Friday, 4 December 2020

Every 38 Minutes A Person Is A Victim of Assault in Costa Rica

A specialized unit of the Ministerio de Seguridad Publica (MSP) capture one fo the many assailants attacking pedestrians in public areas. Photo MSP.
A specialized unit of the Ministerio de Seguridad Publica (MSP) capture one fo the many assailants attacking pedestrians in public areas. Photo MSP.

QCOSTARICA – Every 38 minutes a person is a victim of assault in Costa Rica, according to the figures by the Organismo de Investigación Judicial (OIJ) for last year.

The OIJ data for 2014 reveals a total of 13.797 reported assaults, although 122 fewer than in 2013, the reality is that every 38 minutes a person is assaulted in public places.

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Of three principal cities in the Greater Metropolitan Area (GAM), San José, with 3.220 (23.3%) leads the list of reported assaults, followed by Alajuela with 824 (6%), and Heredia with 778 (5.6%).

The areas of Hatillo, Los Guido in Desamparados and downtown San José in the parks known as Salud and Garantias Socials (behind the Caja) and the motel area of San Francisco de Dos Rios, are sites with the highest predilection by assailants.

according to Emilio Segura, head of the Theft and Robbery section of the OIJ, there is a defined hour and day when most assaults occur.


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The data indicates that assaults occur more frequently between 6:00pm an 9:00pm, a time when most are headed home after work and are most vulnerable. An increase also occurs between 5:00am and 7:30am, when many head to work, most particular on Fridays.


Important to note that the figures only represent reported assualts and don’t take into account the number of assaults that go unreported, many victims deciding not worth the time to file a report with the OIJ.

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