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Unregulated Private Security Firms Fuel LatAm Crime, Violence: Report

BRAZIL / 27 MAR 2018

A new report says that a lack of regulation of private security companies in Latin America is having negative impacts on security and at times facilitates criminal activities, underscoring how…

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El Salvador Struggles to Enforce Regulations on Private Security Firms

EL SALVADOR / 31 OCT 2017

Police in El Salvador say that a legal technicality is preventing them from holding private security agencies accountable for offenses they commit, highlighting the difficulty of ensuring sufficient oversight…

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Is Guatemala's Booming Private Security Industry Benefiting Org Crime?

GUATEMALA / 21 JUL 2016

The growing number of private security firms in Guatemala speaks to the state's inability to provide protection for its citizens, but this booming industry is vulnerable to criminal co-option and…

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Just One Percent of Guatemala Private Security Guards Operate Legally

GUATEMALA / 14 JUL 2014

The Guatemala government said that 99 percent of the country's private security guards are working illegally,as efforts to regulate the booming private security sector -- which has been accused of…

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'Private Security Companies a Cover for Criminals in Honduras'

HONDURAS / 25 MAR 2013

Criminal groups in Honduras are allegedly taking advantage of the proliferation of private security firms by setting up their own companies as a cover for their illicit activities.

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Illegal Firearms Arrests Highlight Lax Private Security Regulation in Guatemala

GUATEMALA / 26 OCT 2012

Between two and three private security guards are arrested for possession of illegal arms each week in Guatemala City, according to a new report, highlighting concerns over the lack of…

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Private Security Firms are Unfortunate Necessity in Central America

GUATEMALA / 22 OCT 2012

The private security sector in Central America is large and growing fast, raising concerns about the lack of proper oversight of the industry as well as the shortage of resources…

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High Number of Private Security in Bolivia Capital a Worrying Sign

BOLIVIA / 10 SEP 2012

There are currently over 550 private security guards working in the Bolivian capital La Paz, an alarmingly high number that points to the public distrust of the country's police force…

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Private Juarez: a Border Town's Security Revolution

JUAREZ CARTEL / 10 JUL 2013

In 2010 Ciudad Juarez was one of the most violent and dangerous cities in the world, a frontline battleground in the "War on Drugs." Then, in 2011, the crime rate began…

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Private Jets Laden With Cocaine Travel from Brazil to Europe

BRAZIL / 21 APR 2021

Business jets are on the radar of European authorities after the dismantling of a ring that used private aircraft to smuggle cocaine from Brazil to Portugal.

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Jamaica Bets on Security Overhaul to Stem Bloodshed, Improve Anti-Crime Fight

JAMAICA / 1 APR 2021

After recording the highest murder rate in Latin America and the Caribbean in 2020, Jamaica is already seeing an uptick in violence this year, with an average of more than…

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Costa Rica Passes Law to Destroy Illegal Runways on Private Property

COCAINE / 29 SEP 2020

A new law in Costa Rica, that looks to destroy illegal landingstrips, could provide an opportunity to control flights and close the country’s airways for drug traffickers. Nevertheless, reducing the…

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Organized Crime’s Influence on Gender-Based Violence

30 JUN 2021

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Conversation with Paraguay Judicial Operators on PCC

24 JUN 2021

InSight Crime Co-director Steven Dudley formed part of a panel attended by over 500 students, all of whom work in Paraguay's judicial system.