REPORT: Murders in Mexico surge to record in first half of 2019


MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Murders in Mexico jumped in the first half of the year to the highest on record, according to official data, underscoring the vast challenges President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador faces in reducing violence in the cartel-ravaged country.

There were 14,603 murders from January to June, versus the 13,985 homicides registered in the first six months of 2018, according to data posted over the weekend on the website of Mexico’s national public security office.

The article goes on to state the following:

Mexico is on course to surpass the 29,111 murders of last year, an all-time high.

Bloomberg reports that murders in Mexico City were under-reported by the city’s previous administration, making reports of increases less certain in the country’s capital.

From Bloomberg:

Mexico City’s government has been under attack by critics who say violence has spun out of control since a new, left-leaning administration took over in late 2018.

Run by Mayor Claudia Sheinbaum since December, the city now says that the previous administration extensively under-reported crime. As a result, while it appears that the crime rate has shot up in 2019 under new leadership, by some measures it’s actually fallen.

“Murders are up about 12%. Violent crimes are down 8%,” Bloomberg’s Nacha Cattan reported in a tweet.

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