Archive: 2014

How Smartphone Apps Can Improve Citizen Security in LatAm

WHAT WORKS / 18 DEC 2014

A new smartphone application from Brazil maps where various types of crimes occurred and offers users the safest route home, in just one example of how the technology provided by…

Top Urabeños Hit Man Captured in Spain

COLOMBIA / 18 DEC 2014

An alleged high-ranking member of Colombia's most powerful criminal group, the Urabeños, was recently captured in Spain, which may be a sign of increasing competition for European drug markets between…

Hong Kong Seizes Record Shipment of Honduran Wood

ENVIRONMENTAL CRIME / 18 DEC 2014

Authorities in Hong Kong have seized rosewood from Honduras in what is reportedly the largest seizure of protected wood in the last ten years, highlighting how the demand for wood…

What the New US-Cuba Deal Means for Organized Crime, Security

CARIBBEAN / 17 DEC 2014

The US hasn't provided any specific details about what a historic new deal with Cuba means in terms of security and counternarcotics policy -- an area where limited collaboration between…

Colombia to Extradite Paramilitary Drug Capo ‘Don Mario’

AUC / 17 DEC 2014

Colombia's President Juan Manuel Santos has signed the order that will send drug trafficker and former paramilitary chief Daniel Rendon Herrera, alias "Don Mario," to the US, following a drawn…

Jamaica Police Killings Drop Sharply in 2014

JAMAICA / 17 DEC 2014

Jamaica is on track to report just over 100 killings by police officers this year, drastically lower than the 258 reported fatal shootings by security forces in 2013 -- a…

Mexico Vigilante Gun Battle Leaves 11 Dead

MEXICO / 17 DEC 2014

A two-hour gun battle between rival Rural Defense Force factions in Mexico reportedly left 11 people dead, a sign that elements of this government-supported force remain caught up in a conflict…

Panama Spent 7% of GDP on Security: Does it Add Up?

PANAMA / 17 DEC 2014

Panama, one of the most peaceful countries in Central America, reportedly spent about 7 percent of its GDP on preventing and dealing with violence last year, far less than its…

Mexico Tortured ‘Perpetrators’ of Student Massacre: Report

HUMAN RIGHTS / 16 DEC 2014

A journalistic investigation casts serious doubts on the official version of the disappearance of 43 students in Mexico, alleging that federal police participated in the attacks and that suspects were…

Are Rio’s Criminal Gangs at War with the Police?

BRAZIL / 16 DEC 2014

Police in Rio de Janerio have staged protests against rising anti-police violence. But are the growing numbers of murders the result of a general deterioration in security, or is Brazil…

Drug Clan Highlights Structure of Peru Organized Crime

BOLIVIA / 16 DEC 2014

Authorities in Peru have dismantled a drug trafficking clan and seized over $11 million dollars in assets in a case that sheds light on the nature of Peruvian organized crime…

Conflict in Mexico’s South Spurs Guerrilla Worries

EPR / 16 DEC 2014

The disappearance and presumed death of 43 student protesters in Iguala, Guerrero has sparked concerns of a new surge of guerilla movements in southern Mexico, but just how likely is…

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InSight Crime Events – Border Crime: The Northern Triangle and Tri-Border Area

ARGENTINA / 25 JAN 2021

Through several rounds of extensive field investigations, our researchers have analyzed and mapped out the main illicit economies and criminal groups present in 39 border departments spread across the six countries of study – the Northern Triangle trio of Guatemala, Honduras, and El…

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InSight Crime’s ‘Memo Fantasma’ Investigation Wins Simón Bolívar National Journalism Prize

COLOMBIA / 20 NOV 2020

The staff at InSight Crime was awarded the prestigious Simón Bolívar national journalism prize in Colombia for its two-year investigation into the drug trafficker known as “Memo Fantasma,” which was…

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InSight Crime – From Uncovering Organized Crime to Finding What Works

COLOMBIA / 12 NOV 2020

This project began 10 years ago as an effort to address a problem: the lack of daily coverage, investigative stories and analysis of organized crime in the Americas. …