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Proteger y Servir: Citizens and expats alike give Uruguay high marks for public safety and police quality.

A new regional survey of violence by a Santiago-based non-profit organization finds that Uruguay is the safest country in Latin America measured in terms of homicide rates and other factors. The report validates findings earlier this year showing Uruguay and Argentina are two of the safest countries in the Western Hemisphere.

The Latinobarometro Corporation’s 61-page report titled Citizen Safety: The Primary Problem in Latin America asks if the region is becoming increasingly violent, if juvenile delinquency is on the rise, and what governments are doing to counter the violence especially in the countries with the highest homicide rates like Honduras (82), El Salvador (66) and Venezuela (49).

According to the report, Guatemala is the most violent country in Latin America, and Uruguay is the least violent. There are only 6.1 homicides per 100,000 citizens in Uruguay placing the country just slightly behind Argentina (5.5), Peru (5.2) and Chile (3.7).

Another contributing factor which helped Uruguay receive the best overall safety score was public perception of the local police force. Latinobarometro says Uruguay citizens have the most faith in the quality and integrity of their police than citizens of any other Latin American country.

Uruguay’s police confidence score of 53 was followed by Ecuador (50) and Chile (46). The Latin countries where citizens have the least confidence in their police are Mexico (19), the Dominican Republic (17) and Guatemala (15).  (Full Story in Spanish)

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