Hugo Chavez finally spoke about crime and insecurity from Havana, just because of the latest recommendations of the U.S. State Departament for those travelling to Venezuela. His response: We’re ain’t that bad, compared to the U.S.A.
But wait, the crime rate in America is the lowest in 20 years. Good for Americans, bad for Chávez.
He probably got the wrong data… once again.
Time for number crunching: In its latest report about crime, the FBI indicated that there were 14,748 murders in the United States in 2010 (The full 2011 report will come out later this year). In Venezuela, the estimated number for 2010 was 17.600. This number comes from the NGO Venezuelan Observatory of Violence and it is only a projection, because the CICPC stopped the release of official numbers in 2005.
In February 2011, the government admitted in front of the National Assembly that at least 14.000 murders occurred in Venezuela during 2010. The official murder numbers for 2011 weren’t in the annual report of the Interior Minister at all, but the OVV puts them in 19.336, making 2011 the most violent year in Venezuelan history.
So yes, Hugo Chávez’s claim that violence in the US is higher than in Venezuela is correct only if you substitute “US” for “Venezuela” and vice versa.
Finally, here’s a great article from The Guardian about why crime in the USA is going down.