Oct 9, 2015

The other crime victims: 68 percent of Mexicans live in fear

El Daily Post: Every three months the Mexican government publishes a survey on "security perception" and every three months the results are equally discouraging. More than two thirds of the urban population feel their surroundings are unsafe. That means they may not wear the jewelry they want to, or carry cash, or let their kids out alone or even take a walk around the neighborhood in the evening. Those and other quality-of-life sacrifices make them crime victims, even if they've never suffered a criminal act.

Public security experts will tell you that the number of crime victims exceeds the number of those who have actually suffered some kind of criminal act. That’s because living in fear of crime — and changing your behavior as a result — makes you a crime victim. Read more.

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