Report : Crime and violence are the greatest threat to safety to 43% Latin America and the Caribbean
More than two in five people (43%) from Latin America and the Caribbean believe that crime and violence are the greatest threat to their safety, while over one-third (37%) would permanently move to another country, a new global report shows.
People across Latin America and the Caribbean are also more aware of the threat of climate change than in almost any other region of the world, behind only Northern/Western and Southern Europe. Only 15% of people from the region did not view climate change as a threat, compared with higher figures in developed regions including Eastern Europe (26%), Northern America (24%) and Australia/New Zealand (19%), and much higher figures in regions such as Northern Africa and Eastern Asia where more than four in 10 people did not recognize the threat.
Dr. Sarah Cumbers, Director of Evidence and Insight at Lloyd’s Register Foundation, said: “The World Risk Poll is designed to provide insight for policymakers into which risks are most affecting the lives of populations across the world, and our findings will help them work with communities to make people safer.
“It provides a unique resource to analyze both global and regional trends, and the results from Latin America and the Caribbean should not be ignored. In the midst of a global pandemic, the continued fear of violence and crime shows that greater action must be taken to improve safety.
“Globally, especially in regions that already face widespread poverty and instability, governments and other policymakers must work with communities to build strategies to protect people from future pandemics that also account for the other risks they may now find themselves even more vulnerable to.”
Funding is available from Lloyd’s Register Foundation for further research and interventions using World Risk Poll data to reduce risk