Homicide is the first cause of death in Venezuela

Without further ado: homicides in Venezuela jumped 128% for the period 1998-2005.

Violent deaths for unknown reasons in Venezuela increased 74% for the period 1998-2005.

Homicides caused by firearms in Venezuela augmented 36% for the period 1998-2005.

Kidnaps have increased 426% in Venezuela for the period 1998-2005.

Deaths by shootings have risen 253% in Venezuela for the period 1998-2005.

44 homicides take place every day in Venezuela, that is 1 every half an hour.

32.932 deaths for unknown reasons have been registered in Venezuela since 1998. These deaths do not make part of the total of homicides for the period.

Venezuela overtook Colombia in homicide numbers.

The number of homicides in Venezuela is greater than the number of casualties in some modern armed conflicts.

Since 1986 154.895 homicides have occured in Venezuela.

8.976 extrajudicial killings have been registered in Venezuela since 1999.

86.7% of homicides in Venezuela were caused by firearms, a variation of 36% since 1998.

Homicide is the first cause of death in Venezuela for both genders in the age group 15-29.

in 2004 only 7% of those involved in homicides have been sentenced.

Figures of deaths due to "resisting authority" in Venezuela have increased 254% (national level) and 791% in Caracas for the period 1999-2004. The civilian/police ratio of deaths is 39:1 in Venezuela; 10:1 in Brazil the international standard being 5:1.

Only 1.4% of police officers involved in extrajudicial killings have been sentenced in Venezuela during the period 2000-2005.

The homicide rate in Venezuelan prisons is 40 times higher than that of the country and 36 times higher than that of Brazil's, Argentina's, Mexico's and Colombia's prisons combined.

Caracas' homicide rates are the second in the South American continent.

The Chavez regime military expenditure is 80 times higher than its expenditure on the Ministry of Interior and Justice, which is in charge of procurement for Venezuelan police forces.

Venezuela's per capita expenditure in military acquisitions is larger than that of Brazil and Colombia.


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