New Government Data Shows Mexican Citizens Feel Unsafe

10/10/16 InSight Crime

mexican security.jpgThe Mexican government’s most recent annual survey of crime victimization rates and perceptions of security shows little improvement — and some backsliding — on several key indicators of public safety.

Mexico’s National Statistics and Geography Institute (Instituto Nacional de Estadística y Geografía – INEGI) released its annual National Survey on Victimization and Perception of Public Security (Encuesta Nacional de Victimización y Percepción Sobre Seguridad Pública – ENVIPE) on September 27 (pdf).

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Number of unsolved crimes in Mexico rose in 2015: poll

09/27/16 Reuters

Weapons seized from Mexican cartels last November

The number of unsolved crimes in Mexico rose in 2015, with 93.7 percent of all infractions going unreported or uninvestigated, in a fresh blow to government efforts to stem years of drug violence and restore law and order. The survey, published by the National Institute of Statistics and Geography (INEGI) on Tuesday, said the 2015 unsolved crime levels were up 0.9 percent from the year prior.

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Mexico Statistics Body Criticized for Poverty Survey Changes

07/18/16 The New York Times

inegiMEXICO CITY — Anti-poverty groups in Mexico accused the national statistics agency Monday of arbitrarily changing the way it measures income surveys so poverty appears to be less of a problem.

The statistics agency, known as the INEGI, defended the changes, saying it “improved” the way it measures income because it suspected people were underreporting what they earn.

The agency said it required its interviewers to dig deeper with people who reported no income, to turn up even the most meager sources of income like handouts, odd jobs or help from relatives. Those previously unregistered amounts were then added to the count in the survey, which was carried out late last year.

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Mexico cuts poverty at a stroke – by changing the way it measures earnings

06/18/17 The Guardian

Mexico Poverty by Flickr user Global Tribe
Photo by Flickr User Global Tribe

Mexico’s impoverished masses were up to 33.6% richer in 2015 than the previous year, according to the state-run statistics service.

But the change owes less to a sudden increase in actual wealth and wellbeing for the country’s poor than to unannounced changes in the methodology for measuring household earnings.

The changes make comparing poverty rates from one year to the next impossible – something acknowledged by the National Geography and Statistics Institute (Inegi).

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Mexico inflation in first half of March at 2.71 pct

3/22/16 Reuters

Mexico’s annual consumer price inflation rate in the first half of March stood at 2.71 percent, data from the country’s statistics agency INEGI showed on Tuesday.

Consumer prices rose by 0.1 percent in the first half of March.

The index of core consumer prices rose by 2.86 percent compared with the same month a year earlier, and by 0.3 percent in the first two weeks of March, the data showed. (Reporting by David Alire Garcia)

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Mexico’s homicide rate continued to drop in 2014

7/21/15 El Daily Post

Tcrime scenehere were 19,699 registered homicides in Mexico last year, 16 for every 100,000 residents.

That’s 16 percent fewer than the year before, when 19 homicides per 100,000 were registered. These figures, published this week by the National Statistics Institute (INEGI), are crunched from Civil Registry data and from information supplied by local prosecutors across the nation. Homicide-rate measured per 100,000 population is an international indicator used by the United Nations, as well as by INEGI since 1990. In Mexico’s case, they confirm that through 2014 at least, Mexico’s murder rate has been dropping since 2011. In raw numbers, the 19,699 registered homicides  in 2014 were 7,544 fewer than in 2011, 6,298 fewer than 2012 and 3,394 fewer than 2013.

The first two full years of the Peña Nieto administration (2013-14) registered, according to INEGI, 10,448 homicides fewer than what was registered in the last two years of his predecessor, Felipe Calderón.

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Mexico Gross Fixed Investment Rises 5.2%

7/4/15 Latin American Herald Tribune

5504964078_df874cacb5_zGross fixed investment in Mexico climbed 5.2 percent in April compared with the same month in 2014, the National Institute of Statistics and Geography, or INEGI, said Friday.

The increase was due to a 4.2 percent hike in construction spending and an advance of 7.9 percent in outlays on machinery and equipment, INEGI said in a statement.

On a seasonally adjusted basis, gross fixed investment edged up 0.4 percent from March to April, powered by gains of 2.4 percent in expenditures on machinery and equipment and 0.4 percent in construction spending.

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