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Police patch of the Suriname police.
Police patch of the Suriname police.

This article discusses crime in Suriname.

Crime by type


Further information: List of countries by intentional homicide rate

In 2012, Suriname had a murder rate of 6.1 per 100,000 population.[1] There were a total of 33 murders in Suriname in 2012.[1]

Illegal drug trade

Suriname is a transit zone for South American cocaine en route to Europe, Africa and to a lesser extent the U.S.[2] Inadequate resources, limited law enforcement training, the absence of a law enforcement presence in the interior, and lack of aircraft or sufficient numbers of patrol boats limit the capacity of the government to control its borders.[2]

There have been sporadic instances of drug trade-related violence between individuals associated with competing drug trafficking organizations.[2] These have included assassinations, drive-by shootings, and hand grenades tossed over residential walls.[2]


Robbery, including thefts of backpacks and purses, pickpocketing,[3] theft of jewelry (especially necklaces), and cell phones are regular occurrences.[2] These incidents often occur in those areas frequented by foreigners.[2] Tourist areas are common targets for thieves and muggers who often rob victims of their possessions during the hours of darkness.[2] Residential burglaries are an issue.[2][3]

There have been reports of tourists and foreigners being robbed while traveling in the countryside, and occasional reports of bandits on rural roads.[2][3] There have been reports of attacks against fishing boats in and around the waters of Suriname.[3]

By location


While some areas of Paramaribo are safer than others, there are no areas that can be considered completely safe.[2] Criminals move without restriction into and out of neighborhoods where expatriates live, often utilizing scooters or motorcycles to evade police.[2] The Paramaribo Central area and the Palmentuin (Palm Garden) area are known to be less than safe after dark.[2][3] Pick pocketing and robbery are increasingly common in the major business and shopping districts in Paramaribo.[3][4]

There were a dozen murders of homeless men in Paramaribo between 2006 and 2014, with some of the killings appearing to be ritualistic.[5]

Crime dynamics

Criminals often carry firearms and other weapons and do not hesitate to use them, especially if victims resist.[2] Although the possession of handguns is illegal, many criminals possess them.[2]

See also


  1. ^ a b Global Study on Homicide. United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, 2013.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n "Suriname 2014 Crime and Safety Report", Overseas Security Advisory Council, US State Department, 22 August 2014.
  3. ^ a b c d e f "Suriname travel advice - Safety and security", United Kingdom Government foreign travel advice.
  4. ^ Levinson, David (2002). Encyclopedia of Crime and Punishment. SAGE. ISBN 978-0-7619-2258-2.
  5. ^ "Homeless slayings in Suriname capital go unsolved", Jamaica Observer, February 09, 2014.