El Salvador registers the lowest annualized homicide rate on the continent.

El Salvador closed last Monday, February 6, with a record of zero homicides nationwide, meaning there have been four consecutive days without deaths due to violence, according to statistics from the National Civil Police (PNC).

In the early hours of this February 7, the president of the republic, Nayib Bukele, indicated that: “to this day, the annualized homicide rate in El Salvador is 1.8 per 100,000 inhabitants. The lowest in all of America, below that of Canada.

According to CNN, Canada had an annualized homicide rate of 1.97 per 100,000 inhabitants as of May 2022.

The reduction in the annualized homicide rate in El Salvador is attributed to the implementation of the Territorial Control Plan during the emergency regime, which is executed jointly by the PNC and the Armed Forces, who have also fenced off strategic areas that for decades were listed as “high risk” due to the threat of gangs.