domingo, 19 de enero de 2014

Mexican Government counts fewer homicides in 2013

A Mexican Government agency declared the number of criminal killings (homicidios dolosos) in 2013 to be 18,143, down 3,585 from the 21,728 criminal killings reported for 2012, Milenio reported on 19 January, citing the National Public Security System (SNSP, Sistema Nacional de Seguridad Pública), an office of the interior ministry. The SNSP reported killings to have halved that year in the states of Tamaulipas and Nuevo León and in Veracruz, while in Michoacán, Oaxaca, Hidalgo and Tabasco murder figures did not decline. It specifically counted 1,410 killings nationwide in December 2013 and 1,397 in November, the month that year with fewest murders. The SNSP cited several states including Chihuahua, Durango and San Luis Potosí in northern Mexico and Mexico City as having seen a decline in categories of offences in 2013. There were discrepancies however with kidnapping figures. Milenio cited the SNSP as counting 1,407 reported kidnappings nationwide (compared to 1,695 for 2012) and 8,042 reported extortions (compared to 7,272 for 2012), while Excelsior cited SNSP as counting 1,583 kidnappings from January to the start of November 2013. It compared the figure to 505 kidnappings reported in Mexico in 2001 and 438 in 2007. Almost half of all kidnappings it stated, occurred in four states, Guerrero (14.4 per cent), Tamaulipas (11.8 per cent), Michoacán (11.3 per cent) and Estado de México (11.1 per cent). In any case both figures excluded all unreported kidnappings - which is most of them - and were vastly different from the kidnapping figures given by the state statistical agency INEGI, which gave 105,682 as the number of kidnappings in Mexico in 2012. The country has put together a 1,400-strong anti-kidnapping police force, Excelsior reported on 19 January.