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The crime map Buenos aires city reported that the most insecure neighborhoods in the district are Palermo and Balvanera, while Villa Lugano, Almagro and Flores were the areas where there were more car thefts. management statistics Together for Change in 2021 they were compared with the data from 2019, since 2020 was an atypical year due to the strict quarantine.

One of the most striking data provided by the official website of the Buenos Aires Government states that 12% of robberies and thefts are committed by children under 18 years of age. With regard to homicides, a similar statistic is maintained, since in 2021, there were 103 cases and in 2019 there were 102. The truth is that 70% of these deaths correspond to events related to drug trafficking.

The reality is that 40 percent is concentrated in Bajo Flores (the homicide rate in that area increased by 180%), Villa 1-1-14, the Rivadavia and Illia neighborhoods, Villa 21-24/Zavaleta and Villas 31 and 31 bis. The situation of insecurity in the poorest places increases considerably. In fact, the gendarmerie was displaced from those areas by a decision of the Ministry of National Security in 2021.

On the other hand, there is a level of recidivism in some criminals in the City of Buenos Aires. It was detected that 23% of those arrested for robberies and thefts were arrested at least twice between 2019 and 2021. Minors between 13 and 17 years old represent 12% in this category. The Buenos Aires Minister of Security, Marcelo D’Alessandrotried to blame the national government for the release of prisoners in 2020 to justify the negative data.

“The Juvenile Criminal Law fails. It cannot be that there are no consequences”, argued D’Alessandro before the press regarding the worrying figure in minors. However, he did not comment on drug and drug trafficking, the main cause of decline in the youngest. Still, there is no plan to save children who drop out of school and seek money through robbery to satisfy their addictions.


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