The homicide rate in Colombia’s capital, Bogota, diminished 11% during the first three months of 2013, compared to the same period in 2012, a local government agency said Tuesday.
According to Bogota’s sub-secretary of Coexistence and Security, Edgar Ardila Amaya, there were 35 fewer homicides in the first three months of this year compared to the same period of 2012.
“We went from 315 assassinations in 2012 to 280 in the same period of 2013, which represents a decrease of 11%,” Ardila said.
According to the local government, there were no homicides in the localities of Chapinero, Martires, Candelaria and Sumapaz during the month of March. Ardila highlighted the case of Martires, saying the government’s intervention in the locality’s Bronx district had led to a sharp reduction in homicides; from six in the first three months of 2012 to none in 2013.
The sub-secretary further stated that Bogota’s police force would continue the fight against one of Bogota’s main security issues; the robbery of mobile phones in the inner city.