Ian Anderson 1:30 p.m., Nov. 12
Violent crime dropping in Mexico & U.S. border cities
Multiple reports released, as the year is nearing end, have stated that violent crime is dropping in both Mexico and United States border cities. Tim Johnson with the McClatchy Newspapers reported today, November 5th, that the murder tally in Mexico is expected to see a lower total for the first time since 2006. The USA Today reported yesterday, November 4th, that 10 of the 13 largest U.S. border cities have seen reductions in overall violent crime.
While the Mexican government stopped releasing official murder counts related to organized crime in the second half of 2011, multiple newspapers and non-governmental agencies attempt to keep an accurate tally. Grupo Reforma, the largest print media company in Latin America, reported that on October 26th the cartel related murder toll was at 8,326. At that date Mexico was at an 18% drop in the same tally compared to 2011.
The USA Today report went on to say that while overall violent crime has dropped on the U.S. side of the border in recent years, San Diego and El Paso have seen a higher murder count in 2011 and 2012. Officials insist the increase is not due to spillover violence and few to none have been linked to cartel activity. The most recent FBI’s Uniform Crime Report statistics continue to show that most U.S. border cities are statistically safer than other cities in their own states.