In the last year have you been a victim of crime? You are not the only one, just like you, 21.2 million people over the age of 18 in Mexico also experienced a situation due to insecurity.

According to the National Survey of Victimization and Perception of Public Safety (ENVIPE 2021) prepared by the National Institute of Statistics and Geography (Inegi), this represents a crime prevalence rate of 23,520 victims per 100,000 inhabitants.

The most committed crimes were robbery or assault on the street or public transportation (22.5%); fraud (19.3%); extortion (16.9%); total or partial vehicle theft (10.6%) and verbal threats (9.7%), burglary (6.1%), among others.

Men are more likely to be victims of crime by 11% more than women, with the exception of sexual crimes, since for every eight female victims there is a man.

According to official data, between 2019 and 2020 there was a reduction in crime incidence, mainly in crimes such as street and transportation robberies, due to the measures implemented to stay at home.

Which are the most unsafe areas in the country?

The 10 entities with the highest prevalence of crime victims per 100 thousand inhabitants according to INEGI data are:

Mexico City (33 thousand 344 victims) 2.
2. State of Mexico (32,501)
3. Tabasco (27,076)
4. Aguascalientes (26,876)
5. Jalisco (25 thousand 764)
6. Baja California (25 thousand 664)
7. Puebla (25 thousand 149)
8. Querétaro (24,978)
9. Sonora (24 thousand 991)
10. Tlaxcala (24,491)

Likewise, at the metropolitan level, the cities, mayors' offices and municipalities with the highest incidence of crime per 100,000 inhabitants are:

San Luis Potosí
CDMX (Eastern Zone)
CDMX (South Zone)
Mexico Valley
CDMX (West Zone)

ENVIPE data show that the cost of insecurity is equivalent to 277.6 billion pesos, or 1.85% of GDP. This means that each person victim of crime has had an economic impact of 7,155 pesos, on average.

However, it is estimated that the number of crimes not reported or that did not result in an investigation was 93.3%, and the main reasons why the population decided not to go to the authorities are attributed to the fact that they consider it a waste of time or because of distrust in the processes of justice administration.