Developing evidence-based policies, particularly in the developing world, can be difficult when reliable data are not available. Many crimes go unreported by the public, or unrecorded by the police. Victimization surveys are increasingly recognized as useful tools, but these surveys can be complex and costly, which can lead to cutting corners and producing low quality data. … [Read more...] about Victimization Surveys: 3 Common Mistakes to Avoid
The police are normally considered the first source of information on crimes committed. However, police crime statistics are only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to measuring and understanding crime. In the Caribbean, according to a forthcoming IDB publication, only 44% of common crimes were reported to the police in 2014. Globally it is estimated that less than half of … [Read more...] about Could everything we think we know about crime be wrong?
by Guest blogger, Pablo Bachelet and Martín Ardanaz Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons, Author, Tequendamia For the majority of people in Latin America and the Caribbean, perceptions of crime are in line with the sad reality of a region lashed by high rates of robberies and homicides. But in Bogotá, there's a paradox. On the one hand, the city has seen … [Read more...] about In Bogotá, fear does not match the numbers