Nicaragua: Lessons from a Country with a Low Crime Rate | Center for Strategic and International Studies

Hemisphere Focus By Stephen Johnson, Siremorn Asvapromtada, Samuel Kareff JUL 10, 2012

Unlike its immediate neighbors to the north in Central America, Nicaragua has made admirable strides in the area of citizen security in the last 30 years. While Belize, El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras all had been galloping toward greater citizen insecurity since the conflictive 1980s, Nicaragua has managed to keep a lid on crime. With a homicide rate of 12 deaths per 100,000 residents - half the Latin American average of 26 per 100,000 and far lower than 82 per 100,000 in Honduras - Nicaragua appears to be a model for public safety in still turbulent Central America. However, recent erosions in democratic governance in Nicaragua could esily reverse such gains.


Note: The link page has a link on it to a PDF document with the full report. On my blog I list some of the leaders and staff of the CSIS. Note to the reader, take this study with a grain of salt as the Center for Strategic and International Studies is very much part of the Georgetown establishment. Not sure if thats good or bad, it just is…

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"Democracy Eroding" Because Not BF with U.S.? Tut, Tut!

Nicaragua appears to be a model for public safety in still turbulent Central America. However, recent erosions in democratic governance in Nicaragua could esily reverse such gains.

Tut, tut, yourself...

Your response is naive and uninformed.

Perhaps they were referring to:

  • The method in which the constitution was violated by the CSJ to allow Danny-boy (and all other F$LN office holders -- but not PLC/PLI) to continuously run for re-election (just like Somoza!)
  • The fact that 30+ public officials terms have expired and only serve because of a decree from His Majesty -- another clear constitutional violation
  • The fact that 50+ ambassadors have been anointed by King Danny the First and not ONE has been submitted to the AN for approval -- another clear constitutional violation
  • The fact that each and every year of the God/King's reign, over $500 million of money never appears on the country's balance sheet -- just disappears into the maw of the Ortega/Murillo bizne, never to be seen again until the debt comes due in 25 years
  • The fact that over 20,000 public servants were fired during the first term of the second reign of BachiBurro and are STILL waiting for their legally mandated liquidations

The list goes on and on and on and on, just like the Somoza, Castro, Chavez, Ortega reigns go on and on and on and on.

Of course ALL of these things, when looked at objectively, would lead one to believe to there are serious erosions to democratic governance in NicaLandia.

And just as clearly, when one worships at the altar of Che, Fidel, Hugo, et al, these things are all just fine...

Safe and secure

reading the statistics gives you a picture of crime in Nicaragua, but I think it doesn´t give you a real picture of life, real life in Nicaragua. For a better understanding of life in Nicaragua the numbers should be broken down to specifics. What is the percentage of crime related deaths, as in drug dealings, robberies, assaults, and deaths related , directly or not, to politics. As you point out the list of power abuse goes on and on and is not a new thing. We have been dealing with this kind of behavior for a very long time, and there seems to be no end in sight. There was an article on the editorial page of La Prensa and it talks about what may very well be the root, or at least one of the main one, root of our problems and that is this mediocrity that is all around us in this country. But what really caught my eye is the statement, only repeated by you, ¨there are serious erosions to democratic governance in Nicalandia.¨ Allow me once again to say what I have said before on other occasions, and that is that I and many others know not of a time, before, during and not a this time for sure, of Nicaragua ever having a democratic government in the true sense of the word. The country seems to move in cycles and if the past is any precedent we are getting close to the end of another cycle. I and many others here in Nicaragua want the change, we only hope that it is achieved with civility and not violence, political violence that in the end brings more loses for the majority and huge gains for only a few.

blowing smoke

Nicaragua has a low murder rate, not a low crime rate. Nicaragua is a horribly crime-hidden country with theft, fraud, and family violence leading the way.

The gangs, drugs, and cartels are here but below the horizon. Right now, there is traditional turf in Mexico and easy pickings in Honduras so why bother with Nicaragua. When it finally hits, everone will say ``I never saw it coming``.

Like Noriega in Panama, it is well within the self interest of the Sandinistas to keep the drug trade down to a dull roar. They can`t afford the competition, for one.

One of the best things going for Nic. is the evangelicals--they keep their kids out of booze, drugs , and sandinismo. Can`t say much for their music, though!

"You can avoid reality, but you cannot avoid the consequences of avoiding reality." Ayn Rand


Its always the low murder rate they are so proud of. Its a distraction stat.

Most of us would look at other crime stats (muggings, burglary, street crime, petty theft) if we were looking at crime stats at all as a deciding factor on moving here or not.

Crime-hidden country

Yes we have teft, fraud, and family violence, and there are gangs and cartels of course, but wich country doesn´t . And if this is a symptom of the erosion of democratic governance then I must say that the good ol´ USA leads the way on that front, but I don´t hear anyone complaining about it, Blowing smoke indeed as you say.

Nice one Cyril....

It's a British was used to respond to anything well done or well said.