24 murders per 100,000 people is not that bad...I actually thought it was a lot higher...
From Fox News: Mexico's Murder Rate Tripled Under Calderon, INEGI Reports
Mexico City – Mexico registered 27,199
murders in 2011, or 24 per 100,000 people, three times the murder rate
since President Felipe Calderón took office in December 2006, the
National Institute of Statistics and Geography, or INEGI, said Monday.
The murder rate was higher than the 23 per 100,000 people registered
in 2010, the 18 per 100,000 people in 2009, the 13 per 100,000 people in
2008 and the eight per 100,000 people registered in 2007, the first
full year of Calderón's term, the INEGI said in a statement.
The INEGI figures are based on preliminary death statistics compiled
by the 4,723 civil registry offices and 1,096 federal Attorney General's
Office bureaus in Mexico's 31 states and the Federal District.
The statistics are based on death certificates issued by coroners
without specifying whether or not organized crime members were involved
in the killing.
The Calderón administration does not plan to update the figures on
deaths linked to Mexico's drug war, the Mexico City daily Reforma
reported last week.
The overall murder rate aside, the death toll in Mexico’s bloody drug
war has been hotly debated since outgoing President Calderón declared
an offensive on the country’s drug cartels back in 2006.
The Mexican government, human rights groups and the media argued over
the actual body count, until most media outlets finally settled on
50,000 as an approximate number for those killed in violence. However, a
border and Latin American specialist at the New Mexico State University
Library posits that the actual number is much higher…by almost double.
The drug war murder figures were only an approximate number and an
"experiment" that raised questions among members of the Security
Cabinet, prompting officials to stop compiling these statistics,
National Public Safety System Executive Secretariat Information Center
director Jaime López Aranda told the newspaper.
The latest report was released by the federal government in January
and showed that 47,515 people had died in drug-related violence from
Dec. 1, 2006, when Calderón took office, to Sept. 30, 2011.
The Movement for Peace with Justice and Dignity, which was founded by
human rights activist and poet Javier Sicilia, puts the death toll from
Mexico's drug war at 70,000.
More Statistics from INEGI Report
The number of murders in 2011 was up 5.59 percent in absolute terms, compared to the previous year.
The murder rate last year was 2.7 times higher than in 2005, the last
full year of former President Vicente Fox's administration.
The states with the most murders were Chihuahua, with 4,502; Mexico
state, with 2,613; Guerrero, with 2,425; Nuevo Leon, with 2,177; and
Sinaloa, with 1,988.
Chihuahua was Mexico's most violent state, with 131 murders per
100,000 people, but the homicide rate was down 30 percent from 2010,
when a turf war between rival drug cartels was raging in the border city
of Ciudad Juárez.
Guerrero and Sinaloa states were next, with 71 murders per 100,000
people, followed by Durango (65), Nayarit (53) and Nuevo Leon (46).