Mon. Apr 22nd, 2019

Homicides in Colombia decreased by 6.61% during the first 4 months of the year

Homicides in Colombia decreased by 6.61% during the first 4 months of the year



In the first four months of the year, 3,291 homicides occurred, representing a decrease of 6.61% compared to the same period in 2018, the Attorney General's Office of Colombia reported Monday.

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The accuser explained in a statement that, between January 1 and April 10, 2018, the entity registered 3,524 homicides, a total of 233 murders more than in the period analyzed this year.

"In 527 municipalities, crimes occurred, four fewer than in the first three months of the previous year," the report added, based on a report from the Fiscal Census of the Office of the Prosecutor.

The departments in which the murders decreased the most were Antioquia (60), Nariño (53), Cundinamarca (39), Atlántico (26) and Meta (21).

In the departmental capitals, homicide was reduced by 9.83%, from 1,495 victims in 2018 to 1,348 this year.

The city with the highest decrease in homicides was Cali, with 71 cases, followed by Bogotá (32), Barranquilla (18), Villavicencio (15) and Manizales (12).

Also, in Quibdó there were 10 fewer homicides, in Popayán seven and in San Andrés and Pasto six in each.

The Office added that domestic violence is the main cause of homicides, with 67.86%, followed by fights (66.42%), robberies (34.62%) and contract killings (16.13%).

Similarly, the entity highlighted that the rate of murders clarified in the first 100 days of this year rose by 8%, going from 18.84% in 2018 to 26.86%.

"Femicide is the modality that reached the highest level of clarification in the first quarter of 2019 (85.42%). Of 48 known femicides, there were significant advances in 41," the report concluded.

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