Reporting a crime in Mexico City can take up to 6 hours, says attorney

Out of the 22,000 investigations files that are opened each month by public ministries, the local Attorney General's office only concludes 10%, admitted the head of the department.

The government of Miguel Angel Mancera in Mexico City has been the most violent since the capital has its own authorities: throughout its administration, approximately 5,400 cases of homicide were reported, at least 1,000 more than the previous ones. Photo: Pixabay
The government of Miguel Angel Mancera in Mexico City has been the most violent since the capital has its own authorities: throughout its administration, approximately 5,400 cases of homicide were reported, at least 1,000 more than the previous ones. Photo: Pixabay

The Attorney General's Office of Mexico City opens an average of 22,000 investigation files each month for crimes reported to the local Public Prosecutor's Office, but the authorities only resolve or conclude 2,000 before a judge.

That means that only 1 in 10 cases reported by victims of crime in the capital of the country aspires to receive justice, while the rest accumulates in the pile of files left behind by the Attorney General of Mexico City.

The same local justice attorney, Ernestina Godoy, said that of the 22,000 complaints received on average per month, 18,000 are left behind, prescribe or go to the file of no exercise of criminal action.

She reported that, based on the statistics of the agency, 26% of the complaints correspond to high-impact crimes such as intentional homicides, injuries and robberies with violence.

Faced with the lag in the investigation, she affirmed that they will accelerate the investigation of serious crimes and seek to avoid the judicialization of low-impact crimes, through alternative exits and abbreviated procedures.

"We are looking for a criminal policy with an emphasis on investigation and coordination," said Godoy.

In addition, she announced that a platform will soon be operating in her unit that will facilitate the reporting and reduce the attention times in the Public Prosecutor's Office.

"We bring an average attention span of 6 hours, when in other prosecutor's offices they have reduced that time to 17 minutes, as in Chihuahua," said Godoy, the first woman solicitor in Mexico City.

This pilot program will begin operating in approximately 2 months in the municipalities of Iztapalapa with a high incidence of crime, and Magdalena Contreras, Miguel Hidalgo and Benito Juárez, which have low levels of insecurity.

The prosecutor has accused that the last administration concealed or "made up" figures of crimes in Mexico City, by passing as allegations of facts that were really crimes such as homicide.

She affirmed that of 13,000 folders analyzed, 3,500 were classified badly and warned that, based on that review, it will determine whether an investigation is appropriate against officials who have misclassified the crimes.

"We found a computer system where information was handled, manipulated, to show a decrease in criminal statistics," said the capital prosecutor.

Source: Procuraduría CDMX