A Fragile Peace

The 2015 Mexico Peace Index shows that Mexico has become 16% more peaceful over the last three years, with 26 of the 32 states becoming more peaceful. However 2014 saw very little improvement, indicating that it is too early to determine if this trend away from violence will stick.

Changes in Peace

Mexico’s recent increase in peace can be attributed to a significant drop in the number of homicides, which has declined by 30% over the last two years. Organised crime has also decreased by 25%, this is measured by extortion, kidnapping and narcotics offenses. Another indicator that improve is the violent crime rate, which fell by 12%.

Despite the decrease in homicide, organised and violent crime, there are some areas where Mexico has gotten worse. Weapons crime has increased by 11%, while the other three indicators that make up the Mexico Peace Index plateaued. They are: justice efficiency, incarceration and police funding.

The justice efficiency indicator, which measures the ratio of homicide convictions to the number of homicides, continued to decline, while the number of homicides relative to prosecutions doubled. This is a worry trend.

To understand more about trends in peace and violence in Mexico, download the 2015 Mexico Peace Index Report and explore from page 19 onwards.

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