Um 27 Prozent mehr Morde in 2017
August 1, 2018 -
Die Zahl der Morde in Mexiko war 2017 höher als ursprünglich angenommen, 31.174 Mordfälle stehen für einen Anstieg um 27 Prozent gegenüber dem Vorjahr 2016.
The latest data for 2017 comes from INEGI, the national statistics institute, whereas the previous figure of 29,168 homicides came from the Interior Ministry. The Interior Ministry counts homicide investigations that could involve multiple victims, thus potentially under-representing killings, whereas INEGI visits morgues and public registries to collect information. INEGI surveyed 2,127 civil registries, 688 public ministries and 145 forensic medical services to collect the 2017 data.
At 31,174, the number of homicides now reported is the highest since records began 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.
Alejandro Schtulmann, president of Mexico City-based political risk firm EMPRA, says that in addition to fights between criminal groups for territory, fuel theft from pipelines has turned more violent and extortion cases are on the rise.
Schtulmann warns the country urgently needs to improve state security forces since thinly stretched federal resources often can’t reach all the trouble spots.