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Latin Security 2007: Best & Worst

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The best and worst countries in Latin America in terms of corporate and personal safety.

BY CHRONICLE STAFF

As Rio de Janeiro started its annual carnival celebrations last week, much of the city was in mourning over the death a week earlier of a 6-year old boy who was dragged to death after his mother's car was carjacked. Meanwhile, the murder last week of an Italian tourist in Cartagena, a Colombian resort city normally considered one of the safest places in Latin America, shocked foreigners and locals alike. The Italian was killed when she and her husband were mugged by attackers on motorcycles.

"There is a slight worsening in the region’s public security [although] there are some exceptions," says Frank Holder, founder of Holder International and senior managing director of FTI Consulting.

Both Brazil and Colombia are among the most dangerous countries in Latin America for business executives, while Chile and Costa Rica are the safest, according to the Latin Security Index of 18 Latin American countries developed by Holder International for Latin Business Chronicle.

The index measures the danger level in each country based on homicide...

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