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Ecuador Murder

Readers often write asking about murder in Ecuador.

See our Ecuador Multiple Listing here.


We find Ecuador people kind.

There are some murders…. like anywhere… but nothing it seems like in Mexico or Colombia.

Ecuadorians are kind and gentle by nature.


In fact a report from San Diego State University entitled “Crime & Society a comparative criminology report of the world” says:  “The overall crime rate in Ecuador is low compared to industrialized countries”.


The indigenous code (more than half the population of Ecuador are indigenous) is…


“Do Not Lie.”


“Do not Steal”.


“Do Not be Lazy”.

Here is an excerpt from that San Diego State report:  An analysis was done using INTERPOL data for Ecuador. For purpose of comparison, data were drawn for the seven offenses used to compute the United States FBI’s index of crime. Index offenses include murder, forcible rape, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, larceny, and motor vehicle theft. The combined total of these offenses constitutes the Index used for trend calculation purposes. Ecuador will be compared with Japan (country with a low crime rate) and USA (country with a high crime rate). According to the INTERPOL data, for murder, the rate in 1999 was 25.92 per 100,000 population for Ecuador, 1.10 for Japan, and 5.51 for USA. For rape, the rate in 1999 was 6.2 for Ecuador, compared with 1.78 for Japan and 32.05 for USA. For robbery, the rate in 1999 was 95.85 for Ecuador, 4.08 for Japan, and 144.92 for USA. For aggravated assault, the rate in 1999 was 35.59 for Ecuador, 23.78 for Japan, and 323.62 for USA. For burglary, the rate in 1999 was 164.52 for Ecuador, 233.60 for Japan, and 728.42 for USA. The rate of larceny for 1999 was 138.32 for Ecuador, 1401.26 for Japan, and 2475.27 for USA. The rate for motor vehicle theft in 1999 was 52.87 for Ecuador, compared with 44.28 for Japan and 414.17 for USA. The rate for all index offenses combined was 519.27 for Ecuador, compared with 1709.88 for Japan and 4123.97 for USA. Only in the rate of murder does Ecuador exceed industrialized countries.

Murder may be higher than in the industrialized nations, but I have never seen evidence of hate crimes like this one mentioned in  The New York Times on April 19, 2010.

The article said:  L.I. Teenager Guilty of Manslaughter in Fatal Stabbing of Immigrant

Jeffrey Conroy, the Long Island teenager accused of stabbing and killing an Ecuadorean immigrant, Marcelo Lucero, in a racially motivated attack, was convicted on Monday of manslaughter as a hate crime.

After four days of deliberations, the jury also found Mr. Conroy guilty of attempted assaults on three other Hispanic men.

He was acquitted of the most serious of the 20 charges against him, second-degree murder as a hate crime, which could have meant life in prison. Mr. Conroy, 19, faces a minimum of eight years and a maximum of 25 years when he is sentenced on May 26.

In fact my feeling is that expats are safer than the local population.  I have never seen any “Gringo Go Home” graffiti.

Pickpockets zero in on tourists without a doubt… but residents in Ecuador mostly tell me they feel very safe… safer than back in the US.

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Read  “Crime & Society a comparative criminology report of the world”