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Homicides in Mexico 2006-2009

January 27, 2011
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Homicides in Mexico 2006-2009

Just today the Mexican government released to the public the mortality database for 2009, and as you can see from the chart Mexico has suffered from a steep rise in homicides from 2008 onward and very likely reached the highest violence rate in recent history last year. Since the Mexican government also recently made...

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Some problems with the Mexican mortality database

December 22, 2010
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Some problems with the Mexican mortality database

I've written before about how I couldn't find the Acteal Massacre in the homicide database available at the INEGI. So I decided to check if the deaths that occurred as a consequence of the massacre were misclassified as other types of violent death, and indeed they were. In the municipality of Chenalhó,...

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Recent developments in the drug war

December 1, 2010
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Recent developments in the drug war

The Mexican government recently released data on all crime statistics from January 1997 to October 2010, as reported by the various police forces operating in Mexico. This information provides an unprecedented look at what has happened since the drug war began and allows for a frank assessment of the deterioration of security in Mexico.

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Mapping drug war related homicides in 2010

November 9, 2010
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Mapping drug war related homicides in 2010

There have been some very good visualizations of the Wikileaks data so I decided to create one of the drug war in Mexico The above map was made using data collected by Walter McKay, mainly from El Universal and El Diario reports. The data is stored as a Google Map...

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The dead of Juarez

November 4, 2010
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The dead of Juarez

Ciudad Juárez became the most violent city in Mexico as a consequence of the vicious war between the Juárez Cartel and the Sinaloa Cartel. So far more than 6,500 people have been murdered in this city since the war started. With the Juárez Cartel significantly weakened, 2010 is set to be the most violent year yet... Here are some statistics...

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The 2009 homicide data for Chihuahua has been updated

October 20, 2010
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The 2009 homicide data for Chihuahua has been updated

As I described in this post, the reported number of homicides in Chihuahua during 2009 turned out to be incomplete. Guess what? The SNSP just released an updated version of the homicide data, and Chihuahua went from having 2,523 homicides to 3,156. My estimate was 3,256, so I came pretty...

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How the expiration of the assault weapon ban affected Mexico

September 2, 2010
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How the expiration of the assault weapon ban affected Mexico

There has been a lot of attention paid to the role of US guns exacerbating the violence in Mexico. The assault-weapon ban expired on September 14, 2004, but with the recent spiraling of violence in Mexico the ban has attracted renewed attention. Just recently the Mexican President stood before the American Congress and blamed the assault weapon...

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Myths about Ciudad Juarez

August 18, 2010
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Myths about Ciudad Juarez

Last year there were over 2,600 murders in Ciudad Juarez, and if the more than 1,800 murders so far this year are any indications, there will be even more murders in 2010. Ciudad Juarez is a scary place, but it wasn't always that way... I learned from Noel Maurer's Blog that Ciudad Juarez used to have a low murder...

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Hacking the CISEN homicide data

August 4, 2010
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Hacking the CISEN homicide data

The director of the CISEN, the Mexican agency in charge of generating intelligence to safeguard Mexico's security, said in a presentation yesterday that the number of homicides linked to the drug war was a little over 28,000 since the start of the Calderon administration. Guillermo Valdés didn't provide the raw data so I used Engauge to digitize...

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Mystery solved: The discrepancy in homicide data

July 27, 2010
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Mystery solved: The discrepancy in homicide data

I've been complaining about how homicide statistics from police sources were too low in 2009, with the entire state of Chihuahua having less homicides than its biggest city. I was thinking of finding out if I could use the IFAI (Freedom of Information Access) to obtain the original CIEISP forms which the state police forces are supposed to fill out each month...

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