Translated and summarized by Fulano from an article in Frontera.

TIJUANA, Baja California - During the first half of 2013, murders have increased 24% in the state of Baja California, when compared to the first six months of 2012. In Tijuana alone, the increase was 40%.

This information was obtained from the Prosecutor Against Organized Crime, a part of the Office of the State Attorney General, and in charge of investigating murders in the state.

That institution reported that in Tijuana, as of yesterday, there were 280 reported murders during the first half of 2013, while in the first half of 2012 there were only 199.

As such, in the first half of 2013 there was an increase of 40% in violent deaths, when compared to the prior year. It was pointed out that 2012 was one of the years with the lowest rate of murders in the last few years.

Regarding Mexicali, murders have decreased. From January to June 2013, there were 73 murders, and in the same period in 2012, there were 82, a 10% decrease.

Playas de Rosarito is the municipality where there was the greatest increase during the past half year. There were 17 total murders, while in 2012 there were only 9, which represents an 89% increase.

In Tecate, during the first six months of 2013 there were 17 murders reported while during the same period in 2012 there were 11; an increase of 54% in violent deaths.

Ensenada in the municipality where there was the greatest decrease in murders. In 2013 there have been a total of 19 murders, and last year the total was 27 for the same period.

In summary, at the state level, there has been a 24% increase in murders. During the first six months of 2013 there were 406 violent deaths in the five state municipalities. In 2012 there were 325.

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