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Baja & Border News Translations: First TJ Homicide of 2013; TJ Murders Down in 2012
First TJ Homicide of 2013 (SOURCE: Tijuana Press, 1/1/13 by Vicente Calderón)
Tijuana, BC - Police authorities found the body of what is recorded as the official first homicide of the new year. Municipal Police established an investigative cordon in the area where a burnt was body found in the colonia Obrera Tercera section.
Since the corpse was burned, expert services will be needed to determine the gender of the victim even though it is presumed to be a male. Officially, there is no information about the discovery, only that it was discovered shortly after 3 p.m. http://www.tijuanapress.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=8545:reportan-primer-homicidio-del-ano&catid=1:locales&Itemid=50
TJ Murders Down in 2012 (SOURCE: Tijuana Press, 1/1/13 by Vicente Calderón)
The month of December 2012 ended with 32 killings in Tijuana according to preliminary counts. This year's total is numbered at 364 premeditated homicides for an average of one homicide per day. One of the deaths recorded on December 25, 2012 is still pending posting as researchers suspect that it may have been an accident, but have not ruled out the possibility that it was a deliberate act.
Regardless of this individual case, the figures reflect a downward trend of homicides at the border. Although there were months with sudden increases, a decrease in crime was seen in general. In the year that just concluded, 2012, there was a decrease in the number of murders and for the first time in a long time, an average of less than one per day.
2012 is already the lowest year in the last 5 years officially registered with more than 100 less homicides less than during the previous year. These are preliminary figures collected by Tijuanapress.com based on statistics reported by the Attorney General of Justice of Baja California.
2012, 364; 2011, 478; 2010, 820; 2009, 664; 2008, 844