CURICÓ – This week, two Chilean policemen in Curicó were attacked by a civilian. An incident as violent as this against the police does not occur too often. Chile is a safe country, not only for policemen but for tourists and Chileans as well.
Last Friday night, Sergeant Wladimir Molina Valdivia and officer Jorge Troncoso went to a house in response to a domestic violence complaint.
Upon their arrival, they started questioning a woand slashed his face.
The officers ultimately subdued and arrested the attacker, and Molina was later taken to Carabineros Institutional Hospital in Santiago, where he received first aid, including 37 stitches.
Crimes against Carabineros such as these are rare, but they happen from time to time. In 2016, a movement called “No More” was created, asking for a bill that establishes life insurance for Chilean officials who are victims of violence. The movement started marches when two sergeants, Hans Knopke and Luis Díaz Manríquez, were assaulted by four minors who stole a car in Ovalle, La Serena.
A safe country
Immigrants, tourists and businesspersons choose Chile because the crime rates are lower than in any other Latin American country.
Numbeo.com reported in January 2019 that this Latin American country has “high” and “moderate” rates of safety, especially in the southern and central parts.
Similarly, according to the 2017 Public Safety Report of the U.S. Department of State Travel Advisory, the security environment in Chile is considered moderately safe, with comparatively less violent crime than in other Latin American countries.
Pickpocketing, telephone scams, vehicle thefts, and residential break-ins are the most common crimes. Violent crime also occurs, most often in the form of carjackings, home invasions, and muggings; however, express and traditional kidnappings and random shootings are almost non-existent.
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