Chapter 15. Violence in the Caribbean: Cost and Impact
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Crime—particularly violent crime—is pervasive in the Caribbean and imposes a serious economic and social burden on the countries in the region. An average of 40 percent of the Caribbean population identifies crime and security-related issues as the overarching problem facing their countries, even more so than poverty or inequality.1 In several Caribbean countries, crime has risen sharply since 2007, with homicide rates more than doubling (UNODC/World Bank 2007; UNDP 2012).