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San Miguelito District of Panama - The Third Most Dangerous Country in Latin America

Crime & PunishmentThe countries that form the so-called Northern Central American Triangle live in the worst situation of violence and insecurity in the world, according to a recent report by the United Nations Program for Development. Homicide rates per 100,000 inhabitants of these three states reveal the seriousness of the situation: 77.5 in Honduras, 64.8 in El Salvador, and 41.5 in Guatemala, according to the report written by LPG Datos, the research firm of the newspaper "La Prensa Grafica" of El Salvador. A statistical study made ​​by the newspaper El Siglo reveals that in Panama there is a district with the same levels of violence as the subregion of Central America. This is San Miguelito, where 134 murders were committed between January and November of this year, according to the monthly reports published by El Siglo of crimes occurring in the country. A mathematical projection indicates the district should end 2011 with 146 murders. And if you take into account that San Miguelito has just 315,019 inhabitants, the homicide rate for the year would be 46.3 cases per 100,000 inhabitants. Recall that the homicide rate in Guatemala is 41.5. This homicide rate would also make San Miguelito more dangerous than the district of Panama City, whose projected homicide rate for 2011 is 36 homicides per 100,000 inhabitants.

This situation is not unique or different from past years. In 2010 there were 134 murders in San Miguelito for a homicide rate of 42.5 homicides per 100,000 inhabitants. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), a normal standard is 9 homicides per 100,000 inhabitants, and a higher figure is considered to be an "epidemic" for that organisation. According to the investigation conducted by El Siglo, the area of Belisario Porras is the most violent of San Miguelito, and between January and November 2011 there were 40 murders. This is followed by the area of Omar Torrijos with 22 murders, the the areas of Arnulfo Arias and Belisario Frķas with 21 each. (See map)

Editor's Comment: I love this kind of statistical analysis. Obviously the National Police should deploy their troops to these areas and make more of an effort to stem the tide of violence. At 146 murders in 2011, that's one murder every 2.5 days. And San Miguelito is more violent than Guatemala - which is saying a lot...

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San Miguelito District of Panama - The Third Most Dangerous Country in Latin America
Authored by: Anonymous on Tuesday, December 13 2011 @ 12:48 PM EST

I thought Colon was bad.