Thursday, December 9, 2010

Random Security Stats

The CNDH says that 100 innocent bystanders have died in the last year and a half in shootings involving Mexican authorities.

Only 32 percent of a recent batch of aspirants to state anti-kidnapping bureaus were seemed suitable, though if this is a bad thing (i.e. only the misfits want to join the cops) or a good thing (it's so competitive that only a third can get in). The article implies that it's the former case, but I suspect that many in the Mexican media would write it that way regardless.

A local university study found that in Juárez, there are almost 33,000 empty houses as a result of an insecurity-induced exodus. In the southeast region of the city, more than half the houses are unoccupied; in the northwest, the figure is 33 percent.

The PGR says that the number of protected witnesses has tripled from 80 in 2006 to more than 267 today. That conflicts with this report that said the jump was from 99 in 2002 to more than 400 today, but in any event, I think we can agree that the number is rising. I also think that we can agree that in a nation where there somewhere from 500,000 to 1 million earning their living in the drug trade, and with a total pie of $25 billion or so, even 400 is a pretty small number.

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