Anti crime programs: An evaluation of Comuna Segura Program

Dante Contreras
Rodrigo Montero
Jose Miguel Benavente
Estudios de Economía



The aim of this paper is to evaluate the impact that the anti-crime program
Comuna Segura: Compromiso 100 had on the reporting rate of different types
of crimes. This program, implemented in Chile starting in 2001, was very highly
criticized and, therefore, was eliminated in 2006. This paper provides statistical
evidence, using the impact assessment methodology, which shows that the program
was successful in increasing the reporting rate in targeted municipalities and
also in decreasing levels of crimes associated with other crimes, such as rape.
All this underlies the importance of carrying out formal impact assessments
in order to determine benefits that are associated with a particular program.
However, financial issues are also very important too and it is necessary to take
them in account when making a fair statement about the cost-effectiveness of
the program. This point is, however, not addressed in this paper but should be
kept in mind in order to have a complete picture of the program.