Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Crime Increases In The Dominican Republic

Santo Domingo.– Statistics released by Interior and Police Minister Franklin Almeyda reveal that between January and July this year 34.51% of the Dominican Republic's 1,440 registered deaths were the result of violent incidents.

Of all violent deaths, 66% were victims of gun wounds. In 2007 38% of deaths were attributed to criminal activity, compared to 65.5% this year. Almeyda said 58.4% of all victims were between the ages of 18 and 34, while 62.5% of all crimes happened between 6 PM and 6 AM.

The statistics also reveal 55.2% of crimes happened between Monday and Thursday and 92.6% of victims were men. The country´s most violent cities were Santo Domingo with a 42.25% crime rate, Hato Mayor 41.08%, the National District 40.72%, La Vega 40.51%, Samana 39.18%, San Jose de Ocoa 38.48% and San Cristobal 31.58%.

Almeyda pointed out that despite the increase in crime after the presidential elections, the Dominican Republic continues to be a safe place to live.

Source: DominicanToday.Com

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