Murder rate in Mexico hit 20,500 in 2015
More than 20,500 homicides were committed in Mexico in 2015, rising slightly from 2014 after murders had fallen for three consecutive years, official figures showed. A total of 20,525 homicides were reported last year, compared with 20,010 in 2014, according to the national statistics institute (INEGI). While the rate remained the same as in 2014, with 17 homicides per 100,000 inhabitants, it marked an end to a downward trend. Murders surged in Mexico after the government deployed troops to crack down on drug cartels in December 2006.