Kidnappings in Mexico in First Half of 2013

Between January and June 2013, security agencies in Mexico recorded 757 reports of kidnappings. The number of kidnapping reported in the first half of 2013 was the highest ever recorded since records began being tracked in 1997. The record amount in the first half of 2013 follows a trend of increases, with the second highest reported rate being the first half of 2011, when 700 kidnapping recorded. In the first half of 2012, authorities officially recorded 688 kidnappings.

If the month of December 2012 is included to include the entire span of President Enrique Peña Nieto administration, then there were 878 reported kidnappings in Mexico.

Up to 30 percent of kidnappings victims in Mexico are killed by their captors.

Source: Marguerite Cawley, “Mexico Kidnappings Highest in 16 Years,” Insight Crime, September 16, 2013.