Crime in Venezuela

This item appears on page 16 of the December 2015 issue.

The US Department of State warns that violent crime in Venezuela is pervasive, both in the capital, Caracas, and in the interior. According to the nongovernmental organization Venezuelan Violence Observatory, Venezuela has the second-highest homicide rate in the world. 

Kidnappings are also a serious concern throughout the country. Most can be classified as “express kidnappings,” which last only a few hours while the victim and/or family members gather as much money as possible for a quick release. Victims often have been physically roughed up or sometimes even killed when they resisted kidnappers’ demands.