Violent Crime Down Significantly in Central Santiago
The police have assured the public they are still on their toes despite a record crack-down on crime last year in downtown Santiago.
SANTIAGO — Last year in Chile’s capital, violent crime fell by a record 17%. Carabineros arrested 1,581 criminals and 17 delinquent gangs were disbanded.
Armed robbery and mugging were both down by 19%, while intentional injuries fell by 12%. More impressively, vehicle robbery has fallen by 47% and sexual assault by 31%.
Police also detained 48 members of 17 known gangs operating in the center of Santiago, that have now been disbanded.
Assuring citizens that they have not become complacent, Minister of the Interior Andrés Chadwick asserted that the police know that there is still a lot to do, and want to make the “greatest effort” to continue reducing crime.
“We’re on the right path thanks to the police,” he says. “Criminals will think twice now before coming to the center of Santiago.”