Nearly a Third of Mexico Households Targets of Crime, Study Says

Los Angeles Times, October 5, 2012

Nearly a of third of households in Mexico suffered a crime in 2011 and only in 8% of those cases was a preliminary investigation opened, according to new figures from the national statistics institute.

The numbers demonstrate that crimes with victims, including robbery, assault, car theft, extortion, identity theft, and kidnappings, are widely under-reported to authorities in Mexico and that the true scope is probably unknown.

The National Institute of Statistics and Geography, or Inegi by its Spanish acronym, polled 95,903 homes this spring and asked respondents to list instances of crime victimization in 2011, not including homicides.

In 30.6% of households polled, at least one adult resident was victimized in 2011. When the victim was present, “physical aggression” occurred in 26.6% of the cases.

The most common crimes were robberies or muggings, car thefts and burglaries. In 91.6% of the cases, preliminary investigations were not started, as victims widely distrust the police or see reporting crimes as a “waste of time,” Inegi said in an analysis released Sept. 27.


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  • Puggg

    They only come here to do the crimes Americans won’t do.

    Seriously.  They might be better than blacks, but just wait until they’re an overwhelming majority.  Then their true criminality will shine through.

  • American_cavalier

    Hmmm. So Mexicans don’t report crime? And the level of those who do is less than 8%? And Police Chiefs and reporters here in the US state we must continue immigration because doing otherwise will continue not reporting crime by Hispanic Americans? So, in turn, they must agree that Hispanic Americans are significantly under-reporting crime? And if that is the case, does that mean much of the fall in crime is not really a fall in actual crime but a fall in reports of crime? What, with 50% of LA population being Hispanic, and reported Hispanic victims of crime being 30% of the crime in LA, and a targeted assumption of only 8% of Hispanic victims reporting crime, then I guess crime in LA is actually essentially 30% higher? So, basically crime in LA is still at levels of the 1990’s. FAIL!!!! 

  • Tim_in_Indiana

    I must tell you I am shocked, SHOCKED! I thought being exposed to decadent American culture and “racism” is what turned Mexicans to crime…

  • Those committing crime in mexico are entirely mexican. Remind me again why we would want these people here with their known propensity to commit crime?

  • JohnEngelman

    Americans who hate paying taxes should consider Mexico as a a low tax alternative to living in the United States. In 2006 total taxes in the United States as a percentage of gross domestic product was 28.0 percent. In Mexico it was 20.6 percent.

     Because law enforcement officials and judges in Mexico are underpaid they supplement their salaries with corruption. Because business is under regulated it pollutes and offers dangerous working conditions. What you also get from low taxes are dirt roads and dangerous drinking water.

  • Or a member of their La Raza.

  • Michael C. Scott

    So it is white English-speaking men who drive to Mexico at night and commit all these crimes?

    I didn’t think so, either.