Study: Murder rates in perspective

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Homicide rates over time

The CIDAC think tank published an analysis of Mexico’s crime statistics. Much of the analysis centers on the homicide rate—the crime least likely to be underreported. For 2008, the national homicide rate was 10.6 per 100,000 persons. Of the total, organized crime related killings had a rate of 4.9, and all other homicides a rate of 5.7. The total rate is one-third below the 1997 peak.  Chihuahua had the highest murder rate (47.1), followed by Sinaloa (29.5). Fourteen of the 32 states had homicide rates lower than the U.S. average of 5.6. While Mexico’s overall rate is double the U.S. rate, it is substantially below the levels in Brazil (25.3), Colombia (37.3), and Venezuela (48.0). (




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Cross country comparison


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