Photo: Security Issues in Mexico
Research says that nearly 77 million Mexicans have changed their habits and now go out without wearing jewelry, cash or credit cards to avoid being victims of crime, according to the National Survey of Urban Public Safety. The study by the National Institute of Statistics and Geography (INEGI) last June reveals that this figure represents 65.4 percent of the population in Mexico, amounting to 118 million people.
This is not the only habit that have changed Mexicans, for 29.5 percent of the population do not feel it is safe to visit their friends at night for fear of being robbed, assaulted or kidnapped. Overall, the perception of insecurity among Mexicans fell 2.2 percent in the second quarter of this year compared to the same period last year. The study, which is conducted every three months also indicates that 70 percent of people considered unsafe to live in their own city. Only 18 percent of the population surveyed felt that public safety will improve, and 37.3 percent think it will remain the same. Likewise, 67 percent of Mexicans surveyed said they had witnessed robberies and assaults where they live, while 26 percent heard gunshots.
Vandalism were witnessed by 59 percent of the population and 38.3 percent know of the existence of gangs or gangs in the vicinity of their homes. The survey consulted people 18 older who reside in cities or state capitals of the Republic with 100,000 inhabitants or more. To conduct the study, the INEGI developed five questions to assess the safety of the city where respondents live and the changes that have been made citizens when going outside or the measures being taken around children. The study is conducted each quarter and this time the sample was 2000 336 homes of all entities, including 32 capitals and six cities with over 100 thousand inhabitants. BACKGROUND The first survey was conducted in September 2013, the second in December of that year and the third in March. According to survey data, last year there was a drop of four points percentage in the assessment of safety in metropolitan areas. While last year 18 percent of respondents thought that security would improve in the coming months, in 2014 the figure dropped to 13 percent. Meanwhile, in 2013-68 percent of the population said they had fear of crime, while in 2014 the feeling of fear grew to 70 percent.
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