Unstoppable crime: murders increase 13.5%
The number of murders between January and February in Mexico amounted to 5,649 people, 13.5% more compared to the 4,977 victims of the first two months of 2018, according to data from the Executive Secretariat of the National Public Security System
However, the murders decreased in Mexico during February, which registered 2,796 victims of intentional homicide, marking a slight decrease of 1.99% over the previous month, when there were 2,853 victims.
Although the number of murders was lower than in January with an average of 84.78 daily homicides, 2019 registered the most violent start of the year since the registrations began in 1997, with an increase of 13.5% in comparison with the first two months of 2018.
The figures documented in February, which opened 2,374 folders of investigation for intentional homicide, continue with the trail of violence that left 2018.
The difference between open investigations and victims lies in the fact that a folder can hold several murders.
In 2018 there were 33,369 victims of intentional homicide, which is the most violent year in the history of Mexico since records have been recorded.
In the first three months of the mandate of the new president, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, who took office on December 1, 8,524 murder victims are registered.
The figures are given by this body belonging to the Ministry of the Interior also indicate a decrease in the crimes of femicide, typified as the violent death of women due to gender.
In February the victims of femicide went from 79 to 75.
Kidnappings also decreased from 166 to 141 from one month to another.
In total, during the López Obrador administration, there are 249 victims of femicide and 449 victims of kidnapping.
The most violent state is the central state of Guanajuato, where murders continue to rise.
It went from 293 victims in January to 340 in February, adding a total of 633 victims of intentional homicide so far this year.
It is followed by the State of Mexico, with 497 homicides in total and 235 in February, which has also seen its number reduced compared to the previous month.
Baja California, another of the most violent states, went from 262 homicide victims in January to 195 in February, with a total of 457 so far this year.
Chihuahua, also a historical focus of violence, saw the registry of victims reduced from 194 to 173.
Guerrero, on the other hand, where the Acapulco resort is located, kept its number of victims stable, being 153 in the first two months of the year.
February, the month with the most murders in 21 years
Homicides is a crime that is on the rise in the country and the month of February 2019 has recorded figures that breaks a record in 21 years. In addition, the month is recorded with the highest average daily homicides of the three that the current six-year term.
The homicide figures were announced with the recent update of the Executive Secretariat of the National Public Security System (SESNSP). According to the report, between January and February, a total of 5 thousand 803 people were murdered in Mexico. This figure makes the first two months of 2019 the most violent of which there is a record.
According to the website Political Animal, "the figure breaks the record of homicides that for this period had been reached in 2018. The homicide rate grew 13% from one year to another." The data shows that of the 5 thousand 803 people killed in the first two months of this year, 5 thousand 649 are victims of intentional homicide and 154 victims of femicide. For these cases, 4 thousand 826 investigative folders were initiated for the crime of intentional homicide, and 147 folders for femicide.
In the five states where there was the greatest increase in violence are Nuevo León, where the murder rate doubled from 1.67 cases in the first two months of 2018, to 3.68 cases in the same period of 2019, an increase of 119.5 %. It is followed by Quintana Roo where the homicide rate rose 86.8% in the first two months of the year; Jalisco with an increase of 65% and Sonora with a rebound of 54.5%. The fifth entity with the highest increase in homicides in January and February 2019 is Mexico City, where the rate went from 2.17 victims per one hundred thousand inhabitants to 3.2 victims per one hundred thousand inhabitants, which is a rebound of 47.5%.
The rest of the states where the homicides were increased are Tabasco, Guanajuato, Hidalgo, Morelos, Chihuahua, State of Mexico, Chiapas, Yucatan, Michoacán, Puebla, Coahuila, Aguascalientes, and Queretaro. However, the five states with the highest homicide rate in February 2019 were Colima, Guanajuato, Baja California, Morelos, Chihuahua, and Guerrero.
Animal Politica reported that between the data of the Executive Secretariat and the security report of the Federal Government, there is underreporting of almost 21%. On the one hand, the "security report" that the federal government publishes daily states that between January and February there were 4 thousand 622 victims of intentional homicide. According to this information, the daily average of intentional homicides was 75 cases in January, and in February 83.1 cases.
But the SESNSP data show that the sum of homicide victims is 5 thousand 803 in the first two months of 2019. The average is 92 murders daily in January, and 99.8 victims every 24 hours in February. Therefore, with the above, it is demonstrated that there are more homicides than the government of Andrés Manuel López Obrador and his security cabinet report daily.