Mexico records a decrease in homicides, increase of crime

Mexico registered 2,993 in the month of July, meaning a decrease of 2.64% compared to July last year, revealed the Executive Secretariat of the National Public Security System.

In the first seven months of 2019, there were 20,135 homicides, with a national average of 95.8 homicides per day, according to the report released by the Secretariat.

The criminal incidence at the national level as of July 2019 has been 174,452 cases, 11,611 more than those reported in July 2018, which represents an increase of 7.13%, reported the Secretariat.

The crimes with the biggest increase were extortion (49.9%), family violence cases (13.11%) and drug trafficking (49.06%).

The crimes with the biggest decrease were grand theft auto (14.86%) and theft to passerby (5.97%).

Kidnapping, with 117 cases registered in July, shows a marginal increase (0.86%) compared to the 116 that were selected in the same period last year, according to official statistics.

The entities with the highest increase in homicides are Nuevo León (59%), Hidalgo (48%), Sonora (41%), Morelos (34%), Jalisco, (21%), State of Mexico (19%), Tlaxcala (18%), Chiapas (18%), Tabasco (14%), and Mexico City, with 14 percent.

The entities with the highest decrease are Baja California Sur (59%), Nayarit (58%), Yucatan (40%), Guerrero (30%), and Tamaulipas with 29 percent.

In July, the Mexican government launched the operations of the National Guard, a security body formed by military, naval officers and police to combat insecurity in the country.

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