In the San Jose and surrounding areas, according to recent figures released by the government, the murder rate has doubled in the last 15 years.(1)

Violence and illicit drugs are the primary concerns for Costa Rican citizens. (2) A 2011 survey states that violence continues to be the primary concern of the citizen.
Violence increases at a growing rate unless there is a deliberate intervention and prevention.

1.Estado de la Nación con los datos del Poder Judicial

2.Villalobos, Carlos A. (2009). “Delincuencia se dispara como principal problema del país.” La Nacion.  3 December 2009.