Crime has risen so sharply in this region since 2004 that murder rates are now the HIGHEST
in the world, according to a recent IDB report, with 6.8% (and rising) of our population
affected, versus a worldwide average of 4.5%. The LAC region had a homicide rate of 24 per
100,000 population in 2015 — FOUR times the global average. Roughly 40% of the
Caribbean’s population identifies crime and security-related issues as THE biggest problem
facing our countries, even bigger than poverty or inequality.