- Category: Getting Along
- Published on Tuesday, June 05 2012 04:17
- Written by Rod Hughes
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A report from the Judiciary shows that homicides decreased last year for the first time in six years. The death toll declined from 527 persons in 2010 to 474 in 2011.
This fall of 53 homicides is more than just a statistical hiccup -- the toll declined from 11.5 murders for each 100,000 inhabitants to 10.3.
As is well known, violence in the streets has been a major preoccupation since the last century. It began to soar dramatically at the turn of the century as drug cartels moved their centers of operation from Colombia and Mexico to Central America.
Although this country has the lowest murder rate in the region, it was once so low as to make the nation one of the safest in the world. Beginning in the 1980s, the murder rate began to creep up, gathering momentum.
President Laura Chinchilla, herself a former Minister of Security, spotlighted citizen security as a principal concern in her inaugural speech of 2010 and has made improvement a recurring theme.
Said court statistician Mario Solano in the report, "The first decline in murder rates occurred in 2004, passing from 300 to 280. However, it was the sole decline in a decade characterized by large increases and numbers never before seen regarding this subject."
Contract killings by hit men, he added, declined even more dramatically, form 40 in 2010 to 17 last year.