The city's most violent year on record was 1993, with nearly 81 homicides per 100,000 inhabitants.Since then, homicides have continued to decrease overall, asides from certain key years which did see a rise in violence.One such period was between 2004 to 2005, when two rival paramilitary blocs of the United Self Defense Forces of Colombia (AUC) were fighting one another.
The report goes on to break down crime dynamics neighborhood by neighborhood, noting that the center of the city has traditionally been controlled by paramilitary and drug trafficking groups, and that the most prevalent crimes are car theft and robbery.
Peripheral neighborhoods, once controlled by guerrilla militias, suffer more from violence connected to the microtrafficking trade and rivalries between local street gangs.
Bogota's most violent years coincided with periods in which firearms were used to commit the majority of homicides, the report notes.
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