Residents of Colombia’s capital Bogota feel increasingly unsafe.
According to a survey, the sense of security dropped twenty percent
The survey, held by the local Chamber of Commerce, reveals that 59 percent of the Bogotanos felt unsafe in their own city in June, while 39 percent did so in the same month last year.
Reasons for this sense of insecurity are the growing unemployment, the lack of light in public spaces and the absence of police.
Seven of every ten inhabitants of the capital say they feel unsafe on buses. People do feel safer in taxis or the city’s mass transit system, Transmilenio.
80 percent of the interviewed Bogotanos who said they were victims of the city’s actual lack of safety said so because they had been robbed.
Even though all major cities in Colombia saw a sharp rise of the crime rate this year, Bogota mayor Samuel Moreno is mostly criticized for his security policy.