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Homicides down, but other violent deaths rise in Yucatán

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In February the number of violent deaths in Yucatán doubled, compared to the same period last year.

According to data from the SSP, at the end of February there were 82 violent deaths, which were mainly traffic accidents, but also include homicides and suicides.

In the first two months of 2018, homicides decreased by 50 percent. In January and February of 2017 there were 14; during the same period of 2018 there were seven.

So far in 2018, in Yucatan there have been seven homicides, about 90 percent of which are considered solved; 37 suicides and 73 traffic-related deaths due to traffic accidents, totaling 117 violent deaths.

Every 8.1 hours there was a death due to unnatural causes in Yucatán last month. In February 2017, unnatural causes claimed a victim every 16.8 hours.

On average, every 12.1 hours the SSP and the Prosecutor’s Office learn of a death from unnatural causes in Yucatán state. Last year, they got a call every 15.5 hours.

Suicides in 2018 have increased 25.5 percent, going from 28 in 2017 to 37 in 2018. Traffic fatalities rose 67.1 percent, from 49 in 2017 to 73 this year.

Mérida concentrates the greatest number of these deaths, especially suicides; followed by Kanasín, Progreso and Umán.

Source: Diario de Yucatán

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