Mexico Peace Index 2018

2018 Mexico Peace Index
The 2018 Mexico Peace index - Peace in Mexico has declined for a second year in a row, as indicated by the 2018 Mexico Peace Index. Peace deteriorated by 10.7% from the previous year. The most authoritative research into Mexico’s peacefulness, the Mexico Peace Index, reported that 2017 was the most violent year on record. The report, produced annually by the Institute for Economics and Peace, shows that peace deteriorated by 10.7% from the previous year.
Of the 32 states in Mexico, only seven improved in peacefulness in 2017, and 25 states deteriorated. Mexico has reached historically high levels of violence and homicide.
This deterioration in peace is largely driven by the 25% increase in homicide rate from the previous year, as well as the rise in gun violence for the second year in a row.
Organized crime remains Mexico’s most significant security challenge. Homicides related clashes between organized crime groups escalated in 2017, as cartel leadership were removed or arrested, fracturing groups and creating internal and external power struggles. However, the data indicates a more widespread deterioration in peacefulness.
The rate of organized crime related offenses (kidnapping, extortion and drug crimes) was fairly flat in 2017, showing only a 0.9% rise. But the violent crime rate, which includes assault, robbery and sexual violence, rose 15%, based on increase in all three crimes.