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A recent study has shown that Venezuela’s residents feel the most unsafe in the world, while Mexico and Honduras have shown up as the most unsafe countries for journalists. How does Argentina compare, and how safe do the local residents of Buenos Aires feel? Indy reporter Laura Benitez finds out what people have to say on the matter.
I really don’t think the crime rate here is worse than in other countries. And I don’t think we have a particular problem here in Buenos Aires. I don’t think it’s particularly dangerous here either, people make it out like it’s much worse than it is. Obviously the city suffers from crime but it’s not a situation that has become any worse then it ever was. And especially when you compare it to other countries in South America such as Colombia, Venezuela and Brazil, I think Argentina comes out relatively well.
For Buenos Aires it’s difficult to judge the crime rate on the whole as there are some areas that are much safer than others. There are some pretty dangerous areas which you would know to be careful of, like in any city. It also depends on if you’re with people, if you have any valuables on you, and what time of the day it is, to how vulnerable you feel. I certainly don’t feel like the crime rate has become worse than it was, it’s not a huge problem that needs to be addressed like in other neighbouring countries like Bolivia, Peru, and Venezuela, where women and children are vulnerable on a day to day basis. It’s much worse in these countries than it has been in Argentina. But saying that, I don’t think that the police do that much of a great job when it comes to petty crime in the city.
In terms of how I feel about crime here in Argentina, I haven’t heard anything too extreme, and in the three days I’ve been here I’ve felt very safe walking around as a tourist. It feels the same as it does in Peru, I don’t feel like I’m in danger on a day to day basis. Of course there are zones and areas across Peru where you would be much more careful and where you know it’s particularly dangerous; there are places you’re told not to go to at all. And of course if you go to these places on your own then you’re in trouble, but on the whole, it’s really not that bad, it’s pretty relaxed. But since I’ve been in Buenos Aires the people have been very friendly towards me which has put me at ease a lot.
You know that crime exists here in Argentina, and in Buenos Aires, but I’ve been living here all of my life and I’ve never had any bad experiences. I’ve always been careful so as long as you’re on the look out it’s fine; I don’t think there are any problems in this country. However, when you look at the US, I think in comparison our crime rate is worse, but then again, compared to Venezuela Argentina is a much safer place to live.