Homicides continue upward trend in Mexico

The crime monitoring NGO Semáforo Delictivo reported on 25 October 2016 that murders in Mexico increased by 20 percent from January to September 2016 compared to the same period in 2015 (La Jornada). From January to September 2016, 15,201 murders were committed in the country, with 8,815 stemming from organized crime. Semáforo Delictivo Director Santiago Roel cited Colima as the state with the highest murder rate at 61 per 100,000 inhabitants, followed by Guerrero with 47 and Sinaloa with 29 (La Jornada). Roel attributed the increase in homicides to a lack of opportunities, drug trade, and poor governance. Semáforo Delictivo placed the overall murder rate for the country at 12.7 per 100,000 inhabitants (Prensa Latina).