Wednesday, October 2, 2013

México: Reported Crime Rose 32.4% in 2012 Compared to 2011, Visitors Need to Exercise Caution

According  to México's National Institute of Statistics and Geography (INEGI), a total of 27.7 million crimes, or 35,139 crimes for every 100,000 inhabitants, were registered in 2012 compared to data reported in 2011.

The statistical rise stems from the National Survey on Victimization and Perceptions of Public Safety (ENVIPE) which was conducted from March 4 to April 26 by INEGI.
ENVIPE surveyed 95,810 households, of which 32.4% reported at least one victim of crime in 2012.

That works out to 10.1 million households affected by crime across México, well above the 30.4% rate reported in 2011.

COMMENT: What is most distressing is that only 12.2% of crimes were reported in 2012, which suggests a huge disparity in terms of confidence in state and federal police agencies within México.

Of the total crimes reported in México, only 7.9% led to the opening of an investigation, with an estimated 92.1% of crimes going unreported or never becoming the subject of an investigation.

With 92.1% of crimes going unreported and never investigated, it is completely understandable as to why crime in México is so rampant and out of control.

For all of our readers, please do understand that México is a high-threat destination that should be avoided for travelers who are unfamiliar with criminal tactics in the country and those who fail to have well-honed and pro-active personal security awareness.

It is estimated that foreign travelers represent a huge percentage of crime victims, largely because most foreigners are unfamiliar with criminal tactics in México and because they subconsciously believe that criminal victimization happens to other people and not to them. This is simply untrue.

If foreigners stay at all inclusive-resorts for the duration of their visit to México, it is estimated that their potential for victimization may decline by as much as 50%, provided they travel to and from the all-inclusive and don't deviate from their resort to make "side trips." 

It should also be noted that few countries worldwide have a victimization rate of 32.4%, which underlines the seriousness of the criminal threat for local citizens.

What would be most interesting is if INEGI conducted a large-scale study of foreign travelers to México to determine the comparative differences between Mexican citizens and foreign travelers in terms of criminal victimization.