from Colombia to the United States and Europe. The illegal drug trade has traditionally been controlled by foreign organizations, particularly Colombians, attracted by poor rule of law and corruption. However, there is evidence that beginning in the mid-2000s corrupt elements in the security forces stepped up their role in the business, forming a loose network dubbed the “Cartel de los Soles” (Cartel of the Suns).

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  • Venezuela Launches App to Speed Up Police Response

    The Venezuelan smartphone security app

    Venezuela has launched a smartphone app that connects users to the nearest police unit in case of emergency, part of the more progressive side of the government's new security strategy. 

  • Meeting Raises Question: Just What is Citizen Security in Venezuela?

    On September 9 to 10, Venezuela's Attorney General's office organized a conference called "Prevention is Citizen Security." It sought to bring government representatives, academics, police, and community organizers together to discuss prevention "as an indispensable tool to guarantee citizen security."

  • US Singles Out Venezuela, Bolivia for Drug Failures

    The White House says that Venezuela and Bolivia "failed demonstrably" in anti-drug efforts in the last year. But while there are clear signs that these countries are growing drug hubs, diplomatic considerations played a role in singling them out for criticism.

  • 'Venezuela Never Reported Cocaine Haul in Jet Plane'

    Venezuelan authorities never disclosed that another cocaine haul was discovered in a jet plane earlier this year, raising new questions about the amount of drugs being moved through the country's main international airport to destinations abroad.

  • Venezuela Minister Claims Homicides Are Dropping

    According to Venezuela's interior minister, homicides and kidnappings have decreased significantly in 2014. But his refusal to release concrete figures and the Venezuelan government's reputation for manipulating statistics cast doubt on his claims.

  • Venezuela Blames Sinaloa Cartel for Air France Cocaine Shipment

    Officials in Venezuela have claimed that last year's record cocaine seizure from an Air France flight out of Caracas belonged to Mexico's Sinaloa Cartel, in a statement that -- whether accurate or not -- appears designed to deflect attention away from the Venezuelan security forces.

  • Heavily Armed Youth Gangs Terrorize Caracas: Report

    An investigation into violence in neighborhoods in Venezuela's capital Caracas has highlighted how heavily armed and increasingly sophisticated youth gangs are taking advantage of an absent state and terrorizing residents.

  • Report Exposes MO of Venezuela-Colombia Medicine Contraband

    An investigative report by Semana magazine illustrates how contraband medication networks operate in Colombia and Venezuela by taking advantage of differences between healthcare systems, government regulations and pharmaceutical prices in both countries. 

  • Venezuela Perceived As Most Dangerous Country In the World

    Venezuela ranked the lowest in the world for perceptions of security in a recent Gallup poll, while citizens in Ecuador reported feeling considerably safer than four years ago, illustrating changing security perceptions amid constant shifts in the region's criminal landscape.  

  • Mutilated Corpses in Venezuela Point to Migrating Criminal Tactics

    Fourteen dismembered corpses have been found so far this year in Caracas, suggesting that the gruesome tactics of foreign criminal groups -- and possibly the criminals themselves -- have found their way to Venezuela's capital.