Translated by Jesús Ronquillo / Circuito Frontera
The number of murders up to October in the state totaled 1,732 homicides in 2023, according to data from the Executive Secretary of the National Public Security System (SESNSP) and the State Public Security Secretariat.
According to information from the SESNSP, from January to September 2023, 1,596 homicide crimes were registered in the state of Chihuahua, of which 1,341 were classified as intentional homicides.
While on Monday, the State Public Security Secretary, Gilberto Loya Chávez, announced that as of October 30, 2023, 136 intentional homicides were recorded in the state of Chihuahua.
Regarding homicides in the state during October, the Secretary of State Public Security, Gilberto Loya Chávez, said that the majority of homicides were registered in Ciudad Juárez with 78; in Chihuahua City there were 28 and the rest in other municipalities of the state.
Loya Chavez added that 98 percent of high-impact crimes, such as intentional homicide, are linked to some type of organized crime activity, such as drug dealing or the fight for control of the plaza.
Regarding the number of homicides, last week, the Attorney General of the State of Chihuahua, César Jáuregui Moreno, stated that in 2021 (before the entrance of the current administration) the state of Chihuahua registered 2,500 homicides, while during 2022, that figure was reduced to 2,000, with the expectation that 2023 will close with an additional decrease.
According to the SESNSP report, during 2021, the number of homicides in the state was 2,388, of which 2,60 were classified as intentional. For 2022, the same report showed that there were 2,59 homicides, of which 1,654 were classified as intentional.
Although there was a decrease in 2022 compared to 2021, it was only 13.7 percent overall.
Feminicides and homicides of women
In this context, it should be noted that Ciudad Juarez ranks first nationally in terms of the crime of femicide, since from January to September 2023, 19 victims were recorded for this cause, also with data from the Executive Secretary.
The report also revealed that this border has a population of 745,698 women, of which 2.55 are victims of femicide per 100,000 inhabitants.
Likewise, according to data from Red Mesa de Mujeres, 118 women were victims of homicide in this city during the first nine months of the year. This means that, on average, a woman is murdered every three days on the border.
The report of the Executive Secretary also indicated that the state of Chihuahua is in seventh place in terms of femicides, with a total of 33 so far this year.
The state ranks fifth nationally in femicides per 100,000 women, with an average of 1.67, while the national average is 0.93. In addition, Chihuahua is in fourth place in homicides of women, with 161 victims registered in 2023.
In response to these data, last Friday, the state attorney general, César Jáuregui Moreno, suggested that the increase in complaints could be contributing to the apparent increase in femicide and homicide records.