According to data released by the Criminal Analysis and Planning Directory (DAC), you’d better lock your door and throw away the key if you live in Palermo: in 2015, it was the neighborhood in the City of Buenos Aires that saw the most home robberies. Meanwhile, Balvanera was listed as the barrio in which you were most likely to get robbed on the street.
Some other fun facts: DAC findings indicate that most robberies occur between 6 and 8 PM (as people leave work), but that Sunday is the most popular robbery day (no weekend breaks for thieves!) There were a total of 51,137 reported robberies in 2015.
Interestingly, neighborhoods such as La Boca and Barracas — reputed for supposedly high crime rates — showed relatively low numbers of robberies.
Palermo, the popular tourist and immigrant (expat) neighborhood that some call “The Bubble” (get it yet?) is apparently a a target for crime (figures). It ranks first in home robberies and comes in third for street robberies.
Balvanera ranked as the most dangerous for street robberies, as highlighted below in purple. Flores and Palermo came in second and third, respectively.
In an interview with Infobae, DAC head Diego Garcia Yomha emphasized the importance of statistical analysis in the effort to combat crime. “It is important to have a strategic vision of the conflict, to study and analyze phenomena. The judicial system processes each case without a look [at the bigger picture].” He explained that since the beginning of 2015, police have used a new software called N2 to create crime maps from the data, highlighting hotbeds of crime.
DAC hopes that these statistics will help give a macro look at crime and help the police target specific areas. Of course, like all crime data, this information is subject to the bias of non-reporting, a phenomenon that usually makes dangerous areas where crime routine appear safer.