Homicides Rise in Mexico
Yet people feel safer. What gives?
The perception of safety is as important as safety itself. Although "being" safe is not the same as "feeling" safe, something needs to be explained when the trends between perception and reality go in markedly opposite directions.
That is the case of Mexico. While more than 100,000 deaths in the last three years show an increase in the official registry of intentional homicides —the murder rate has almost doubled since 2015. Government surveys on citizen perception of insecurity, on the other hand, show a strong downward trend: the crime incidence rate for 2020 was 9.09 % lower than 2019.
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