Crime knocks nightlife in Santiago - The escalating crime rate in Santiago is causing major job losses, the new president of the Santiago Association of Business and Industry (ACIS) told Listin Diario. Sandy Filpo says that people are selling their homes to move to apartments where they feel safer, but first floor apartments are in least demand. He said that nightlife was practically restricted to the Zona Monumental, where security is known to be good.

Juan Marte, speaking for taxi drivers, said that of around 6,000 taxi drivers who worked nights two or three years ago, now there are only around 500 doing night shifts.

Filpo said that the Police may be patrolling the streets, but this is not enough if the factors that generate crime and violence continue. He believes that the increase in crime has a lot to do with unemployment and poverty. Santiago has now the look of many Latin American cities where stores and homes are behind protective bars, he said.

Juan Castillo, of the Alerta security company, says that the people of Santiago, so open and friendly, have had to change. Eddy Alvarez, director of the school of economy at UTESA University says that the insecurity that has affected night activities has eliminated many jobs. He said that people now prefer to stay at home.

The Police say that violent deaths in Santiago were down in 2010, compared to 2009. Violent deaths declined from 41 of every 100,000 inhabitants in 2009 to 16 of every 100,000 inhabitants in 2010.


Dominican Watchdog Note:

That amout of murders still put DR in the top of the catagory. In more than 66 countries the murder rate is less than 2.0 and in Denmark the murder rate was 0.85 per 100,000 (excluding attempts in 2010 according to Wikipedia


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