2016 Was Mexico’s Most Violent Year Under President Peña Nieto: Report

Mexico's Most Violent Year
According to Inegi’s data, which it released on Wednesday, the homicides committed during 2016 exceeded 15.3 percent of the report from 2015, in which 20,762 homicides were registered. (MUCD)

EspañolLast year, there were 23,953 homicides recorded in Mexico, the highest figure under the leadership of President Enrique Peña Nieto, according to the National Institute of Geography and Statistics (Inegi).

According to Inegi’s data, which it released on Wednesday, the homicides committed during 2016 increased 15.3 percent from the 2015 report, which counted 20,762 homicides. That count increased both in total numbers and in rate. Officials said the increase reflects the upward trend that was initially reported at the beginning of 2015.

“(That’s) 20 homicides per 100,000 inhabitants at a national level, a rate that is higher than the one registered in 2015, which was 17 homicides per 100,000 inhabitants,” Inegi’s report said.

In the State of Mexico, 2,749 murders were reported, while in Guerrero there were 2,524. As in 2015, each of them were the first and second nationwide, respectively.


They were 20 homicides per 1oo thousand inhabitants nationwide in 2016. In 2015 the proportion was of 17 per 100 thousand inhabitants. 

The increase in homicides was recorded in 28 of the 32 states in Mexico. In some places, such as Colima, increases as high as 167 percent were recorded, with 606 homicides in 2016 — a noticeable spike from the 227 in 2015.

2016 ranks as the fourth most violent year since 2000, as its figures were surpassed by the 27,213 murders committed in 2011, the 25,967 recorded in 2012 and the 25,757 reported in 2010.

Inegi said that these figures “are derived from information on vital statistics collected from the administrative records of accidental and violent deaths, generated by federal agencies.”

Source: Animal Político

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