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Baja California had highest homicide rate in Mexico in January 2018

March 3, 2018  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Baja California had highest homicide rate in Mexico in January 2018

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The Mexican state of Baja California, which borders Arizona and California, has surpassed all other states in Mexico for homicide rates in January.

According to ithe Secretariado Ejecutivo del Sistema Nacional de Seguridad Pública (SESNSP), Baja California reported 211 murders in January. Baja California includes the cities of Tijuana, Ensenada, Rosarito, and Mexicali.

According to the official statistics cited by El Vigia, there were 2,156 murders Mexico in the month of January, which is almost 12% higher compared to January 2017, when 1,929 were recorded.

Other states at the top of the list are:

State of Mexico—191

Data gathered from the SESNSP revealed that 69% of the slayings carried out in the first month of 2018 were with guns, compared to the 10% of murders that we carried out with bladed weapons.

The city of Tijuana surpassed its record for murders in 2017 with 1,734. According to Breitbart Texas, the Mexican Federal Government was compelled to deploy military assets there to combat the out of control violence.

The violence is primarily linked to rival cartels fighting for control of key trafficking territories and street-level distribution between the Sinaloa and their one-time ally Cartel Jalisco Nueva Generacion, along with numerous regional groups that are aligned with the two heavyweights.

The numbers in Baja California are shocking compared to the homicide rate of nearby San Diego, California. Last year, San Diego (population 1.4 million) recorded 34 homicides. On the other hand, Tijuana (which has a population 1.7 million) reported 1,734. Furthermore, the tourist city of Ensenada (population 486,639) registered 294 murders last year.

The statistics collected by the SESNSP only account for the crimes recorded by the attorneys general in Mexico’s 32 states. The figures do not consider victims discovered in cartel killing fields and mass incineration operations like in Coahuila.

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