Tijuana's violent crime rate: Tijuana had roughly 2,000 murders in 2020. The data are disturbing, even though they are down from the previous two years, but as writer Mark Twain put it, there are "lies, filthy lies, and statistics." Tijuana's Zona Norte, or red-light area, is a prime example. The city's tourism office promotes it as one of Mexico's most dangerous neighborhoods with a high rate of gun violence and drug trafficking.
While most cities across the United States see their murder rates go up instead of down, Tijuana has seen its murder rate drop over the last two years. However, other factors may be at play here; for example, the city's tourist industry has made major improvements to its security apparatus since 2014, when more than 10,000 people visited this border town every day.
There have been efforts by some members of Tijuana's police force to reduce crime, but due to lack of resources they have had little effect. For example, in 2016, then-police chief Jesus Garcia Rodríguez ordered his officers to stop making traffic stops because he said this was preventing them from doing their real job of fighting crime.
Crime is often underreported in Mexico, so the true extent of violence there is still unknown. For example, while Tijuana has a low percentage of crimes that are reported to authorities, many others are resolved through bribes rather than arrests.
The figures are nearly equal to last year's total of 2,000 documented killings in the city. According to data released by the Baja California Attorney General's Office, there have been 825 violent fatalities in Tijuana as of the end of May. There were 833 during the same time period in 2020. The number includes both men and women, but it is predominantly made up of males between the ages of 15 and 39.
There have been more than 3,000 murders in Mexico since January 1, 2019. This is a record for any single month since records began in 1997. In addition, there have been more than 10,000 people reported missing or kidnapped. Most of these cases involve individuals who have gone missing while traveling through Mexico on their way to work in the United States.
Crime scene photos on Tijuana Street show bodies strewn across a sidewalk in front of a house. Some of the corpses are naked; others are wearing clothes. Many of the victims have multiple stab wounds or other signs of violence.
Tijuana has the highest murder rate in Mexico. These figures include both drug-related and non-drug related homicides. Between 2010 and 2019, an average of 12 people were killed every day in Tijuana.
In 2009, the FBI launched a program called "Operation Border Hunt" to combat crime in border cities like Tijuana.
However, Baja California had 2,883 murders in 2019, down from 3,159 in 2018. According to statistics, Tijuana has the world's highest per capita murder rate. In 2019, Tijuana had 2,208 murders, down from 2,519 in 2018. The crime rate has declined by about 25 percent since 2010.
There are several factors that may be leading to a decrease in violence. Police have been re-deployed away from street patrol duties to work full time investigating crimes. They're being supported by additional officers recruited from other areas of the country who are assigned for six month periods to Tijuana city police. The new unit has been successful in reducing homicides.
Additionally, prosecutors are using all of their power to put criminals behind bars. In 2008, President Bush signed into law the Justice For All Act, which provided $50 million over three years to support increased security and aid to victims of crime in Baja California. Since then, Congress has continued to provide funding for the program.
The Tijuana government has also taken measures to reduce crime by establishing community policing programs and offering financial incentives to residents who report crimes quickly. Finally, the Mexican government has begun working with U.S. authorities to return illegal immigrants back across the border if they are suspected of committing crimes here. The strategy aims to cut down on the number of individuals who are arrested for crimes they didn't commit.
The Mexican city of Tijuana has the highest murder rate in the world among all cities outside of the Middle East and conflict zones. According to official and depressing data, 138 persons were killed in Tijuana out of a population of 100,000. To maintain its position as a murder capital, the city does not draw many ordinary tourists.
However, Tijuana is becoming more popular with adventure travelers who like to take risks. The city has more than 300 bars and nightclubs, many of which are very dangerous. There are also several other ways people can die while visiting or living in Tijuana. For example, there have been recent reports of women being murdered by their partners after divorcing them. These cases often go unreported because people do not want to end up like the dozens of missing people from Tijuana.
In conclusion, tourists should know that they are at risk of being victim of crime in any part of Mexico including Tijuana. The best way to protect yourself is to follow common sense precautions such as not walking alone at night, not giving out personal information to strangers, and checking on friends or family members who may be going alone somewhere.
The crime rate is largely tied to Tijuana's location and closeness to the California border. According to official Mexican government figures, the five municipalities of Baja California—Tijuana, Mexicali, Ensenada, Rosarito, and Tecate—all recorded a record increase in killings in 2017. The rise was particularly dramatic in Tijuana, where there were 2,051 homicides last year, a 30 percent increase over 2016.
Tijuana is one of several cities on the U.S.-Mexico border that have experienced rising violence over the past few years. Some observers attribute this trend to increased drug trafficking activity along with greater competition between criminal groups for control of local drug markets. There are more police officers in Tijuana now than ever before, but they often lack the resources or authority to go after major players.
The city's crime problem has attracted attention from the media and politicians on both sides of the border. In an attempt to curb violence, President Trump tweeted his support for Tijuana's mayor to "stop the murder wave" by building more bridges, not walls. In response, Mayor Juan Manuel Gastelum announced a campaign to clean up graffiti with the help of community members.
Crime in Tijuana is heavily concentrated in a few neighborhoods known as narco-trafficking corridors. These are areas of town where drugs are frequently smuggled into Mexico from the United States.