New Reports Show Why Tijuana Has Been Ranked As The Most Dangerous City In The World
Despite efforts to curb increasing violence in Mexico, the ever-growing murder rate in Mexico seems to only be on the uptick. The latest report from the National System for Public Security shows in the first quarter of 2019 there were 8,493 murders in Mexico recorded from January to March. The numbers are the most ever on record for the period. The most violent state is Guanajuato which located in the central part of the country. The violence there is mainly attributed to clashes between rivaling cartel gangs.
The rise in murders is a 9.6 percent increase from the same period just last year.
Just last year there were 33,500 murders in Mexico which was considered the most in the country’s history since records began in 1997.
The rising numbers contradict statements made by Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, who has in various occasions said that the murder rate hasn’t risen since he took office in December.
López Obrador plans to reduce the violence through social programs and a new militarized police team known as the National Guard. It still is left to be determined if the new police force will make a difference when it comes to violence and the protection of citizens.
“What concerns us the most is guaranteeing public safety,” López Obrador said at a Navy event Sunday. “That is why a reform of the constitution was proposed so that the army and the navy can help us.”
The increasing violence has led to places like the city of Tijuana being deemed the “most violent city in the world.”
Just last month, Tijuana was deemed by Mexico’s Citizens’ Council for Public Safety and Criminal Justice to be the most violent city in the world. The city had 2,519 murders in 2018, a 40 percent increase from 2017, according to KQED Public Media.
The same report shows that five cities in Mexico are among the most dangerous in the world. This includes Acapulco, Victoria, Juarez, Irapuato and Tijuana. The cities are home to where homicides have risen to historic levels in recent years amid a military-led war against criminal groups.
So why is this violence happening and what is being done to stop it?
Experts have pointed out that the increased violence is due to inter-cartel fighting and bloodshed. It’s also a sign of the power struggle for control between the Sinaloa and the Jalisco New Generation cartel groups as the main driver for the homicides. Both groups have attempted to cement themselves as the main smugglers of drugs and narcotics into the United States.
Even as López Obrador plans to increase authority force in Mexico through the new National Guard, it won’t be easy. López Obrador inherited a decade-long drug war that has seen thousands of citizens die along the way.
The plan to diminish the influence of drug cartels that have long gripped the country has been difficult. Previous presidents have had limited success with stopping violence and it’s still to be determined if the latest leadership will fare any differently.