Homicide rate

El Salvador’s homicide rate is down 59% in the first 7 months of 2020.

President Nayib Bukele’s territorial control plan has managed to reduce the homicide rate in El Salvador by 59% in the first seven months of 2020. The security plan enacted by President Bukele continues to show effectiveness in combating and reducing crime.

The result of the territorial control plan is that at the end of the first seven months of 2020, homicides in El Salvador were reduced by 59% compared to last year.

At the end of July 2020, the Salvadoran National Police, PNC counted 696 homicides; in the same months in 2019, the country had 1,730 reported murders. That is 1,034 fewer violent deaths in the country.

This means that the average daily murders in the country in these seven months has been 3.26 compared to 8.12 in 2019.

Additionally, since the implementation of the Territorial Control Plan, El Salvador has had 28 days without murders; this is something never seen before in El Salvador since the end of the civil war in 1992.

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“The Territorial Control Plan is barely in the first phase, let’s imagine our country without the Legislative Assembly blocking the other phases of the plan.”
President Nayib Bukele.

Phases of the Territorial Control Plan.

Unquestionably, Nayib Bukele’s security plan is producing results, at least in phase one. The president is waiting for the Legislative Assembly to approve the financing of phases two and three.

President Bukele’s security strategy consists of 7 phases that will be implemented over five years.

The Government, since last year, has requested that the Legislative Assembly approves a loan for a total of $200 million for phases 2 and 3.

From these funds, $109 million are designed for the modernization of the National Police force, PNC, and the Naval Force.

However, on January 30, 2020, the Finance Commission of the Legislative Assembly withdrew the favorable opinion to approve the loans. Since then, the Legislative Assembly has refused to bring a bill to the floor that will include the approval of the funds.

Even though the security plan is producing favorable results, it is unlikely that phases two and three will commence this year.

El Salvador will have an election in 8 months. Nayib Bukele’s opposition, FMLN, and ARENA are doing their best to reduce Nayib Bukele’s high approval ratings.

If things go accordingly to what the latest polls are showing, Nayib Bukele’s political party “Nuevas Ideas” will have the majority in the Legislative branch in 2021.

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Homicide rate in El Salvador.

It is good news that the murder rate in El Salvador was reduced by 59% in seven months.

Two individuals that deserve credit for this achievement are Rogelio Rivas, the Minister of Justice and Public Security, as well as Rene Merino Monroy, the Defense Minister.