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Yucatán homicide rate 10x below national average in 2017

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Yucatán maintains its status as safest state in Mexico. Photo: Wikimedia Commons

Yucatán has the country’s lowest homicide rate and kidnapping rates and sees fewer vehicle thefts and violent robberies, according to the latest report from the National Public Security System.

The federal body, which is responsible for Mexico’s statistics and indicators, published the final figures for 2017 on security and crime, which reflect progress in the state.

For the second year in a row, the number of homicides in Yucatán decreased, down to 2.12 for every 100,000 inhabitants. That is 10 times below the national average and three times lower than the second-safest state, Aguascalientes. (It is also less than New York City, the “safest big city in the U.S.” which recorded 3.4 homicides for every 100,000 people.)

No kidnappings or violent robberies were reported the entire year in Yucatán.

Motor vehicle thefts in Yucatán were at a historic low. They occurred 3.22 times for every 100,000 inhabitant, 30 percent below the national average an five times less than the state with the second-fewest car thefts, Campeche.

These figures correspond with favorable public perception. According to the National Institute of Geography and Statistics’ 2017 National Survey of Victimization and Public Safety Perception, 72.8 percent of Yucatecans said they perceived the state as safe.

On average, only about 25.7 percent of respondents across Mexico would say that about their own state.

Source: La Jornada Maya

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