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Murders in 12 states reach historic levels

Guerrero topped the list with 340 homicides in January and February

The first two months of the year saw historic levels of violence in 12 states, where homicide numbers were the highest recorded since the Interior Secretariat, or Segob, began keeping data.


Topping the list was Guerrero with 340 intentional homicides followed by Baja California with 254, Michoacán with 229 and Veracruz with 211.

Guanajuato followed with 179, Mexico City 170, Morelos 113, Colima 103, Zacatecas 81, Baja California Sur 75, Querétaro 23 and Yucatán 14. The figures were even higher than those recorded during 2010 and 2011, the worst years for violence in the war on drugs.

In 17 of the remaining states, while historic levels have yet to be reached, the data showed a significant increase nonetheless.

In Chihuahua, where the federal government admitted yesterday that things have gone awry, homicides have risen from 141 in the first two months of 2016 to 266 this year. Interior Secretary Miguel Ángel Osorio Chong assured a gathering of businesspeople that the situation will not be allowed to worsen.

The data, compiled by the Executive Secretariat of the National Public Security System, or SESNSP, also identified San Luis Potosí and Tabasco as hot spots: the number of homicides in the first leapt from 35 to 72 in one year; in the second they soared from 30 in 2016 to 62 this year.

Colima leads the way in terms of the murder rate per 100,000 inhabitants with 13.77 followed by Guerrero with 9.43 and Baja California Sur with 9.26.

Only three states reported lower homicide figures for January and February: Nuevo León, Campeche and the State of México.

Source: El Universal (sp)

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  • K. Chris C.

    Denied by tyranny access to the courts for the address of disputes and griviences,
    those in the drug trade must utilize their own “courts” and apply their own “justice.”

    An American citizen, not US subject.

  • miabeach

    South Chicago. Sanctuary Cities, sister cities, Mexican jumping beans.

  • Bob Hallie

    I would like to know the rate in Quintana Roo. I would also like to see how these rates compare to US cities such as: Chicago, St. Louis, NYC, Detroit, Oakland, Houston, Atlanta, Miami, etc.

  • kallen

    Mexico is a failed state. It will not be long until it breaks down completely. An interesting irony may soon come to pass: the farcical Trump wall isn’t needed now but it may indeed be needed when Mexico has its break down.

  • Pesobill

    Sounds like the murder train called Mexihole is headed off the rails . So much for the dumbo Gringos living in their “ghetto paradise” and how safe they ‘think’ they are .. Place is like an open cesspool of crime , no wonder so many live in walled compounds with several dogs ..I know of several people that just want to sell their real estate and leave but few buyers ..Beautiful country but getting way too crazy . By the way Gringos , the murder rate is nearly 5 times worse than the USA..

  • American Tax Payer

    And you people think y’all are better than us but I do however appreciate your Hispanic, or is he REALLY White?, Webmaster’s Ability to figure out how to spread the text box out to its maximum capacity. The wide text box makes for better writing should one really want to write a serious comment. I may be back…

  • American Tax Payer

    Mexicans need a Eugenics Program. Sounds cruel but it can reduce that genetic criminal element and should you doubt me then look around and ask yourself, why are we so afraid and desperate to escape our own country? Could it be crime and “lack of opportunity”? Who do you think takes “opportunity” from you? It’s your own criminals. Do away with them and then you will prosper.

  • EB

    OVER the past two years America has become more murderous. After steadily falling for a quarter-century, the national homicide rate jumped by 11% in 2015. Last year, an escalation of gang violence in Chicago increased the number of killings there from 485 to 764.