Tuesday, January 17 2012 @ 07:40 PM UTC
Contributed by: Don Winner
Editor's Comment: Obviously, if 80% of the people are complaining about the security (crime) situation in the country, while the actual numbers and crime statistics reflect a decrease in crime, then there's a disconnect between reality and perception. Therefore, guys like Security Minister Jose Raul Mulino are either not doing a good enough job of getting the message out there, or they have a "credibility problem" - meaning, the people are simply not believing what they are being told when it comes to statistics on crime. Consider this - you live in a relatively quite neighborhood, not too much crime or violence. Then there's a very public murder on the city street right in front of your home. Someone comes along and guns down a neighbor who is shot many times, and who dies bleeding in the street. The police come, the medical examiners take away the body, the investigation begins, and the community is shaken. Statistically speaking that might be just one of the many hundreds of murders that will occur this year in Panama. However for the residents of that street or neighborhood it doesn't matter to them if there's only one murder all year long - because it happened on their street - so therefore there's "no security" in Panama. Mulino is wrong to simply "poo poo" the results of these kinds of polls. He needs to accept the fact that they have a massive problem with getting their message out, and making the perception match the numbers.