In 2017, Mexico registered a record high number of murder investigations in the country’s modern history. 23,101 murder investigations were opened, surpassing the country’s former record in 2011.

Violence in Mexico

Violence in Mexico Photo Credit: EPA

Mexico experienced a record number of murders in 2017, making it the deadliest year in the country’s modern history. The data served as a blow to President Enrique Peña Nieto, whose campaign promise consisted of fighting drug cartel violence and reducing murder rates.

23,101 murder investigations were opened in 2017 in Mexico, surpassing the record of 22,409 murder investigations that were opened in 2011. Nieto, who assumed office in 2012, placed combating gang activity at the top of his priorities after his predecessor failed in curbing related violence.

According to UN figures, Mexico’s murder rate stands at 18.7 per 100,000 inhabitants, still behind Colombia and Brazil that registered in 2015 around 27 murdered people per 100,000, Venezuela 57 and Honduras 64. The murder rate in the US stood at about 5 per 100,000 in 2015.

Opinion polls in Mexico place left-wing Andrés Manuel López Obrador as the leading political candidate for the 2018 presidential election. Obrador said he favors speaking with the criminal gangs in the country and negotiating an amnesty to reduce the rising violence.