Homicides in Colombia were down 1.46% in 2010 compared to the previous year, the country’s coroner’s office announces.
The office reported that there were 17,459 murders in Colombia in 2010. The institute paid particular attention to murders of victims aged 20 to 39, which constituted 62% of Colombia’s murder victims that year. Of this group, 55% were women.
Suicides increased slightly in 2010, with the report finding 1,864 cases, only 19 more than the year before.
Traffic fatalities decreased by only 92 cases, dropping from 5,796 to 5,704 in 2010, despite significant efforts on the part of the government to improve traffic safety. Of those killed or injured, the majority were motorcyclists and pedestrians. A total of 2,212 motorcyclists perished in 2010 with 17,525 injured and 1,783 pedestrians were killed and 9,540 injured.