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2018 murder rate in Mexico highest on record

July 28, 2018  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
2018 murder rate in Mexico highest on record

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A total of 15,973 homicides were recorded in Mexico during the first half of 2018, making it the bloodiest year since 1997 when a tracking system was first implemented.

The records are collected by the Secretariado Ejecutivo del Sistema Nacional de Seguridad Pública (SEGOB).

Between January and June of last year, there were 13,751 murders.

Furthermore, statistics reveal that there has been a 125.6% rise in killings involving the use of firearms over the previous three years.

When comparing numbers from January to June 2015 with those of the same period in 2018, there is an 85% increase in homicides, El Economista reported.

The most violent state in Mexico is Colima, according to the recently released estimates. Colima recorded a 27% rise in slayings and currently has a rate of roughly 80 murders per 100,000.

Guanajuato, which is in the central portion of the country, saw a 122% increase in murders, approximately 40 per 100,000. Many of the killings recorded there are attributed to criminal gangs tied to petrol-fuel thieves known as “huachicolero” who illegally hit government pipelines.

Other areas impacted by cartel violence are the cities of Tijuana and Ciudad Juárez.

Tijuana saw 1,463 homicides in the first half of 2018, an increase of 44% compared to the same time last year, which is linked to ongoing turf wars involving the Tijuana-New Generation Cartel or CTNG and the Sinaloa Cartel’s fights for territorial control.

The border states of Coahuila and Tamaulipas also remain problematic due to warring drug cartels.

The U.S. Government recently announced a security alert in Ciudad Juárez, forbidding employees from going into downtown areas without advance permission after 180 murders were registered last month.

According to a Time Magazine report, Quintana Roo, which includes Canun, Tulum, and Cozumel, hit record-breaking murder rates, where 286 killings were registered–a 132% rise over the year prior.

One area that has seen notable improvement is Cabo San Lucas, which was previously surpassing records for its cartel homicides.

The Mexican government dispatched military and federal authorities and concluded the month of June without a single killing.

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