All rights reserved. You've successfully subscribed to this newsletter! “Every state, every governor has his own strategy,” Márquez said. Legal Statement. By signing up you agree to our Terms of Use and Privacy Policy, Correspondent covering Mexico and Central America. Hollie McKay has a been a Fox News Digital staff reporter since 2007. Has it been getting worse? Are murders trending up or down in Mexico? According to the official stats, the most violent state is Guanajuato in the central part of the country. In 2018, a major election year, there were 37 victims among mayors, mayoral candidates, and former-mayors. Record violence in Mexico has disproportionally affected certain populations (e.g. FILE - In this May 2, 2017, file photo, Damaso Lopez, a leader in Mexico's Sinaloa drug cartel, is escorted by police after his capture at an upscale apartment building in Mexico City. Yet today, the monthly homicide rate is far worse. Will Mexico ever reach the violence levels of 2007, before the drug war started? The violence has affected many areas of public life; 26 priests were killed in Mexico between 2012 and 2018, and even environmental inspectors have … President Andrés Manuel López Obrador’s victory in the 2018 election was the culmination of a years-long collapse of the Institutional Revolutionary Party (Partido Revolucionario Institucional – PRI), in which the previous ruling party lost control of the presidency, various governorships and statehouses, and hundreds of local governments. We encourage readers to copy and distribute our work for non-commercial purposes, provided that it is attributed to InSight Crime in the byline, with a link to the original at both the top and bottom of the article. Notably, violence in the Mexican state of Guanajuato appears to have risen due to the increased presence of the Santa Rosa de Lima Cartel and an increase in the prevalence of petroleum theft (. The disadvantage of using the INEGI data is it is usually more than a year out of date. The rates are per 100,000 people and calculated using 30 day months. Intentional homicides are estimates of unlawful homicides purposely inflicted as a result of domestic disputes, interpersonal violence, violent conflicts over land resources, intergang violence over turf or control, and predatory violence and killing by armed groups. Crime by the number of victims is usually only available at the state level and I try to use this data whenever possible. U.S. Citizen Services: (From Mexico) 1-800-681-9374 (From the United States) 1-844-528-6611 The tenth edition in a series is published under a new title to reflect the gradual shift that has occurred to the restructuring illicit drug trade and the rise of new organized crime groups. Powered and implemented by FactSet Digital Solutions. Authorities opened the highest number of murder investigations last year since they started keeping such data in 1997. Some say he’s too strong. The violence there is mainly attributed to clashes between rivaling cartels Jalisco New Generation and Santa Rosa de Lima, both of which are vying for authority. There, too, officials say the vicissitudes of the local drug market are the chief factor. The actual crime rate is thought to be much higher "since most people are reluctant to report crime." But INEGI’s figures are typically larger than the SNSP’s, meaning that the figures for early 2019 are likely to rise further. Each of these has a murder rate above 80 per 100,000 citizens. Mexico 2019 Crime & Safety Report: Guadalajara. SEE ALSO: The Violent Tailspin of Mexico’s Dominant Cartels. Lopez, a top lieutenant to drug kingpin Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, was sentenced to life in prison in a Virginia courtroom on Friday, Nov. 30, 2018. “That’s very important,” he said in an interview. Data released this week from the National System for Public Security shows the homicide rate south of the border has continued to soar throughout the first three months of 2019. However, much of the current violence appears to be the product of low-level gangs fighting over retail drug markets. CRUELTY OF EL CHAPO'S SINALOA CARTEL KNOWS NO BOUNDS: BEHEADINGS BY CHAINSAW, BODY PARTS STREWN IN THE STREETS. Since 2018 was a historic year for political turnover, a subsequent rise in violence as criminal groups seek a new equilibrium with their competitors and with the new political administrations is a logical consequence. The top ten most violent municipalities in Mexico accounted for 33.6% of all homicides in Mexico in 2018, with 24.7% concentrated in the top five: Tijuana (2,246), Ciudad Juárez (1,004), Acapulco (839), Cancún-Benito Juárez (537), Culiacán (500). Mexico 2019 Crime & Safety Report: Nogales. Some 8,493 people were documented to have been murdered between Jan. 1 and March 3, signaling a 9.6 percent jump from 2018, which was already considered a cause for concern considering it was a significant jump from the year before. Do NOT come to Mexico, much less Cancun, unless you want to risk getting mugged, and even killed. 41.29 In 2018, a major election year, there were 37 victims among mayors, mayoral candidates, and former-mayors. One of the most striking elements of the current bloodshed is how it is driven by a small cohort of exceedingly violent cities. Mexico’s new President, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador – who was sworn in on December 1 – clashed with reporters earlier this month and insisted that the homicide rate is “under control,” and has not escalated since he took office, according to the BBC. While there are 947 murder cases under investigation in Guanajuato, this is followed by 769 open investigations in Mexico state and a further 720 in Jalisco. All rights reserved. As with many capos before him, Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán’s arrest and extradition struck a blow to the power of the Sinaloa Cartel, opening up a vacuum that other gangs have fought to fill. Mexico crime rate & statistics for 2017 was, Mexico crime rate & statistics for 2016 was, Mexico crime rate & statistics for 2015 was, Mexico crime rate & statistics for 2014 was. Recent months have brought vivid new examples of the extraordinary power and reach of organized-crime groups. Violence has surged in recent years as some organized-crime groups have fragmented into warring cells and criminal ­organizations have diversified. In November, assailants massacred three women and six children who were dual U.S.-Mexican citizens living in the northern state of Sonora. One of the key factors affecting violence in Mexico in recent years is likely the rate of political turnover. A similar dynamic was at play in Torreón during much of the same period, where the Zetas and the Sinaloa Cartel fought for domination. But when governing parties change, these patterns of interaction are upset, which injects of a jolt of uncertainty into the criminal landscape, with increases in violence often the result. Homicides surged 17 percent in 2018 but rose less than 3 percent last year. 11.88 million Ranked 1st. Get all the stories you need-to-know from the most powerful name in news delivered first thing every morning to your inbox. Historically, when a city has suffered a prolonged uptick in violence, the cause has been two large organizations fighting for control of it. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. Additionally, the report finds that men are 8.3 times more likely to be homicide victims than women, with 28,522 male homicide victims. “There is no clarity or objectives or strategy or actions that are weakening organized crime,” Guerrero said. By Sofia Lotto Persio On 6/22/17 at 6:48 AM EDT . In Mexico City, a comparatively mild surge in violence has, by virtue of the capital city’s size, nonetheless contributed substantially to Mexico’s overall murder rate. — INEGI statistically adjusted — SESNSP victims. Intuitively, you can think of the statistical model as if someone were to ask you to guess the injury intent in the death of a 70-year-old Mérida woman whose cause of death was transport-related. Individuals or small groups usually commit homicide, whereas killing in armed conflict is usually committed by fairly cohesive groups of up to several hundred members and is thus usually excluded.