Mexico confirms decrease in crime in 2021 | News

The Secretariat of Security and Citizen Protection of Mexico, indicated this Thursday that in the country in December 2021, 6,000 crimes were reported, that is, 32.3 percent less than those identified in 2018, in its first security report of 2022.


Mexican photojournalist murdered in the city of Tijuana

The head of said entity, Rosa Icela Rodríguez, stressed that “in relation to these crimes that are seen here, which are financial crimes, tax crimes, organized crime crimes, crimes against health, property crimes, and crimes related to weapons of fire, all of them from the federal jurisdiction, have come down”.

The official also reported in a morning conference on the drop of four percent with respect to the crime of intentional homicide in the course of the Government of Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO).

“We have a downward trend, especially with the beginning of the strengthening that was done in several states of the country,” said the public representative, noting that “in relation to 2015 it rose 26 percent; 2016, 28 percent; 2017, 16.9 percent; as of 2018, 2.8; and already in relation to 2020 and 2021, the figures have gone down.”

The states recognized by the Mexican secretariat that concentrate 50 percent of the victims of intentional homicide are Guanajuato, Baja California, Michoacán, the State of Mexico, Chihuahua and Jalisco.

The Secretariat reported that femicide fell seven percent in December, compared to the same month in 2020. Similarly, official government figures indicate that it has fallen by 7 percent so far during the current administration, however the alarming figures of this manifestation of violence against women.

According to local media, the country registered 1,004 femicides in 2021 and 978 femicides in 2020, which implies a year-on-year increase of 2.66 percent, higher than the 973 cases reported in 2019, which marked the beginning of AMLO’s government administration.

Family violence, according to the Mexican authorities, decreased by 17.3 percent, “where we will continue to work constantly” on this crime, added the head of said state entity.

In Mexico, rapes increased by 28.1 percent between 2020 and 2021, with 21,189 cases, a fact that confirms the persistence of violence, even though not all of these events are reported.

“In relation to robbery from passers-by, robbery in individual public transport, extortion and rape are crimes that have been on the rise and where we need to improve the work and the results in these crimes of common law”, Rosa Icela Rodríguez remarked.

Other data on violence in Mexico

On the other hand, the survey of the National Survey of Urban Public Security of the National Institute of Statistics and Geography (Inegi), confirmed that 65.8 percent of the population aged 18 and over considers that living in their city is not safe.

Another of the data collected by the research highlighted that 39.6 percent of the population aged 18 and over reported having seen or heard frequent gunshots during the fourth quarter of 2021.

According to local media, organizations and groups from Mexico and the world launched the campaign “Our fight is for life” to demand a stop to the attacks, threats and harassment against the autonomous Zapatista community of Nuevo San Gregorio, in Chiapas.

“As a result of this Caravan, the organizations, groups, networks, and people who adhere to the Sixth Declaration of the Lacandona Jungle that participated, presented a report that accounts for the continuity of the attacks against members of the Nuevo San Gregorio community, belonging to the Autonomous Municipality of Lucio Cabañas in the zone of Patria Nueva, territory recovered in 1994 by the Zapatista Army of National Liberation (EZLN)”, specified the declaration.

For their part, indigenous, peasant, human rights, trade union, women’s and popular urban movement organizations from 14 states in the country issued a message regarding the disappearance of three Zapotec community members from San Juan Lajarcia, Oaxaca, kidnapped by an armed group of the community of San Bartolo Yautepec on January 18, 2022.

In a message issued also addressed to President López Obrador, they requested “his immediate intervention to avoid a tragedy and that the rights of the Zapotec indigenous community of San Juan Lajarcia continue to be violated.”