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.
Sources: CIPCC, PROVEA, MSDS.