High crime insecurity rates exist among much of the Latin American population. The region is home to the majority of the world’s homicides, which ultimately plays a large role in many nation’s wealth and inequality. Instability and migration are also factors of these significant economic costs.
Despite the fact that the region has some of the world’s highest crime rates per capita, a great deal of the crimes counted will go untried. This is especially true for political and government related crimes, though is also true for violent and domestic accounts.
Public opinions on security vastly differ among person to person, so it can be difficult for many causes to establish a common political ground. However, regardless of the accuracy of public opinion, many nations within the region suffer from deficient information systems. This can deeply affect how the public views a given nation because it can cause much of the collected data to be unreliable based on varying degrees of inaccuracy.
A scattered understanding of crime patterns and the core issues these high rates calls for a drastic improvement of crime studies and their focal points. Domestic violence against women and crime within the police force are a few strong examples. Prosecution for crimes and possible alternatives could also work to the benefit of Latin America and future research.