Insecurity in Bogotá: robbery became the most common crime

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Streets, pedestrian bridges and TransMilenio are the spaces that passers-by in the Colombian capital consider the most dangerous, according to the survey carried out by the Chamber of Commerce from Bogotá

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Insecurity in Bogotá: Illustration of carjackings, robberies, assaults. (Colprensa)

Bogota citizens feel more insecure in 2022, according to the results of the Bogota Perception and Victimization Survey (EPV) carried out by the city's Chamber of Commerce .

Compared with the figures obtained a year ago in the same study, the citizen's perception of insecurity decreased eleven percentage points, after in the post-pandemic year it reached 88% in this same surveyand during the year in which the social explosion took place due to the national strike derived from the protests over the tax reform promoted by the former Minister of Finance Alberto Carrasquilla in the government of Iván Duque Márquez.

Although the city is going through moments of uncertainty due to the harassment of women in TransMilenio, the motoladronesand alleged picket houses that would be operating in the town of Chapinero, the study identified the most insecure places in the capital and the circumstances in which people do not feel calm on the street.

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Chapinero (57%), Teusaquillo (55%) and La Candelaria (50%) are the towns that people consider the safest.

Regarding the perception of insecurity in the city, discriminated by the localities where it has increased the most, the following stand out: Engativá (84%), Antonio Nariño (82%), San Cristóbal (80%) and Puente Aranda (80%).

On the other hand, the survey revealed which types of crime most concern ordinary citizens:

Theft of persons ( 49%); homicide (17%); sale of drugs (10%).

Bogotá residents consider the TransMilenio public transportation system to be 68% unsafe, a criterion that decreased by two percentage points compared to what was evidenced in the results of the 2021 survey.

The study It also took into account the criterion of victimization of the population of the Colombian capital and thus compiled a decrease of three percentage points in this aspect with respect to 2021. The Bogotá Chamber of Commerce was able to identify that 17% of people respondents have been victims of a crime and that of the 17% of people who said they were victims of a crime, 49% are women and 51% men.

In this sense, the localities with the highest victimization are Barrios Unidos (22%), San Cristóbal (21%) and Antonio Nariño (21%), while the places in the public space that are perceived as The most unsafe in 2022 are the streets, with 33% and pedestrian bridges, with 19%.

In 2022 theft from people became the most common crime (77%); robbery is the most used modality in this crime (41%); and the mobile phone is the most stolen object (78%).

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According to the survey, the element that the aggressors used the most was the knife with 31%. Similarly, a decrease in the use of firearms to commit this crime is highlighted, going from 23% in 2021 to 19% in 2022.

On the other hand, citizens expressed their opinion about the security service provided by the Bogotá Metropolitan Police. There was an increase in the figure that measures the knowledge that people have about the quadrant to which their home belongs, as 32% said they knew it, when in 2021 the rate was 22%.

With regard to the quality of telephone assistance in the 123 line service, 44% of citizens rated the service provided as poor or very poor, while those who rated it positively remained at 36%.< /p>

Among the recommendations of the Chamber of Commerce is to deepen victimization prevention strategies in the towns of Barrios Unidos, San Cristóbal and Antonio Nariño, as well as to emphasize policies focused on prevention of bicycle theft in the city.

According to the president of the Chamber of Commerce, Nicolás Uribe, it must be taken into account that this is a perception, but not physical and verifiable complaints.

It is important to point out that this It is a perception that we cannot verify, that is, this is not hard data about whether or not there were complaints compared to last year and its variation, but rather what the citizens say they did. Like when they say they were victims, witnesses or the opinion they have about the perception. The perception is configured on the basis of multicausal elements

The chamber also asks to focus the attention of the public force on the streets and parks, in addition to modernizing and simplifying the regulation of equipment theft mobile terminals to encourage people to report and be able to face the reduction of this crime and other forms of theft. Review the full study of the entity below: