A CID-Gallup survey asking people if they have been robbed or assaulted in the past four months suggests Nicaragua has less street crime than its neighbors.
Across the region, 19% of Nicaraguans said they have been robbed or assaulted in the past four months, compared to 21% of Costa Ricans, 22% of Panamanians, 28% of Salvadorans, 29% of Guatemalans and 33% of Hondurans, according to CID-Gallup.I don't know why it only covers the last four months, but it is what it is.
Murder rates in El Salvador are going to fall in 2012. In Guatemala, they also look like they are going to fall to somewhere between 33 and 35 per 100,000, down from 39. Belize is getting worse with the third consecutive year with homicides over 100. Nicaragua remains about the same. Costa Rica's murder rate might decline even though they appear to have a serious problem with burglaries. Murders in Panama decreased in 2010 and then again in 2011.
Anyway, what's the story line at the end of the year?