Houses in El Salvador vs. United States (C) 2017

El Salvador is very much known for its very high crime rates. Another thing El Salvador is known for is La Mara Salvatrucha, which is a very large gang in the country. For this reason many of the homes are either gated of have a security guard. Another very popular thing you will find on homes over there are metal bars over the windows, so that nobody can break in that easily. 

I use to think it was weird because it takes away from the beauty of the homes. I eventually got use to seeing those bars on the windows, and it became a norm. Having security guards or extra protection has become a part of the culture in El Salvador. It’s sad that you can’t walk around at night like in many neighborhoods in the United States.