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Argentina

Argentina Crime Stats

Background:

Like many South American nations, Argentina has a problem with violent crime. According to the UN, in 2002, it had the 4th highest rates of manslaughter in the world, behind Mexico, South African and India. The country also had the 15th highest number of crimes reported, with 1.3 million. Despite these figure, however, Argentina has one of the lowest rates of prisoners per capita, with 107 per 100,000 people.

Definitions

  • Assault rate: Number of assaults recorded by police per 100,000 population
  • Assaults: Number of assaults recorded by police in that country per 100,000 population.
  • Auto theft: Number of motor vehicle thefts (car thefts) recorded by police in that country per 100,000 population.
  • Drug offences: Drug offence cases per 100,000 population (2000).
  • Illicit drugs: Crime statistics are often better indicators of prevalence of law enforcement and willingness to report crime, than actual prevalence.
  • Murder rate: Homicide rate per year per 100,000 inhabitants in various countries.
  • Murders committed by youths: Homicide rates among youths aged 10–29 years by country or area: most recent year available (variable 1990–1999).
  • Prisoners: Total persons incarcerated
  • Prisoners > Female: Female prisoners, expressed as a percentage share of the total prison population. Data for 2003.
  • Prisoners > Per capita: Data for 2003. Number of prisoners held per 100,000 population.
  • Rape rate: Number of rape incidents per 100,000 citizens in different countries. Figures do not take into account rape incidents that go unreported to the police.
  • Rapes: Number of sexual assaults recorded by police in that country per 100,000 population.
  • Robberies: Number of robberies recorded by police in that country per 100,000 population.
  • Software piracy rate: The piracy rate is the total number of units of pirated software deployed in 2007 divided by the total units of software installed.
  • Total crimes: Note: Crime statistics are often better indicators of prevalence of law enforcement and willingness to report crime, than actual prevalence.
STAT AMOUNT DATE RANK HISTORY
Assault rate 366.4 2011 21st out of 93
Assaults 366.4 2006 13th out of 66
Auto theft 84.9 2006 28th out of 74
Drug offences 15,508 per 100,000 people 2000 15th out of 60
Illicit drugs a transshipment country for cocaine headed for Europe; some money-laundering activity, especially in the Tri-Border Area; law enforcement corruption; a source for precursor chemicals; increasing domestic consumption of drugs in urban centers, especially cocaine base and synthetic drugs 2011
Murder rate 5.5 2009
Murders committed by youths 628 1999 13th out of 72
Prisoners 44,969 prisoners 2002 34th out of 168
Prisoners > Female 9.5% 2003 7th out of 134
Prisoners > Per capita 107 per 100,000 people 2003 83th out of 164
Rape rate 8.3 2008 17th out of 51
Rapes 3,276 2008 4th out of 51
Robberies 905.3 2006 1st out of 71
Software piracy rate 74% 2007 36th out of 106
Total crimes 1.34 million 2002 15th out of 82

SOURCES: European Institute for Crime Prevention and Control International Statistics on Crime and Justice, 2011; European Institute for Crime Prevention and Control International Statistics on Crime and Justice, 2011; The Eighth United Nations Survey on Crime Trends and the Operations of Criminal Justice Systems (2002) (United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, Centre for International Crime Prevention); CIA World Factbooks 18 December 2003 to 28 March 2011; World Health Organization: World report on violence and health, 2002; International Centre for Prison Studies - World Prison Brief; UN Crime Stats; Fifth Annual BSA and IDC Global Software Piracy Study

Citation

"Argentina Crime Stats", NationMaster. Retrieved from http://www.nationmaster.com/country-info/profiles/Argentina/Crime

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