The Bello Monte morgue officially logged the arrival of at least 36 homicide victims between sundown on Friday and sunrise on Monday of this week. Apparently it was a slow weekend for the feral killers that roam the barrios and streets of Caracas 24/7, preying randomly on whoever suffers the misfortune of crossing their path.
Ultimas Noticias reports that one of the past weekend’s murder victims, 25-year-old Norbe Paredes, was killed in El Valle’s Los Cardones sector where he attended a party. Norbes is the fourth member of the Paredes family killed in the streets of Caracas. Norbes apparently was murdered during a robbery because his personal belongings weren’t found. His Aunt Rosa, weeping, said that “nothing will happen.” She knows from past experience that her nephew’s murder likely will never be solved and his killers likely will never be tried and sent to prison.
The year 2011 was “the most violent year in Venezuela’s recent history,” according to a new report by the Observatorio Metropolitano de Seguridad Ciudadana de Caracas.
In all, last year saw 3,488 homicides perpetrated in the Caracas Metropolitan Area, for an average of 108 murders per 100,000 inhabitants of Venezuela’s capital city, or roughly one murder every 2.5 hours every day of last year – 93% of the city’s murder victims were young men between the ages of 15 and 24 years, 23% were killed during armed robberies and over 9% were “ajustes de cuentas” (i.e. settling scores with criminal rivals).
Nationally, approximately 19,336 homicides were committed last year, according to official and unofficial data sources, or 67 homicides per 100,000 inhabitants. In 1998, the year before Chavez assumed power, only 4,550 homicides were reported nationally, causing the country’s top crime experts that year to uniformly deplore the terribly high murder rate and general insecurity.
The Chavez regime has not released any official national homicide statistics for 2011 yet. But Venezuela today is the most lethal country in South America, and ranks fourth in homicides regionally after Honduras, El Salvador and Jamaica, according to the UN.
Venezuelan law enforcement also admits, unofficially, that 1,150 kidnappings were reported in 2011, or an average of three per day. Venezuela last year ranked 8th worldwide in terms of abductions, but my friends in the private security business estimate that only a very small fraction of kidnappings – particularly express kidnappings – are reported to the cops.
Venezuela’s jails and prisons – where over 47,000 persons are crammed into spaces built for only 14,500 – reported a total of 560 murdered inmates last year and 1,457 injuries caused during fights and attempted hits, the highest one-year totals ever recorded by the Interior & Justice Ministry.