Medellin the City of Eternal Spring for the second year remains outside the list of the 50 most violent cities in the world, published annually by the Mexican NGO Citizen Council for Public Safety and Criminal Justice (CCSPJP).
Years ago became regarded as the most violent city in the world because of the conflict between drug cartels and the Colombian state, has now progress forward towards peace.
On the other hand, the two Colombian cities, both the Cauca Valley, which are in the list are Cali, ranked 21st, with 54 homicides per 100,000 inhabitants; and Palmira, ranked 31st, with a rate of 46 murders per 100,000 inhabitants.
Despite this, in 2016 they had “significant reductions in their homicide rate”, according to the organization.
The last city in the country included on this list is Cucuta, capital of Norte de Santander, located in the 48th, with a homicide rate of 37 per 100,000 inhabitants.
Latin America, in the top 10 Homicides per 100,000 inhabitants
Of the 50 cities ranks, 19 are located in Brazil, 8 in Mexico, 7 in Venezuela, 4 in Colombia, 2 in Honduras. El Salvador, Guatemala and Jamaica are in the list as well.
“The overwhelming majority of the 50 most violent cities in the world are in Latin America (43 cities)”, says the report CCSPJP.
The list, which takes into account only cities of 300,000 or more inhabitants, is led by Caracas (Venezuela), which for the second year holds this position, with a rate of 130 homicides per 100,000 inhabitants.
The second position is occupied Acapulco (Mexico), with a rate of 113 homicides per 100,000 inhabitants; the third is San Pedro Sula (Honduras) 112, the fourth is Central District (Honduras) 85, and the fifth, Victoria (Mexico), with 84. In addition, four of the 10 most violent cities, are in Venezuela.
The complete list of the most violent cities is available on the website of CCSPJP.
Perception of Safety in Medellin
According to the latest survey of public perception ‘Medellín Cómo Vamos’, only 51 percent of people feel safe in Medellin, while 34 percent do not feel neither safe nor unsafe; and 15 percent definitely unsafe.
Moreover, the figures in homicides, which until February 24 remained below the same period last year, recorded a slight upward trend. Among the first of January and 7 April this year had 129 homicides; The same period in 2016 127, according to data from Information System Security and Coexistence (SISC) of the Ministry of Security of Medellin.
However, compared to 2015 figures, the course on reducing homicide is notorious. In March 2015 , 45 people were killed in the same month of 2016 (30) and this year 25.
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