The Observatory on Violence from the Democracy, Peace and Security Institute (IUDPAS), published the 24th edition of their Annual Report 2011, which reached eight uninterrupted years of providing reliable, systematic and heterogeneous data on the behavior of insecurity in Honduras from data collected by different official institutions.
This is a comparative analysis of the years 2010 and 2011, as well as incorporating information on the evolution of crime rates as measured by homicides in the last eight years, which reflects a disturbing picture of steady increases.
Hopefully, this approach to the phenomena from the magnitude and characterization of the facts, contribute to a better understanding of the reality in Honduras in order that government authorities, protection, health, education and justice agencies, with the participation of academia and the civil society, NGOs and the media, have the elements necessary to formulate strategies and policies, and also assess the relevance and sustainability of the strategies currently operating in the country, in order to reduce the devastating impacts of crime in human development in Honduras.
Some numbers includes:
- 7.104 homicides were committed in 2011.
- The national homicide rate is 86.5 per 100,000 inhabitants.
- 592 homicide victims per month and 20 daily.
- The 51.4% of cases took place on Sunday, Monday and Saturday.
- The 55.5% of the homicides have occurred in northern Honduras comprising the regions of Atlantida, Cortes and Francisco Morazan.
- The 84.6% of homicides (6.009 cases) occurred with a firearm.
- The pattern reflects the involvement of hired assassins (sicarios) in 27.1% of homicides.