Homicide Rate

Baja California Sur state capital La Paz ranked sixth in CCSPJP’s studyof highest homicide rates. With the exception of a few urban centers in the United States and South Africa, the latest annual ranking of the world’s 50 most homicidal cities by the Citizen Council for Public Security and Criminal Justice (Consejo Ciudadano para la Seguridad Pública y la Justicia Penal – CCSPJP) is comprised entirely of Latin American and Caribbean locations.

Seguridad, Justicia y Paz - CCSPJP
For the ninth year in a row, the Mexican non-governmental organization compiled data of voluntary homicides (excluding those committed in open warfare) in cities of more than 300,000 inhabitants, using official or alternate sources “whose estimates and calculation methods can be verified.” Just three countries Brazil, Mexico and Venezuela - are home to more than two-thirds of the cities on the list. Organized crime and related illegal economies are a prime driver of violence in Latin America and the Caribbean.

Los Cabos, the city with the highest homicide rate in the world, and one of five Mexican localities in CCSPJP’s top 10, suffered a nearly 300 percent increase in murders due to clashes between factions of the Sinaloa Cartel and the Jalisco Cartel New Generation (Cartel Jalisco Nueva Generación – CJNG). The battle has helped make the state of Baja California Sur the second-most violent in Mexico.

For the sake of fairness please consider several factors and obvious flaws. 
  • a) understand how this report is created (translation here)
  • b) Los Cabos is NOT a city but a municipality (main location within are San José del Cabo, Cabo San Lucas, Miraflores, Santiago and La Ribera)
  • c) the report would be far worse if the study had counted the stats for the cities of Cabo San Lucas & San Jose del Cabo separately, instead of compiling them together as "Los Cabos"
  • d) there is a significant difference regarding number of murders in Los Cabos area comparing government and local news sources (365 vs 426)
  • e) as expected there is push-back from many sources- research the origin to understand if critic is concerning the report per se or if (monetary) interests and "damage control" are the reason
  • f) take local - news or opinion - reporting with a large grain of salt! You will not find unbiased reporting, print or online, in this part of the world. EVERYBODY with government advertising on the website is paid by the government! Read a report by our frequent contributor eKrespo here

The state capital La Paz ranked sixth in CCSPJP study

Document credits Consejo Ciudadano para la Seguridad Pública y la Justicia Penal – CCSPJP. More info here
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