50081Chanel 7 Report on Crime
- Jan 5, 2007The study was sponsored by the United Nations Development Program and
the gentleman said that there was an "abyss" between the perception
of the probability of being a victim of crime and what the statistics
say: that ticos think they are twice as likely to be the victim of
non-violent crime than what is real and they think that they are nine
times more likely to be the victim of violent crime than the real
situation. He said that he thought that the perception is caused by
overblown reporting techniques and the people's frustration over what
they believe is the government's failure to do more to protect them.
They went on to talk to the Minister of Security who said that talks
are underway to set up a special tax to fund security forces, that
they are currently recruiting and training 1,300 new police officers
this year and that the goal is for 1,000 new officers every year
(didn't say for how long, or at least I didn't catch it). He seemed
to think that the issue of the new special tax would be resolved
within the year (a grain of salt, anyone?).
They compared the amount of money that private citizens had spent in
two years on security to the Ministry's budget for one year and said
that it came to something like 40% of the budget for one year, with
the implication that people were willing to pay to feel safer.
Ahi va mi granito de arena.
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