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Costa Rica

Costa Rica Crime Stats

Definitions

  • Assaults: Number of assaults recorded by police in that country per 100,000 population.
  • Burglaries: Number of burglaries recorded by police in that country per 100,000 population.
  • Car thefts: Total recorded automobile thefts. Crime statistics are often better indicators of prevalence of law enforcement and willingness to report crime, than actual prevalence.
  • 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.
  • Kidnappings: Number of kidnappings recorded by police in that country per 100,000 population.
  • Murder rate: Homicide rate per year per 100,000 inhabitants in various countries.
  • Murders with firearms: Total recorded intentional homicides committed with a firearm. Crime statistics are often better indicators of prevalence of law enforcement and willingness to report crime, than actual prevalence.
  • Police officers: Number of police officers per 100,000 population.
  • Prisoners: Total persons incarcerated
  • Prisoners > Per capita: Data for 2003. Number of prisoners held per 100,000 population.
  • 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
Assaults 19.7 2006 56th out of 66
Burglaries 3.9 2004 19th out of 19
Car thefts 4,385 2002 37th out of 73
Drug offences 1,099 per 100,000 people 2000 33th out of 60
Illicit drugs transshipment country for cocaine and heroin from South America; illicit production of cannabis in remote areas; domestic cocaine consumption, particularly crack cocaine, is rising; significant consumption of amphetamines 2011
Kidnappings 0.11 2006 49th out of 57
Murder rate 11 2009
Murders with firearms 131 2002 16th out of 48
Police officers 275.3% 2006 20th out of 31
Prisoners 8,526 prisoners 2002 76th out of 168
Prisoners > Per capita 229 per 100,000 people 2003 32nd out of 164
Rapes 11 2006 22nd out of 80
Robberies 527.3 2006 3rd out of 71
Software piracy rate 61% 2007 54th out of 106
Total crimes 40,263 2002 57th out of 82

SOURCES: 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; 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); International Centre for Prison Studies - World Prison Brief; European Institute for Crime Prevention and Control International Statistics on Crime and Justice, 2011; Fifth Annual BSA and IDC Global Software Piracy Study

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

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Here are a few recent crimes against tourists that still remain unresolved:
>Brendan Dobbins: Australian tourist, disappeared in Tamarindo in 2005 his remains were found 6 months later – Still no clues as to how he died
>David Gimelfarb – US tourist disappeared in Rincon de Vieja on 11 August 2009 – Still missing
>Craig Schnell – US expat disappeared on 18 February 2009 in Ostional. Body found – No clue how he died
>Michael Dixon – British tourist disappeared in Tamarindo on 18 October 2009 – Still missing
>John Scibeck – US tourist murdered in Playa Portrero on 31 December 2009 – Case remains unsolved
>Kelly Robert Nutting – US expat found 8 March in the Ocean near Golfito with hands tied and feet in concrete. Costa Rican police initially pose it as a suicide.
>Two Austrian expats – disappeared December 2009 – Still missing, a man was found with their 4×4 and using their credit card but police say there is not enough evidence.
>Roger Peter Biennvennu – US tourist disappeared in Barrio Quebradas early July 2010 – Still missing
>Kim Paris – Canadian expat disappeared in Santa Teresa 25 August 2010. Still missing
>Austin Allen Hiers, 23 year old US tourist found dead on the side of the main road in Tamarindo 21 October 2010. Body full of bruises and gash on his head. Authorities say he died of a heart attack.

Posted on 13 Dec 2010

Costa Tourist News

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Sadly, so many crimes in Costa Rica go unreported due to the corruption.

Thank you in advance for your help.

PRESS RELEASE
6 December 2010

World Wide Outcry To Stop Gender Violence Against UK Woman Burned In Costa Rica

We are asking people from across the world, including key human rights activists, women's rights activists, public intellectuals and citizens groups to support a global petition demanding action from Costa Rican President, Laura Chinchilla.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kFJ0iErN0ME

• August, 2010, 62 year old Patricia Simpson of United Kingdom was burned with cigarettes, had lighter fluid poured on her stomach and private's and set ablaze in her home in Costa Rica. She was left to lay on the floor and denied assistance and medical attention by her landlord and gardner for four days.

• August, September & October 2010, Patricia Simpson repeatedly contacted the local authorities for help and was denied. She attempted to file a formal complaint and police report against this man and was denied.

• November 26, 2010, her friend Steve Bryant took her to the Defensoria de Habitantes in the country's capital where she was allowed to file a complaint against her attackers.

• November 28, 2010, Patricia Simpson's friend, Steve Bryant of Canada reached out to the world via YouTube to ask for assistance to bring this issue to the President of Costa Rica, Laura Chinchilla.

• November 30, 2010, Costa Rica Canal 6 featured the story on the 6pm and 11 pm news to bring awareness to the crime. Once again Patricia Simpson and Steve Bryant asked for assistance in bringing justice against the men who did this. Steve Bryant of Canada raised a fundamental point of principle, which is “how can this 62 year old woman be attacked in this way and receive no police assistance and no help in aprehending the men who did this to her”.

• December 1, 2010, Steve Bryant posted the news story on his youtube channel. The story began to appear on facebook and other social media channels. Three other victims came forth to share their similar stories of being stalked and attacked by the same man.

• December 2, 2010, The website http://StalkingInCostaRica.com appeared with the aim to bring worldwide attention to the stalking against expatriate women crimes occuring in Costa Rica that are not being prosecuted. Another victim states that 3 years ago she had a similar ocurance and stalking is not recognized as a crime in Costa Rica. The man implicated is a US Citizen. Her court documents say he is utilizing the lack of law protecting women from this crime to continue to make violent attacks on expatriate women.

• December 3, 2010, Online petition to Laura Chinchilla created. Please help this cause by signing the following petition: http://www.gopetition.com/petition/41144.html

• December 5, 2010, Victim number 5 speaks out against this man.

• December 6, 2010, Update video posted to you tube and visitor's hit over 22,500. Here is the channel that holds all of the videos: http://www.youtube.com/buscoalaurachinchill#g/f

NEWS STORIES:

1) http://www.usexpatcostarica.com/2010/12/appeal-to-president-laura-chinchilla-misdirected/

2) http://guanacastehoy.com/%C3%9Altimas-noticias/anciana-agredida-busca-proteccion-de-autoridades.html

3) http://amcostaricaarchives.com/2010/11/when-police-failed-to-act-man-takes-to-youtube-for-help/

Posted on 06 Dec 2010

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