HomeNewsBriefMexico's Next President Promises to Halve Murders in 6 Years
BRIEF

Mexico's Next President Promises to Halve Murders in 6 Years

MEXICO / 19 JUL 2012 BY HANNAH STONE EN

Mexico's President-elect Enrique Peña Nieto has promised to cut murders and kidnapping by half during his time in office, stating that his strategy will prioritize protecting citizens rather than disrupting gang operations.

The Associated Press reported that Peña Nieto pledged to acheive these ambitious goals over his six-year term, which begins in December.

The president-elect plans to launch a new offensive against the smaller, more locally-based gangs that have proliferated in Mexico in recent years, US congressman Henry Cuellar (Rep, Texas), a close associate of Peña Nieto, told the news agency.

InSight Crime Analysis

It is unlikely that Peña Nieto would be able to bring about such a large drop in the murder rate through his security policies alone. However, there are signs that violence related to organized crime may already have peaked, which could mean that it begin to decline significantly during his premiership.

If Peña Nieto does implement a strategy of going after smaller groups, this would mark a change of focus from the current government. When President Felipe Calderon came to power in 2006, he inherited a criminal landscape dominated by a few hegemonic groups, such as the Sinaloa and Gulf Cartels, which concentrated on international drug trafficking. Calderon launched an aggressive US-backed campaign to break the power of these organizations, capture their leaders and disrupt their drug shipments.

The rocketing murder rates during his premiership are partly a result of his success in pursuing these goals. Some of the larger groups fragmented under pressure from the authorities, breaking into splinter gangs who now fight bitterly for their share of the territory. Increased security on the US border, and the reduced power of these groups, means many have moved from international drug trafficking to revenue sources with a far greater impact on the civilian population, such as extortion, kidnapping, and local drug dealing.

A recent report from Southern Pulse predicted that these smaller gangs would be the biggest drivers of violence in Mexico over the next few years: "At the hyper-local level, super-powered street gangs, armed with Twitter, You Tube, the weapon of fear, and an enviable armory will man-handle local politicians and municipal police."

The latest news on Peña Nieto's security policy is an encouraging indication that the incoming president has taken note of this new criminal reality and is designing his security policy accordingly.

share icon icon icon

Was this content helpful?

We want to sustain Latin America’s largest organized crime database, but in order to do so, we need resources.

DONATE

What are your thoughts? Click here to send InSight Crime your comments.

We encourage readers to copy and distribute our work for non-commercial purposes, with attribution to InSight Crime in the byline and links to the original at both the top and bottom of the article. Check the Creative Commons website for more details of how to share our work, and please send us an email if you use an article.

Tags

Was this content helpful?

We want to sustain Latin America’s largest organized crime database, but in order to do so, we need resources.

DONATE

Related Content

BRAZIL / 20 FEB 2021

Drug traffickers engage in a creative game of hide and seek with coast guards and other security forces that board…

BARRIO 18 / 14 SEP 2022

In the mountains of Michoacán, Mexico, Carlos was trained to become a ruthless soldier for the Cárteles Unidos.

COCAINE / 15 JUN 2021

A recent report on drug trafficking and consumption in Europe highlights the acceleration of existing trends and the emergence of…

About InSight Crime

THE ORGANIZATION

Escaping Barrio 18

27 JAN 2023

Last week, InSight Crime published an investigation charting the story of Desafío, a 28-year-old Barrio 18 gang member who is desperate to escape gang life. But there’s one problem: he’s…

THE ORGANIZATION

Europe Coverage Makes a Splash

20 JAN 2023

Last week, InSight Crime published an analysis of the role of Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport as an arrival hub for cocaine and methamphetamine from Mexico.  The article was picked up by…

THE ORGANIZATION

World Looks to InSight Crime for Mexico Expertise

13 JAN 2023

Our coverage of the arrest of Chapitos’ co-founder Ovidio Guzmán López in Mexico has received worldwide attention.In the UK, outlets including The Independent and BBC…

THE ORGANIZATION

InSight Crime Shares Expertise with US State Department

16 DEC 2022

Last week, InSight Crime Co-founder Steven Dudley took part in the International Anti-Corruption Conference organized by the US State Department’s Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, & Labor and…

THE ORGANIZATION

Immediate Response to US-Mexico Marijuana Investigation

9 DEC 2022

InSight Crime’s investigation into how the legalization of marijuana in many US states has changed Mexico’s criminal dynamics made a splash this week appearing on the front page of…