The president of Chili, gabriel boricannounced this Thursday several bills to face the public security crisis that the country is experiencing and that include increases in penalties for kidnapping and carrying weapons in public places and the definition of hit men.
“We know that the type of crimes has changed in Chili and that is something that worries. Therefore, we have to be able to adapt our legislation”, said the president during an official act on the outskirts of Santiago.
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Boric He assured that the feeling of insecurity has increased “because violent crimes have also increased” and admitted that “he gets up and goes to bed thinking about how to improve security.”
The latest citizen surveys have revealed a worrying rise in the perception of insecurity.
The Paz Ciudadana Foundation published in October that the fear of being a victim of a crime grew by 7.6%, reaching 28% nationally, the highest figure in 22 years.
Nevertheless, the country registers the lowest homicide rate per 100,000 inhabitants in South Americaaccording to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).
In 2022, the rate reached 3.09 murders per 100,000 inhabitants.11% higher than the same period last year, according to the agency.
“If we are not capable of improving security and recovering our public spaces, it will be difficult for us to speak in depth about the major reforms that we also have in mind, such as better distribution of wealth and better pensions”added Boric.
Despite the fact that he was criticized during the electoral campaign and at the beginning of his term for not paying too much attention to the insecurity crisis, the former student leader has changed his tone in recent times.
Last September it announced an increase of 4.4% compared to last year in terms of security in its first project of general accounts.
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