miércoles, 23 de julio de 2014

Over 22,700 murdered in Mexico in 2013

Mexico's state statistical agency INEGI provisionally reported on 23 July the figure of 22,732 as the total number of homicides for Mexico in 2013, this being 12.45 per cent below the figure for 2012, and giving a nationwide rate of 19 killings per 100,000 inhabitants. Homicide rates varied greatly between the states, with the state of Guerrero on the Pacific coast having almost three times the national rate of 19. In absolute terms, the states with most criminal killings in 2013 were Estado de México with 3,280, Guerrero with 2,203, Chihuahua with 2,141, Sinaloa with 1,200 and Mexico City with 1,108. Aguascalientes had the fewest murders, 46. In terms of killing rates per 100,000 inhabitants, the top states were Guerrero with 63, Chihuahua with 59, Sinaloa 41, Morelos 33 and Colima 32. The capital had a homicide rate of 12 per 100,000 inhabitants, far below rates typical of the continent's most crime-ridden cities. Stated in terms of daily frequency, the daily La Jornada observed that there were 62 murders every day in Mexico in 2013. It added that while figures showed a decline in homicide numbers compared to 2012, killings had sharply increased since 2007, when the former conservative President Felipe Calderón Hinojosa began to wage war on organised crime. There were 8,867 registered murders in 2007. INEGI based its figures on thousands of death certificates and the causes of death cited in those documents.