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The Secretaría de Seguridad Pública del Estado released crime statistics for the first three months of 2013 in Baja California on Monday, May 6th. Overall incidents of reported crime were down in the state, compared to the same time period in 2012. The state recorded 25,520 offenses in 2013, compared to 28,005 in 2012.

Despite a drop in overall crime, the homicide count was higher. The state recorded 172 homicides from January through March of this year, compared to 146 during that time in 2012. The number was still below that of 2011 for the first quarter, which had 185. Of the 172 homicides recorded in early 2013, 117 occurred in Tijuana. Mexicali saw the second highest number with 32, while Ensenada had the lowest at five. The remaining municipalities, Tecate and Rosarito, had eight and 10.

According to the official statistics by the state, only five kidnappings occurred in Baja California during the first quarter of 2013. The same number was recorded in 2012’s first three months.

Crime statistics kept by the state often differ from those kept by media or non-governmental agencies. The official state homicide count in past years has been questioned as it was routinely lower than that kept by other outlets. By all accounts, 2012 saw the lowest homicide rate in five years in the state.

As of April 15th, state investigators have accounted at least 85% of homicides to gang and drug violence. Drug gang feuds and local turf wars are believed to be the reasons behind the recent spike in violence.

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