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NGO: Crime Statistics Continue Rising in Mexican Border State

CIUDAD VICTORIA, Tamaulipas — The results of a new report by a nongovernmental organization point to a dark outlook for this border state. Based on statistic presented by the group, Tamaulipas has seen a spike in high impact crimes which has driven numerous businessmen from the area.

A report presented by members of the NGO Tamaulipas Citizen’s Observatory revealed the number of crimes that have been recorded in the time period between October 2016 and September 2017. The activists pointed out that they did not include the month of October for the current year since the trend continues to climb. The crimes that saw the largest spike are murder, manslaughter, kidnapping, extortion, home robberies, and sexual abuse.

Juan Antonio Centeno Quevedo, the research director for the NGO said that in the last six months, Ciudad Victoria has seen 212 murders out of 731 that were recorded in the state. pointing to a 29 percent of the total murders in the state.

In regards to kidnapping, the ONG recorded 25 cases in Ciudad Victoria versus 165 cases in the state. When compared to the rest of the country, the number surpasses by .96 the rate of crimes at the national level. The recorded extortions in the city were 34 while at the state level 170 cases were recorded. The number also marks a sharp contrast when compared to the national level.

In the case of home robberies, there were 473 complaints in Ciudad Victoria out of 2,881 in the state pointing to 16.42 percent of the crimes of its kind in the state. The cases of sexual abuse in the city reached 51 cases and make up an approximate 10 percent of the 489 cases reported statewide. When compared with the national crime rate per 100,000 cases, the stats show a spike of 14.21 versus 10.50 when compared with the national level.

Jorge Pensado Robles, the coordinator for the ONG claimed that whiles state authorities have been applying new security strategies the results have not yet been felt. The lack of security conditions has led to an exodus of businessmen who fear falling victims to organized crime.

“They have applied some of the strategies that we recommended but we need more, we need for all of the authorities work together and in doing so bring down this problem,” he said.

Editor’s Note: Breitbart Texas traveled to the Mexican States of Tamaulipas, Coahuila, and Nuevo León to recruit citizen journalists willing to risk their lives and expose the cartels silencing their communities. The writers would face certain death at the hands of the various cartels that operate in those areas including the Gulf Cartel and Los Zetas if a pseudonym were not used. Breitbart Texas’ Cartel Chronicles are published in both English and in their original Spanish. This article was written by “Francisco Morales” from Tamaulipas.

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