Murder Rate In Mexico Rises To New Record High

Hillary Silverman | Contributor

In 2018, 33,341 murders were investigated in Mexico — the highest number ever, according to official data by Mexico’s national statistics office (INEGI) as reported by Reuters.

This is a 33-percent increase from 2017 to 2018 and the second consecutive year that the record number of homicides in the country has been broken. Mexico’s nationwide peak homicide number was 25,036 in 2017.

Forensic workers bury one of 40 unidentified bodies at the San Rafael cemetery in Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua State, Mexico, on July 23, 2018. (Photo by CARLOS SANCHEZ / AFP / Getty Images)

Forensic workers bury one of 40 unidentified bodies at the San Rafael cemetery in Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua State, Mexico, on July 23, 2018. (Photo by CARLOS SANCHEZ / AFP / Getty Images)

The number of murder investigations increased by 40 percent during the tenure of former president Enrique Peña Nieto. Mexico’s newly elected president, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, promised to “transform”  the violence in the cartel-ravaged nation when he took office in December. (RELATED: North Carolina Teacher’s Body Found In Mexico After He Went Missing And Then Declared Dead, Officials Say)

Among the record-breaking statistics, Mexico’s central state of Guanajuato saw the highest number of murder probes. The 3,290 total of opened murder probes was more than three times higher than 2017’s total of 1,084. The state has been ravaged by turf wars as gangs duel for control of the stolen fuel market.

Murders of women also rose notably across the country, with 861 reported cases in 2018 compared to 735 in 2017. (RELATED: Mexico Executes Full Military Takeover Of Acapulco’s Cartel-Ridden Police Force)

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