2018 saw Mexico’s murder rate reach truly elevated levels – 91 a day, totalling 33,341, according to the country’s Secretariat of Security and Citizen Protection.
This was 15% higher year-on-year, and an all-time record. The crime wave – weapons’ possession, drug trafficking, fiscal crimes, kidnapping, you name it – is becoming a veritable tsunami.
When he was elected on 1 July 2018 President Andrés Manuel López Obrador (pictured) promised to “address the root causes of crime and violence”; he’s got a lot to do.
Mexico has fewer than half the police officers it needs. Only 42% meet basic competency standards and just 10% have been trained in criminal investigation. Only 4% of reported crimes result in official punishment because of a deficit in police, prosecutors, and judges.