The head of the Argentine Cabinet, Jorge Capitanich, admitted on Sunday that the growing lack of security in the country has become “a problem,” although he added that an increase in resources for the security forces “is not the best way to fight it.”
In an interview with a local television station, Capitanich said that the increase in lack of security “is not resolved only with more patrol cars, police or cameras,” but rather by working on “social inclusion (and) ... distributive equity.”
“Public safety is a multicausal phenomenon. When one makes a sidewalk, public lighting, guarantees access to education or health care one is doing something against lack of security,” he said.
Capitanich said that the rise in crime and lack of security in general constitute “a world problem” that has to do with the “indices of greater population concentration due to growth in the rates of urbanization.”
“If one compares (Buenos Aires) with the rest of the densely populated cities of Latin America, one obtains a lower index,” he stated.
Lack of security is in first place among the concerns of Argentines, according to a recent survey conducted by the Raul Aragon & Asociados consulting firm and published by local media.
The study shows that in February 43.2 percent of Argentines felt that crime was the country’s main problem, ranking it higher than inflation (22 percent) or corruption (3.1 percent).
The government of Buenos Aires province announced on Saturday that it will strengthen security measures on public buses after the murder of a driver last week that resulted in a work stoppage in the sector and protests staged by thousands of citizens.
Capitanich also said that “the cases (of lack of safety) occur in different places and that requires clearly defining responsibilities. Public safety is the responsibility of the provinces, but the popular perception is to hold the national government responsible.”
“What can the national government do? What it’s doing. Put reinforcements in place, take charge of specific responsibilities in places where appropriate and establish a mechanism of intervention,” he said.