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Old Yesterday, 10:21 PM
 
Location: NYntarctica
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Was this because of gang activity or were there some other reason behind this?
I'm not too aware on this issue, but I believe it's because of location. Rosario and Santa Fe are a strategic place for drugs. A lot of drugs that come from Paraguay and Bolivia go through this region, creating a bottleneck for crime before the drugs go to Buenos Aires or westward to Cordoba
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Old Today, 10:08 AM
 
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If someone swipes something from your pocket, yeah that's a crime.
It's a crime. The most common one people in the World face every day, by far.


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Just a different crime from murder or burglary or assault. When it comes to pickpocketing, Honduras or Jamaica may well be safer than Ecuador or Peru, but at least you can walk around in most places in Ecuador or Peru knowing that your body won't be on the news the next day.
at least in Colombia you would have to be extremely unlucky to be killed walking around, or even during an assault. Like 95% of homicides are due to brawls involving alcohol (the majority of them in occur in poor neighborhoods) or drug gangs fighting each other.

robberies are at least 1000 times more frecuent than homicides in pretty much any LatAm country.
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In Peru if a crime happens you can easily go to the police and report it, in Honduras this might be like a death sentence...
according to whom?
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Old Today, 10:50 AM
 
Location: London, UK
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In terms of general safety there isn't much difference between all the countries west of the Andes aside from Chile. Homicide affects a very tiny portion of the population. For example Nevis of St. Kitts & Nevis had 8 homicides last year. This still puts it's rate at nearly 70 per 100,000, that's higher than Honduras.

The main incidence that may most traumatise people is muggings with a weapon - in this scenario I'm not sure there is much difference between Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and even Costa Rica, which has seen a significant rise in crime.

The main anomaly would be the area around Cali, Colombia which is significantly more dangerous, although it is improving year on year.
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Old Today, 11:11 PM
 
Location: NYntarctica
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It's a crime. The most common one people in the World face every day, by far.



at least in Colombia you would have to be extremely unlucky to be killed walking around, or even during an assault. Like 95% of homicides are due to brawls involving alcohol (the majority of them in occur in poor neighborhoods) or drug gangs fighting each other.

robberies are at least 1000 times more frecuent than homicides in pretty much any LatAm country.
according to whom?
I've known people who were from Honduras, and I spent a couple of weeks there. You can see security guards walk around banks with assault rifles and shotguns; the only place in Latin America I have ever seen that. When you want to enter an ATM inside a mall for example, you have to speak with the security guard in front of the doors. A lot of neighborhoods are gated communities. Locals tell you never to walk outside by yourself, instead to always ask the hotel so they can call a taxi for you. There is a sense of insecurity on the street, even if you do not directly see any crime.

Peru or Chile they are not perfect places, but they feel much much much safer. It's annoying having to watch your wallet all the time, but on the other hand you can walk outside in Lima checking messages on your phone knowing that you won't be randomly jumped. There are gated communities in Lima, but they only close the gates at night; during the day you can walk right through them. Peru is kind of a weird place, it feels like if you leave something for a second someone will take it, but you never really feel in physical danger

As for Chile, I felt safer there than even here. Streets are much better lit than in the US and I walked home drunk from the bars many times without anything happening to me. Honestly in Chile everyone walks home at night, something that would be very dangerous in some of the other Latin American countries
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