Walter Mencken 8:54 a.m., May 21
Mexico seeing its first drop in drug war murders since 2006
Mexico is on pace to see a drop in drug war related murders for the first time since the campaign against organized crime began in 2006. The Economist reported earlier this month, based on statistics kept by Grupo Reforma, that by the end of November Mexico had 22% less gangland murders as opposed to the same time period in 2011.
According to Grupo Reforma, an estimated 12,400 drug war related murders occurred in 2011. Up to the start of December, an estimated 8,530 murders have occurred so far in 2012.
While in a global comparison, Mexico still sees a fairly high murder rate, the violence in many major cities has subsided. Tijuana has made great progress in reducing overall crime, while once much more dangerous cities, like Ciudad Juarez, are beginning to follow the same trend. A large portion of the murders have been pushed to rural areas, as major metros like Mexico City and Guadalajara have avoided most of the gangland violence during the duration of the drug war.
The new president of Mexico, Enrique Peña Nieto, has vowed to continue the war on organized crime despite doubts by critics.