Interesting that your comparing the ENTIRE US with the amount of crime that is taking place in Ecuador, which is the size of one state in the US!Crime, if it ain´t among drunk or drugged ¨friends¨(anywhere in the world), seems to be almost universally opportunistic. Robbery is rampant in Quito and violent crime is on the rise as the President´s socialist agenda takes hold; his ¨help¨ to those in-need seems to be creating a cult-of-robbery. I´m not alone in this view; a show on this very topic was aired on TV Amazonas (I think)just the other night, and normal-everyday citizens are beginning to realize this and get ticked off. On the other hand, I read alot of US news, and kids shot at concerts (Gary, IN), a man toting guns into a Wal-Mart in Texas and then shot to death by cops outside, etc., etc. lead me to believe there is plenty of crime in the US to keep the Crime Scene Investigators busy. I have lost several car radios, a lap-top computer and other items to petty theft, but in all those cases I wasn´t as prudent as I should have been. At almost 2 meters tall and pretty strong looking, I don´t get personally accosted much. But, I have multiple store locations, and there is always the threat of robbery, armed or unarmed, as there would be in any city of size. My wife doesn´t agree, but my policy is to not back down; I carry, and have in my store, cans of pepper-spray. I have a ¨billy¨club and failing that, I have the heavy metal bar we use to close the store gate at night: could do some damage with that! But, for the visitor, things aren´t as bad as they can sound; you just have to be aware of your surroundings and location, again, as you would have to be in any big city. Just watch out for those bad-assed, kid-napping Colombians!
So all the kidnappings in Ecuador is from Colombians? Do you have statistics on that? Yes, in any large city in the world there is crime, but I have never seen or read of express kidnappings in any other country but Ecuador! People wall in their property, but window guard, and metal guards around their doors, and 'somehow' they still managed to get robbed, even in a gated community with an electric fence and security guards!
Correas was elected because he promised he would help the poor and the indigenous people. I do not see where he has helped any of these countrymen. Food costs have gone up, taxes have gone up, especially if your buying a home! And this year alone, taxes have gone up twice on automobiles, buy at least $1,800.00. Propane has gone up, Correa is talking about eliminating the gasoline subsidy also. He wants to promote hybreds, but what average citizen can afford to buy them??
Nothing for his government to promote business to come here, and there are few if ANY jobs! Relatives have been unemployed for the past 3 years. Correa has also gone after several companies because 'supposedly' the security guards are 'overpaid'!?!?!? One guard I know makes $1,000 a month with a family of 6. Correa is cutting his salary per month in HALF to $500.00. So is this making more people poor and not less? How is this helping the poor? And he calls the native peoples terrorists as they want their water rights back, per the constitution, and Correa wants to have mining rights, etc., etc.