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Colombia Reports, July 27, 2012

Colombia more crime-ridden than Mexico: Report

Out of 19 Latin American countries Colombia had the 5th highest homicide rate, according to a new report from the news analysis website Latinvex.

Latinvex used six categories to determine the general state of "law and crime" in the 19 Latin American countries.

Colombia ranked “sixth in categories like reliability of police, judicial independence, overall rule of law and property rights and fifth in terms of having the lowest corruption. However, its overall score is pulled down by having Latin America’s fifth-highest homicide rate,” said the report.

The report used the latest available data from the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, The World Bank, Transparency International, Heritage Foundation and the World Economic Forum.

Both Mexico and Brazil recieved better marks with regards to corruption, reliability of police and homicide rates than Colombia.

With a total of 14,573 homicides in 2011, Colombia registered a homicide rate of 33 per 100,000 people, compared to Mexico's 18 per 100,000 and Brazil's 26.

The country with the least favorable ranking in the aforementioned categories was Colombia’s neighbor Venezuela, mainly due to soaring murder rates, a government-dependent judiciary and government expropriations.

Chile topped five of the six categories used in Latinvex’ Law & Crime Index. It had “Latin America’s most reliable police, highest judicial independence, lowest corruption, highest property rights and best overall rule of law,” concluded the report.

Latinvex is a website specialized in news and analysis from Latin America. It is directed by Joachim Bamrud, ex-director and founder of the digital journal Latin Business Chronicle.

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