Chile receives technical assistance from UNODC for the methodological update of the 2023 ENUSC

Mexico City, August 17, 2022. The UNODC-INEGI Center of Excellence, the National Institute of Statistics (INE) of Chile and the Ministry of Interior and Public Safety, through its Undersecretariat of Crime Prevention, held their first technical meeting to update the methodology of the National Urban Survey on Citizen Security (ENUSC) for its 2023 round.

INE and the Ministry of the Interior were the pioneers in the Latin American region in implementing a institutionalized and specialized national victimization survey on an annual basis since 2003, and since the creation of the Latin America and the Caribbean Crime Victimization Survey Initiative (LACSI), it has been part of the Working Group contributing its experiences and knowledge on this topic. Throughout these 18 rounds, Chilean institutions have sought to adapt to the criminal reality of their country and the region, so the 2023 round is no exception and will take up the most updated international recommendations of UNODC and the experiences of countries that have implemented LACSI in recent years.

Thus, the UNODC-INEGI Center of Excellence will be providing technical assistance in the process of updating the measurement of victimization and perception of insecurity in Chile in the coming months to update the methodological documentation, including the questionnaire. The CoE has so far provided technical assistance on victimization surveys to 14 countries in the region based on the recommendations of LACSI, the International Classification of Crime for Statistical Purposes (ICCS) and the Manual on Victimization Surveys, with Chile being the 15th.

This update will provide INE with representative information that can continue to be used to monitor the country’s public policy on crime prevention and attention, as well as to be compared with other countries in the region in a more homogeneous way and finally, to monitor the progress of the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals, especially Goal 11: Sustainable Cities & Communities and Goal 16: Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions.