According to a recent AP report, police in Puerto Rico said earlier today (November 16) that three people died overnight in separate incidents, raising the 2011's homicide toll to 995 on the island of 4 million people. That matches a 1994 record with six weeks left to go in the year.
COMMENT: An October survey of 1,000 people published this week by the newspaper EL NUEVO DIA indicates that Puerto Ricans are more concerned about crime than any other issue and 83% say that they now limit the amount of time spent outside their home. Fifteen percent said they have bought a firearm.
Although much of the violent crime in Puerto Rico is linked to drug use and drug trafficking, the reality is that it is mostly innocent citizens that are being injured and killed.