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Is Mexico Getting Scarier or Safer?

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Mexico’s president-elect, Enrique Pena Nieto won’t take office until December, and it’s unclear how he’ll approach the drug war raging in his borders. But what if you’re thinking about a trip now? Is Mexico getting scarier or safer? The answer depends on where you’re headed and when.

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How safe is Mexico for travelers?

Enrique Pena Nieto, winner of Mexico’s presidential election, won’t take office until December, and it’s unclear how he’ll approach the drug war that has killed an estimated 47,000 people or more since late 2006.

But what if you’re thinking about a trip now? Is Mexico getting scarier or safer?

The answer depends on where you’re headed and when. It can’t hurt to look at recent findings by the Trans-Border Institute at the University of San Diego’s Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies. The most recent numbers show a marked decline in drug killings this year.

In a new analysis of cartel-related killings reported by the Mexican daily Reforma, the institute has found 6,663 such homicides in the first 34 weeks of 2012, a 23% decrease from the same date last year.

“That’s a huge difference over one year,” said David Shirk, director of the Trans-Border Institute. “We’re expecting this to be the first year in at least five years, probably in 10 years, in which violence has fallen year over year.”

As the overall homicide rate has fallen, Shirk said, Nuevo León has emerged as the most violent state in Mexico, with 917 cartel executions as of Aug. 25. Chihuahua, Sinaloa, Guerrero and Coahuila were the other states with the most cartel killings, but their situations vary widely.

The homicide rate slowed dramatically in Chihuahua, Shirk said, while it was rising in Coahuila. The institute reported in the July issue of its “Justice in Mexico” news monitor report that Coahuila’s capital, Torreon, “now appears to be Mexico’s most violent city.” The report cited 419 homicides in the first 6 1/2 months of 2012. You can read more about it at www.lat.ms/RVQOeW.

Even as killings were increasing and spreading to new corners of the country in 2011, the report found, several states remained above the larger fray.

Yucatán, Campeche, Tlaxcala and Baja California Sur (which includes Los Cabos) “have been largely free of violence, with fewer than 15 cases of organized crime homicides during the year,” it says.

Despite the daunting numbers and violence in some tourist cities, including Acapulco and Mazatlan, Shirk said, “there are lots of places that tourists like to go that are safer, in terms of homicides, than lots of places in the United States. You’re safer in Cancun than you are in Gary, Ind., if your sole measure is homicide statistics.”

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