Sept. 11, 2012
-- Commissioner Sergio Gutierrez Espinoza, Head of the Police Department of Rivas, one of Nicaragua’s tourism hotspots, recently applauded the country’s safety levels, highlighting that Nicaragua ranks as one of the safest countries in Central America according to figures of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), which indicated that the homicides rate in 2011 was of 12 per 100,000 inhabitants, while Latin America’s average was of 26 homicides.
In this same study, in 2011 Guatemala registered a total of 39 homicides per 100,000 inhabitants, while El Salvador and Honduras registered 72 and 86 homicides, respectively. The Commissioner added that these statistics demonstrate the determination of the country’s police force to continue working to reduce crime rates and fatalities.
Nicaragua’s security levels have gained international recognition, as it has become one of the safest countries in the Western Hemisphere. Risk Briefing Services, part of the Economist Intelligence Unit, confirms this in its Country Risk Evaluation 2012, which ranks Nicaragua as the second safest country in Central America and the third in Latin American. The EIU Security Risk report measures indicators such as armed conflict, demonstrations, organized crime and kidnappings in different countries around the world.
Additionally, statistics of vehicle thefts in Central America show that Nicaragua has the lowest figure in the region. In 2011, a total of 272 vehicles were stolen in this country, while countries like Guatemala, Honduras and Costa Rica registered up to 7,334, 5,475 and 3,800 vehicle thefts, respectively.
The 2012 Global Peace Index (GPI), published by the Institute for Economics and Peace, ranks Nicaragua as having one of the most peaceful and favorable business climates in Latin America. Nicaragua ranks second in Central America showing an improvement in the overall score of the GPI.
The country not only offers tranquility and peace of mind to visitors, but also an excellent quality of life. This is why Nicaragua has been featured as one of the most attractive retirement havens in the world, according to renowned international publications such as TravelAge West, U.S. News and AARP Magazine. In January 2012, Forbes.com portrayed the country as remarkably safe in its recent “A surprising safe haven” article, even amidst its less secure surroundings.