Eric, What you have said is absolutely true. As you have probably surmised, the police here are not very well trained or efficient. I can't say more than that on a website. I mix more with Argentines than expats and I hear the same that you hear - complaints about the crime situation. None of my Argentine friends comment on the "safety" of Buenos Aires. Some have actually told me that they feel quite safe in New York but not here. I have the feeling that many expats here have not lived in big cities in the US. Maybe they have a false idea about the extent of crime in major US cities - that is crime in good neighborhoods. As you pointed out, there is a lot of crime here in Recoleta, Barrio Norte, Palermo, Zona Norte - the best parts of the BA metropolitan area. A lot of the crime is directed against the elderly. I just don't know people in the US who have been kidnapped, broken into and tied down to chairs while they were robbed, drugged and robbed, held up in restaurants etc. I do know Americans who wandered into marginal areas of American cities and had problems however I think that is a different matter. Looking at crime statistics that show higher crime rates in New York is not meaningful unless you can compare where the crimes occur and the nature of the crimes.