Source: Al Jazeera

Costa Rica’s rapidly rising murder rate concerns voters

February 14, 2018 | Brainwave Science



Costa Rica is currently facing an unprecedented rise in the murder rate. 2017 came with the highest number of homicides ever, concerning voters. Drug trafficking fueled this violence and the murder increase in the area. The local authorities face problems when trying to deal with this situation. The murder rate in Costa Rica is expected to be higher in 2018 than in 2017, as cartels grow in power.

Authorities say that Costa Rica suffered a change and now, criminals have more, better weapons than before; the issue of drug trafficking wasn’t present in this region before. Part of the police’s strategy to fight back is to show a presence, trying to reassure citizens of their efforts.

Costa Rica’s crime rate is still far lower than in other countries in the same region. The most vulnerable to this increasing crime rate are the young people and the poor.

Walter Espinoza, Judicial Police Director, declared that the issue is a countrywide matter and can’t be solved by the police alone. Espinoza declared that this is also about access to education, better job opportunities and creating better conditions for family, increasing their quality of life.




The increasing crime rate in Costa Rica and throughout other countries in the area poses a real threat. Police organizations are forced to adapt and evolve to remain effective in a changing world, where criminals find new ways of causing harm. Law enforcement faces difficulties in finding and securing evidence to verify a victim, witness or suspect’s threat to citizens. Effective investigation and prosecution of criminal activities require proactive evidence collection and verification methods. Without these, agents can’t successfully identify criminals before or after the offenses take place.

DNA and fingerprints are types of evidence considered to be highly accurate but are only available in 1-2% of cases. Law enforcement agents struggle to cope with sophisticated 21st-century threats primarily due to conventional technologies and traditional methods of collecting intelligence.

As the current situation in Costa Rica is expected to worsen, authorities need a strategy change that can aid them in their fight and help keep the citizens safe.




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For Costa Rica police, the iCognative solution can sustain their efforts of keeping the streets safe, along with its citizens. This technology can also aid in the drug trafficking issue that is causing the high murder rate in the area. With its use, officers can easily distinguish between suspects and innocents.

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Al Jazeera


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