Kidnappings in Mexico fell 39% during 2020, according to NGO

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Activist Isabel Miranda speaks on September 21, 2016, during an interview with Efe in Mexico City. EFE / Jorge Núñez / Archive

Mexico, Jan 13 (EFE) .- The number of kidnappings in Mexican territory fell 39% in 2020 with 1,151 crimes registered compared to 1,887 the previous year, reported this Wednesday the organization Stop Kidnapping in its annual report.
“We normally brought five kidnappings a day on average, today we are down to four kidnappings precisely because we have a decrease throughout the year,” acknowledged Isabel Miranda de Wallace, president of the association, when presenting the report.
The report recorded 3,217 kidnappings in the first two years of the presidency of Andrés Manuel López Obrador, who took office in December 2018.
This is a decrease of 37.4% compared to the 5,144 kidnappings in the first two years of former President Enrique Peña Nieto (2012-2018), but an increase of 128.3% compared to the 1,409 crimes of the same period of former President Felipe Calderón ( 2006-2012).
“It is important to look at it retrospectively so that we have no doubts about how we are. Today we are worse than two six-year terms ago, but we are better compared to the past, that is important,” said De Wallace.
The 3,217 crimes involve 4,117 victims and 3,567 detainees, the organization detailed.
This means a national rate of 2.86 victims per 100,000 inhabitants, the report said.
In these last two years, only five entities concentrate 56.3% of kidnappings nationwide: Veracruz with 680, State of Mexico with 548, Mexico City with 290, Puebla with 150, and Morelos with 145.
The municipalities or mayors with the highest incidence are Iztapalapa, in Mexico City; Xalapa, capital of Veracruz; Cancun, in Quintana Roo; Ecatepec, in the State of Mexico; Coatzacoalcos and Córdoba, in Veracruz, and Cuauhtémoc, in Mexico City.
Only last December, Stop the Kidnapping documented 79 crimes of deprivation of liberty, 93 victims and 99 detainees, which implies monthly reductions of 8.1%, 8.8% and 40%, respectively.
De Wallace also considered it historical that for the first time in many years there were 10 states that did not report a single kidnapping that month: Aguascalientes, Baja California, Campeche, Coahuila, Colima, Guanajuato, Nayarit, Querétaro, San Luis Potosí and Yucatán.
Despite celebrating the data, the president of the organization warned that there is still a “black figure”, noting that in November the authorities left out 30% of the kidnappings that the association reported.
He also regretted that the number of victims is still too high.
“It still seems like a huge number to us, it doesn’t matter if there are 1,000, I think there should be no kidnapping and we must keep fighting for this to go lower and lower,” insisted De Wallace.

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