In Mexico, Crime Stats Are In The Eye Of The Beholder

Give or take a few thousand murders each year, here are some recent homicide numbers from Mexico:

Total number of murders since December 2012: 15,352
Total number of murders in 2012: 21,768
Total number of murders in 2011: 22,856
Total number of murders in 2010: 20,681

In December 2012, Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto announced he would shift the Mexican government’s focus from pursuing cartel leaders to reducing crime against citizens. These include crimes like extortion, kidnapping and murder.

With up to 17,000 homicides projected for the year, analysts expect murder rates to be their lowest since 2009. Of course, that all depends on the data you’re looking at.

Read more here at the Fronteras Desk.

Tristan Ahtone

Tristan Ahtone is a member of the Kiowa Tribe and serves as associate editor for tribal affairs at High Country News. He has reported for PBS NewsHour, National Native News, Wyoming Public Radio, NPR, Al Jazeera America, Indian Country Today, and National Geographic, and more. Tristan’s stories have won multiple honors, including investigative awards from Public Radio News Directors Incorporated and the Gannett Foundation. He additionally was awarded a Nieman Fellowship to study at Harvard University in 2017. He is president of the Native American Journalists Association.

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