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Finding Data: Data on Crime - Latin America & the Carribean


  • Anuario de Estadisticas Criminales (2000)
    Crime statistics for Chile.

  • Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. Data and Statistics
    Statistical reports on the tracing of firearms on behalf of thousands of Federal, State, local and foreign law enforcement agencies; firearms manufacturers & export reports; firearms commerce reports; federal firearms licensee statistics theft / loss reports; and National Firearms Act (NFA) data.

  • Citizenship, Democracy, and Drug-Related Violence (CIDENA, 2011)
    Implemented with the goal of providing information towards understanding the complex relationship between society and drug-related violence in Mexico. Cognitive interviews, face-to-face interviews, and list experiments were utilized in Mexico. Conducted in face-to-face interviews (at the residence of the interviewee) based on a sample of men and women over 18 years of age and residents of Mexico. The sample was representative nationwide of 7 states with different levels of violence: High (Chihuahua, Guerrero, Michoacan, and Nuevo Leon), Intermediate (Jalisco, and Estado de Mexico), and Low (Distrito Federal). These states were selected according to their violence indexes (deaths associated with drug related violence reported in local newspapers). Demographic variables include age, sex, marital status, occupation, party affiliation, territories of residence, education, and income.

  • Estimating Human Trafficking into the United States [Phase I: Development of a Methodology]
    Developed and fully documented a method to estimate the number of females and males trafficked for the purposes of sexual and labor exploitation from 8 countries (Colombia, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Mexico, Nicaragua, Peru, and Venezuela) into the United States at the Southwest border. The model utilizes only open source data.

  • Hechos delictuosos registrados
    Argentina Registered Crimes 2008. In addition to rates and numbers of registered crimes, the tables provide information on the age and sex of crime victims. Tabulations only.

  • Homicides (2006-2011)
    Yearly data at the municipal level on homicides reported in death certificates from 2006 to 2011 in Mexico. The certificates are issued by local offices of the Attorney General's Office.

  • Homicides presumably related to DTO rivalry (Dec 2006 - Sep 2011)
    Yearly data at the municipal level of homicides in Mexico presumably related to rivalries between Drug Trafficking Organizations. Includes deaths related to violent aggressions and confrontations between criminal groups and military and police force. The information for 2006 only includes homicides occurred in December while the information for 2011 corresponds to homicides from January to September of that year.

  • International Crime Victimization Survey (ICVS) Series
    Most far-reaching program of standardized sample surveys to look at a householders' experience with crime, policing, crime prevention, and feelings of insecurity in a large number of nations. It also allows for analysis of how risks of crime vary among different groups of populations across social and demographic lines. Also see the ICVS site which also includes the latest rounds.
  • Wave 1 - 1989 - 14 countries
    Wave 2 - 1992 - 12 countries
    Wave 3 - 1996/1997 - 13 countries
    Wave 4 - 2000/2001 - 16 countries
    Wave 5 - 2004/2005 - 30 countries

Sample Size: Generally, 1,000 - 2,000 households from each participating country.

  • Judicial en materia penal (1997+)
    Administrative crime data for Mexico.

  • Second International Self-Reported Delinquency Study, 2005-2007
    International collaborative study of delinquency and victimization of 12 to 15 year-old students in seventh, eighth, and ninth grade classrooms. School-based study that drew on random samples from either city level or national level. In general, the cross-national description of the prevalence and incidence of delinquent behavior allowed for the assessment of national crime rates by comparison with the crime rates of other countries. The study was conducted in 31 mostly European countries, the United States, Caribbean and South American countries. The primary research questions explored included: Is juvenile delinquency normal, ubiquitous, and transitional? Is there a pattern of similarity in the offending behavior of juveniles across countries or are there any important differences? Descriptive comparisons of crime rates will call for explanations, especially if differences are observed. What are the national socio-economic or cultural differences, or the characteristics of legal or criminal policies that can explain such differences?

  • Seguridad Publica en Mexico (Public Security in Mexico)
    Crime statistics by state in Mexico for 1997-2014.

  • Surveys on drugs and crime
    From monitoring of illicit crop cultivation to corruption, crime trends and crime victimization, UNODC regularly publishes a broad range of surveys on Afghanistan, Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, and Southeast Asia (Lao PDR, Myanmar),

  • United Nations International Study on Firearm Regulation
    Country-level survey dealing with:
    • Firearm regulation, including issues of ownership, possession and use;
    • Manufacturing and trade;
    • Smuggling and other illegal dealings;
    • Demographic, accident and crime statistics;
    • Policy and public education initiatives;

    The survey instrument was distributed to Member States in 1996. The data is in a MS Access database. Data may also be used to compare social attitudes toward guns and gun control among countries.

    Sample Size: 78 countries.

  • United Nations Surveys of Crime Trends and Operations of Criminal Justice Systems
    Collects data on the incidence of reported crime and the operations of criminal justice systems with a view to improving the analysis and dissemination of that information globally. Results provide an overview of trends and interrelationships between various parts of the criminal justice system to promote informed decision-making in administration, nationally and internationally. The surveys were started in 1977, covering 5-year intervals from 1970-1994. Starting in 1995 surveys cover 2 or 3 year intervals. Data may also be accessed through ICPSR.

    This page last updated: October 21, 2009