Colombia News – At least 24 people were recorded dead in violent crimes during New Year celebrations across Colombia, police reported.
Police commander Rodolfo Palomino said on Thursday that the death toll shows a 33-percent drop from last year. He said 36 people died in violent incidents during New Year celebrations in 2014.
“New Year in Colombia saw a significant reduction in crime,” he told reporters.
Palomino added that 98.6 percent of municipalities in the South American country did not report any violence.
He noted that 113 guns and 2,056 knives were seized by police overnight Wednesday, which he said are higher numbers than the usual seizures in one day.
More than 70,000 police were deployed in Colombia on New Year’s Eve, who dealt with 3,292 incidents.
According to the UN, Colombia has one of the highest homicide rates in South America, after only Honduras and Venezuela, with 43.9 deaths per 100,000 people.