Jan. 31, 2013
-- Nicaragua’s national police recently stated that in 2012, the country reduced its criminality levels by 9 percent and its violent deaths by 8.5 percent. According to the police, this is due to the country’s proactive and preventive security model that works that allows them to work directly with the communities in order to avoid criminality as a multi-casual phenomenon.
Nicaragua’s security levels have gained international recognition, as it has become one of the safest countries in the Western Hemisphere. The latest security poll of CID Gallup also confirms the reduction of crime levels in the country, showing that Nicaragua’s proportion of citizens that report having been robbed in the last four months was the lowest in the region including Panama and the Dominican Republic, with 19 percent, followed by Costa Rica with 21 and ending last Honduras with 32 percent.
A previous poll held in 2010 had also shown Nicaragua to have the lowest incidence of crime in Central America, highlighting the country was still free from the climate of insecurity in neighboring countries.
Additionally, the 2012 Security Risk Report published by the Economist Intelligence Unit, which measures indicators such as, armed conflict, demonstrations, organized crime and kidnappings in different countries around the world, ranked Nicaragua as the third safest country in Latin America. Also, according to the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), the homicide rate in 2011 was 12 per 100,000 inhabitants, well below the Latin America average of 26.
The growth of Nicaragua’s security levels have led to major increases not only in investment attraction, reaching US$584 million in the first semester of 2012, a 7 percent increase versus the same period of the year before; but also in tourism, as the country stands third in the top 46 places to visit in 2013 by the New York Times. The country also featured in NBC’s The Today Show as one of the hottest travel destinations in 2013, highlighting the country’s unspoiled natural resources, affordable prices and safety.