Oil Theft Spikes in Mexico, While Impunity Remains Widespread

11/23/16 InSight Crime

PikiWiki_Israel_8153_oil_jetty_in_eilat.jpgBarely one out of every ten cases of reported oil theft in Mexico is presented before a judge, a striking figure that illustrates the role pervasive impunity has played in the recent growth of this lucrative criminal industry.

Between 2010 and 2015, Mexico‘s Attorney General’s Office (Procuraduría General de la República – PGR) opened nearly 12,000 pre-trial investigation cases for oil theft, reported Animal Político.

The annual number of incidents rose every year apart from 2015, for an overall increase of 409 percent over the five year period. While the PGR registered an average of 1.6 incidents per day in 2010, that number had gone up to 8 per day by 2015. (See graph below)

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