Data on insecurity and violence in Mexico: at least 15 states in red alert over organized crime

27/07/2021

At least 15 of Mexico's 32 states are in the red for organized crime, as they have the highest rates of homicide, kidnapping, extortion, drug trafficking, and car theft, the organization Semáforo Delictivo denounced on Thursday. In a statement, the NGO detailed that these entities are Zacatecas, Colima, Baja California, Morelos, Sonora, San Luis Potosi, State of Mexico, Chihuahua, Tlaxcala, Quintana Roo, Queretaro, Nayarit, Michoacan, Jalisco, Guanajuato, Coahuila and Baja California Sur.

"All of them add up to the highest number of reds in organized crime offenses in the first half of the year," the organization noted. However, it said there are some states like Tamaulipas that, although they do not appear on the list because although their overall rates are lower than other entities, they have "very hot" areas, especially along the border strip. "This is replicated in states such as Sinaloa or Guerrero," the document noted.

The organization explained that the crime of homicide behaved very similar to last year, as it registered a slight decrease of 1 % so the rate of 28 homicide victims per 100,000 inhabitants is maintained. "One of the highest in the world, only surpassed by El Salvador, Honduras, Venezuela, South Africa, and Brazil," the statement said.

Santiago Roel, director of Semáforo Delictivo, indicated that homicide is the indicator of greatest concern and relevance because "we know that it is directly related to drug trafficking executions". He pointed out that these are not ordinary homicides since "80% or more of the homicides in Mexico are due to the black market of drugs".

He said that the areas of the country with the highest homicide rates are those where two or more cartels fight for the market, either to produce, import, traffic or sell a prohibited substance. "It is not a state police issue, it is a federal issue. As long as Mexico does not dare to take away their business by regulating some substances, we will continue to suffer this hell," lamented Roel.

Likewise, he detailed that socio-family crimes have risen during the year and are reported in red, among them rape, family violence, intentional injuries, and femicide. "We are living one of the most violent years. While it is true that robberies and kidnappings have dropped due to the pandemic and confinement, on the other hand, violence at home has exploded," he said.

And he warned that there is an urgent need for thorough preventive work on the part of authorities and society "we cannot stand idly by", he said. Finally, he accused the Mexican government, headed by Andrés Manuel López Obrador, of attacking private investment, the free market, and free competition.

"Every day we see more and worse state intervention and that has had a very negative effect. If it continues to insist on this and, on the other hand, kicking the can on the issue of drug regulation, this six-year term will close as the worst in terms of violence and crime," concluded Roel.