Mexico homicide rates reach record high under Pena Nieto

July's homicide total was a 26% increase over what was recorded in the same month last year.
July’s homicide total was a 26% increase over what was recorded in the same month last year.

By Christopher Woody / Business Insider

Violence in Mexico has been on the rise in recent months as fragmented criminal organizations clash around the country, competing with Mexican authorities and one another for control of illegal enterprises.

Data released by the Mexican government reveals that homicides, perhaps the most visible aspect of the country’s violence, reached an ugly milestone in July.

The 2,073 killings recorded that month were the most of any month since the President Enrique Peña Nieto entered office in December 2012, and it was the first time the country exceeded 2,000 homicides in a month since August 2011.

The previous high in monthly homicides registered under Peña Nieto was 1,895, recorded in May.

As noted by Mexican security analyst Alejandro Hope, these numbers appear to be part of an upswing.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *