Cancun, Q.R. — A new security and justice study for Mexico lists the top 20 most violent areas of Mexico, of which Cancun and Riviera Maya regions do not appear.
In a press conference, José Antonio Ortega of the Citizen Council for Public Safety and Criminal Justice said that the “most dramatic” change in the reconfiguration of violence in Mexico is the inclusion of three municipalities of Colima (Tecomán, Manzanillo, Colima) being among the 20 most violent localities.
“With 103.83 points in the Municipal Violence Index, which is the highest recorded so far and more than four times the national violence average which was 23.40 points in 2017, Tecomán is the most violent municipality in the country.
“It should be noted that in 2015, Tecomán was ranked 85th in the Municipal Violence Index, with 20.46 points,” said José Antonio Ortega, president of the association.
Antonio Ortega stressed that with 172.51 homicides per 100,000 inhabitants, Tecomán had the highest rate in 2017 since the study began in 2012.
According to the Index, which measures violence in the 250 municipalities with more than 100,000 inhabitants, the next most violent city in Mexico is Chilapa de Álvarez, Guerrero.
Ortega explained that the analysis was based on the figures of crimes in preliminary inquiries and investigative files initiated in 2017 by the public prosecutors of the common jurisdiction, in relation to the crimes of intentional homicide, kidnapping, rape, intentional injuries, robbery with violence and extortion in each of the municipalities of Mexico.
“The reconfiguration is for the struggle of the squares and for the lawsuits of the drug trafficking groups, and above all, of those armed groups that have been able to stop us,” he said.
“In the case of Colima, we see a very clear dispute between two groups, Cartel Jalisco Nueva Generación and Grupo Sinaloa, which are fighting for the square and that’s where the violence is taking place.”
Other cities to top the list include the municipalities of Acapulco, Tijuana, Playas de Rosarito, Los Cabos, Apatzingán, Chilpancingo, Navolato and Zihuatanejo.
Other cities that made the list were Iguala, Tlalnepantla, Zacatecas, La Paz, Fresnillo, Guadalupe, Centro (Villahermosa) and Victoria.
“Today the authority is not doing what it should do. Something is missing, political will, and that political will must be reflected in lowering these horrific figures of violence,” Ortega said.
“We Mexicans do not deserve this country, we do not want this country. We want a country of peace for our families, for our people with whom we work, for all of society. We require and we need peace to live peacefully.”
Ortega said that the crime statistics show not only the lack of strong strategies against crime, but the lack of political will and strong local police.