We all have the right to feel safe and secure as citizens of the United States “Everyone has the right to life, liberty and security of person”; Article 1 of the American Declaration of the Rights and Duties of Man: “Every human being has the right to life, liberty and the security of his person”; Article 7 of the American Convention on Human Rights: “Every person has the right to personal liberty and security”; and Article 9 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights: “Everyone has the right to liberty and security of person”. This set of rights includes the right to life, the right to physical integrity, the right to freedom, the right to due process and the right to the use and enjoyment of one’s property.

Citizens have the right to feel secure and protected in their daily lives. The last decade has awakened to the growing impact crime has on society as a whole. Violence and conflict have traveled beyond this nation –it’s a worldwide epidemic. Many countries are threatened by harsh security challenges of organized crime, such as narco-trafficking and kidnapping, corruption, juvenile crime, and youth gangs. Crime, violence and conflict go hand in hand with anxiety and fear, while citizens’ struggle to feel safe and secure in their own environment. 

Economic development is hindered by lack of interested parties wanting to make investments. If the public doubts the credibility of the ruling government, outrage follows by disgruntled and non-trusting American citizens. In a nutshell-- sloppy citizen security may affect different divisions of the population and result in both direct and indirect social, economic and political costs.