28 Nov Crime in Buenos Aires Argentina
Crime in Buenos Aires Argentina
Above all, there are two distinct divisions in Buenos Aires.
On the one hand, the southern end of the City is home to a significant number of its murders, according to an annual homicide report by Supreme Court Justice Eugenio Zaffaroni.
The City’s murder rate increased to 6.08 per 100,000 residents last year, marking a slight increase from the 5.46 registered in 2012.
At a time when the national government seems to focus on the offensive against immigrants, the report also shows that 20 percent of perpetrators are foreigners.
Crime in Buenos Aires
The member of the highest tribunal also highlighted that in the impoverished areas where most of the crime took place, police officers often fail to investigate crimes, granting no justice for the victims.
At the fourth-floor courtroom of the central courthouse located on Talcahuano Street, Zaffaroni yesterday presented the last report on murders carried out by a group of experts working under his supervision. Zaffaroni will be stepping down from the highest tribunal next month before turning 75, the age limit for judges established in the Constitution.
Crime in Buenos Aires
However, Zaffaroni made it clear that murder rates increase up to 13.18 per 100,000 people in neighborhoods located in the south of the City, such as Barracas, Villa Lugano, and Villa Soldati. Flores, where a big shanty town is located, also registered a large number of murders last year.
The justice also highlighted that in those areas around 74 percent of the murders perpetrated in the City took place. Whereas the neighborhoods of the northern part of the City registered an index of 2.37 murders per 100,000 residents.
“They registered the same rates that European countries or Canada have,” Zaffaroni explained.
Rate of Homicides
For instance, in Barracas, 20 of out of 22 murders were perpetrated in Villa Zavaleta. It is a shantytown located next to Avellaneda, in the southern part of Greater Buenos Aires. National Security Minister María Cecilia Rodríguez, BA City Security and Justice Minister Guillermo Montenegro and BA province Justice Minister Ricardo Casal were present at the annual event.
The justice said homicides decreased in the City neighborhood of Retiro. Partly due to an urbanization plan of the so-called Villa 31.
Age and nationality
During last year’s midterm campaign one issue took center stage: decreasing the criminal age of responsibility.
The Court did not provide details of homicides committed in the province. Provincial Attorney General María del Carmen Falbo is in charge of analyzing said information.
Criminal Procedural Code
A Criminal Procedural Code allows fast deportation of criminals caught red-handed committing a petty crime. This is in tune with the national Security Secretary linking immigration with crime. However, statistics do not prove those links in BA City, according to the report released yesterday.
Eighty percent of the perpetrators are Argentine and only 20 percent of them are foreigners. Of 176 murders, 11 of them were committed by Paraguayan citizens and six by Peruvians. Two were perpetrated by Bolivian residents and only one by a Colombian citizen.
Sixty-one percent of the perpetrators live in impoverished areas. Also, 62 percent of the cases, victims and perpetrators lived in the same area. According to the report, 44 percent of the murders were the result of a quarrel. However, only 14 percent came as a result of a robbery.