Intentional homicides in Mexico they decreased by 7.1% annually in 2022 to 30,968, which represents the third consecutive year of decline after the most violent years in its history, the Secretary of Security and Citizen Protection (SSPC) revealed on Tuesday.
In 2022 there was an average of 85 murders per day compared to the average of 91 in 2021, when 33,350 of these crimes were registered, explained the head of the SSPC, Rosa Icela Rodríguez, at the government’s morning press conference.
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The data from last year also implies a 10.8% drop compared to the 34,718 homicides in 2019, considered the year with the most murders in the history of Mexicoand they are 10.4% less than 2020, when there were 34,563 of these victims, the second highest number since there are records.
As we contemplate 2022, the six-year term of the president Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador (AMLO) accumulates more than 140,000 homicides, although the Secretary of Security pointed out that this represents a decrease of 10.8% compared to the same period of the previous six-year term.
“The coordinated work of the security cabinet and the state and municipal governments has generated a drop in the crime rate, and to say that we will continue working under the guideline of zero impunity and zero corruption,” Rodriguez stated.
Only last December, 2,530 intentional homicides were registered, a drop of 3.8% year-on-year.
“The month of December is the month with the fewest homicides in the last six years,” asserted the Secretary of Security.
The head of the SSPC also explained that six states concentrated almost half of the murders in 2022: Guanajuato, Baja California, the State of Mexico, Michoacán, Jalisco and Chihuahua, which together accumulated 15,060 of the homicides.
Although he did not detail the total for the year, Rodríguez stated that in December there were 71 femicides, murders of women based on gender, a year-on-year decrease of 13.41%.
The Secretary of Security recognized year-on-year increases in property crimes (9.3%), in crimes related to firearms (6.1%) and in carrier robbery (0.8%).
But he announced decreases in financial crimes (19.5%), tax crimes (18%), and crimes against health, that is, related to drugs (15.3%).
There were also decreases in robbery in individual transport (6.1%), robbery in public transport (5.8%), robbery at business (2.7%) and robbery at home (0.02%).
While the kidnapping reached one of its lowest levels with only 38 victims last December.
“This is one of the months, the month of December, that has the lowest number of kidnappings, of which accounting is kept, so it is work that is reflected in the security cabinet”Rodríguez stressed.
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