By Mario Conde
Baja California is second place in crime and violence in Mexico according to a study made by the Center of Investigation for Development.
The State of Baja California was named second place in crime at the national level thanks to information gathered from the Federal National Security System. The State even tops other high criminal states such as Mexico City and Sinaloa. Chihuahua was named the number one criminal State in Mexico.
Baja California is the national leader in auto theft since the State has 18.9 cars stolen everyday for every one thousand people. Mexico City has only 5.8 cars stolen every day, according to the study. The safest states in the nation according to the group are Yucatan, Hidalgo, and San Luis Potosi.
The study also says that one in every three vehicles stolen in all of Mexico in 2008 where stolen in Baja California. The State of Chihuahua is the only State categorized as “Very High” in terms of criminal activity.
In terms of homicides, for every one hundred thousand people Chihuahua has 47.1% and Baja California has 20.5. In terms of executions for every 100,000 people, Baja California holds the fourth place in the nation with 10.5 but Chihuahua registers itself in first with 31.1 and in second is Durango.
The investigation says that even where there have been significant victories against organized crime, the number of executions has multiplied; the sense of vulnerability is stronger than ever. The study also criticizes their legislative representatives for incremental penal laws but not doing enough to implement strategies for capturing criminals.
The recommendations made in the study are to develop a criminology policy for every type of crime and improve police intelligence and focus more on prevention methods.