According to the organization Citizen Council for Public Safety and Criminal Justice, San Salvador has not been one of the top 50 most dangerous cities in the world since 2019.
The cities of ElSalvador (in particular the capital city, San Salvador) disappeared from the map of the 50 most violent cities in the world in 2019. In 2015, San Salvador was ranked third. It is an extraordinary result that must be recognized.”
Being out of the top 50 most dangerous cities is great for San Salvador, considering that San Salvador had been part of the list since 2008 and was 3rd in 2015.
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Citizen Council for Public Safety and Criminal Justice is a civil society organization that emerged in July 2002. The nonpartisan, secular, and independent organization has been creating the list of the top 50 most dangerous cities since 2002.
Safety has Improve in San Salvador
Safety and security have improved in the nation’s capital and the entire country. Thanks to the effort by the Salvadoran police and armed forces, 2021 set a record low in homicides nationally.
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The record low in homicides under the Nayib Bukele administration has greatly benefited San Salvador. The nation’s capital is not even the most dangerous city in El Salvador.
Most Dangerous Cities in El Salvador 2021
The most dangerous cities or municipalities in El Salvador in 2021 were are Ciudad Delgado, Apopa, San Salvador, Colon, Ilopango, Mejicanos, Ahuachapan, San Miguel, Santa Ana, and Tonacatepeque. It is based on the rate of homicides per 100,000 inhabitants and a population of over 100,000 people.
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San Salvador, the capital of the nation, ranks 3rd when the population is over 100,000 people. If we include cities or municipalities with over 50,000 people, San Salvador ranks 8th.
Can San Salvador stay out of the list?
If the government continues its efforts to fight organized crime, San Salvador can stay out of the 50 most dangerous cities in the world.
The Nayib Bukele territory control plan has implemented strategies in San Salvador that have produced excellent results. The Capital city is the most densely populated area in the country.
The Bukele territorial control plan has only been in effect for 2 1/2 years with positive results. 2020 set a record low in homicides; it was broken again in 2021.
However, the U.S. Government has
accused and sanctioned members of the Bukele administration of negotiating a secret truce with gangs to reduce homicides.
If the accusations of a truce are true, then the homicide rate might be in jeopardy.
San Salvador is Safer now!
Safety in San Salvador can improve; there is plenty of room for it. But for now, locals can see a change in how things are in the capital city. Overall, people are optimistic and feel safer in San Salvador.
The city of San Salvador is safer than it was during most of the 2010s. Don’t get me wrong; San Salvador still has areas that are not safe; nevertheless, the hope is that it changes soon.
Salvadorans are extremely happy that San Salvador is not on the list of the top 50 most dangerous cities in the world.