Publish in Special Reports - Monday, July 30, 2012
Venezuela ranks last on the Latinvex Law & Order Index thanks to factors such as high crime and corruption and low reliability of police. (Photo: CICPC)
Chile has Latin America's best regarded police force and tops the Latinvex Law & Order Index. Here Gustavo Adolfo Gonzalez, the head of the country's carabineros, greeting units. (Photo: Caribineros de Chile)
Chile best and Venezuela worst in law and crime environment.
BY JOACHIM BAMRUD
When it comes to law and order, Venezuela is the worst country in Latin America, according to the Latinvex Law & Order Index.
The index of 19 countries looks at six factors that measure a country’s law and crime environment: Homicide rates, reliability of police, judicial independence, corruption, property rights and overall rule of law. It uses 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.
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