Graphic compares the 2016 and 2017 homicide rates in Mexico, by state.


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July 31, 2018 - The number of homicides in Mexico in 2017 was higher than originally thought, with 31,174 slayings – up 27 percent from 24,559 in 2016.

The latest data for 2017, 31,174, comes from the national statistics institute INEGI whereas the previous data, 29,168, came from the Interior Ministry. The Interior Ministry counts homicide investigations that could involve multiple victims whereas INEGI visits morgues and public registries to collect information.They surveyed 2,127 civil registries, 688 public ministries and 145 forensic medical services to collect the 2017 data.

The number of homicides now reported, 31,174 is the highest since the start of records in 1997, including 2011, the worst year of the war on drugs.”

The rate for 2017 reported by INEGI - 25 per 100,000 inhabitants — is near the levels of Brazil and Colombia at 27 per 100,000.

According to Alejandro Schtulmann, president of Mexico City-based political risk firm EMPRA,fights between criminal groups for territory, fuel theft from pipelines has turned more violent and extortion cases are on the rise. Mexico more than anything needs to improve state security forces since thinly stretched federal resources often can’t reach all the trouble spots.

PUBLISHED:31/07/2018; STORY: Graphic News; PICTURES: Getty Images