Photo: Mexico Crime Stats
Mexico’s crime rate rose 16.9 percent in 2012, compared to 2011, with one of every three households affected by crime, the National Institute of Statistics and Geography, or INEGI, said.
A total of 27.7 million crimes, or 35,139 crimes for every 100,000 inhabitants, were registered last year, the INEGI said.
The figures come from the National Survey on Victimization and Perceptions of Public Safety, or Envipe, which was conducted from March 4 to April 26 by the INEGI.
The statistics agency surveyed 95,810 households, of which 32.4 percent reported at least one victim of crime in 2012.
That works out to 10.1 million households affected by crime across Mexico, well above the 30.4 percent rate reported in 2011, the INEGI said.
Only 12.2 percent of crimes were reported in 2012, with investigations started by prosecutors in 64.7 percent of the cases.
Of the total crimes occurring in Mexico, only 7.9 percent led to the opening of an investigation, with an estimated 92.1 percent of crimes going unreported or never becoming the subject of an investiagion, the INEGI said.
The Envipe survey had a confidence level of 90 percent.