U.S: FBI reports finds US crime down despite recession

FBI statistics show that US crime rates have fallen for the third consecutive year.
The data upends historical trends which suggests that crime rates increase during economic downturns.
Criminologists attribute the unusual decline to better policing and security technology, and programmes targeting repeat offenders and vulnerable youths.
Car thefts have fallen the most this year – 17.2% – while murders are down 7.2%.
Reported rapes also fell 3.1% and robberies are down 8.1%. Arson, assault and property crime have also declined. SEE MORE…

In Mexico’s Ciudad Juárez, murder is a way of life

In Ciudad Juárez in Mexico, crime is so pervasive that the people are either leaving, cowering, avoiding the streets — or getting kidnapped and killed.
At the traffic lights in this city, only the killers look at other cars. Everyone else looks straight ahead, afraid of ticking off potential assailants. By nightfall, vehicles disappear from the roads.
“People are afraid to go out into the street, so the restaurants are doing badly,” said Alejandra Marquez, an architect. “You don’t go out to eat. You go to the mall, which has more security.”
Ciudad Juárez, the sprawling Mexican metropolis of 1.3 million people across the border from El Paso, Texas, is Murder City, probably the most dangerous city in the world outside a declared war zone.
Already this year, 686 people have been murdered here. Residents hunker in trepidation. Most answer cellphone calls only from people they know to avoid random extortion attempts. Instead of going out on the town, they hold private parties — and only with close friends.  SEE MORE

Panamá: Más violencia, más crímenes / William Sala

Estadísticas del Instituto de Medicina Legal y Ciencia Forense (Imlcf) reflejan una tendencia al incremento de los asesinatos con armas de fuego y arma blanca por encima del resto de las muertes producidas por hechos violentos y traumáticos, explicó el doctor Humberto Mas, director de la entidad.
Las declaraciones de Mas se basan en un informe del Imlcf que recoge información de los primeros 70 días de 2010 y la compara con igual período del año anterior. El estudio solo se aplica para la ciudad capital.
Según el funcionario, en la actualidad hay un aumento en la agresividad y la violencia, lo que ha generado este incremento de los crímenes. VER MÁS…

Mexico: The Juárez Killings: Are the Narcos Fighting Scared? / Tim Padgett

The three murders that occurred at two locations in the violent Mexican border city of Juárez on the afternoon of March 13 were themselves horrifying enough. Jorge Alberto Salcido, 37, a Mexican citizen whose wife works for the U.S. consulate, was killed at the wheel of his Honda; his two young children were wounded in the gun attack and were rushed to a hospital. Minutes later, say police, gunmen in another part of the city chased down the Toyota SUV driven by Lesley Enriquez, 25, who also worked for the consulate, and her husband Arthur Redelf, 30, both U.S. citizens who lived across the border in El Paso, Texas, and shot her in the head and him in the neck as their baby watched from an infant car seat in the back. SEE MORE…

New border violence erupts with Mexico cartel rift

This border city and others near the eastern end of the U.S. border escaped the worst of Mexico’s bloody drug war for years, but now the bodies are piling up, several journalists are reportedly missing or dead and once-busy streets are empty after dark.
The crumbling of an alliance between two Mexican drug gangs has plunged the 200-mile stretch of border into violence, raising fears of a new front in the drug war, a U.S. anti-drug official told The Associated Press.
In Mexican border cities stretching from Matamoros near the Gulf to Nuevo Laredo, gunfire has been heard almost daily, and at least 49 people were killed in drug war-related violence in less than six weeks. SEE MORE…

Mexico: Three with links to U.S. Consulate in Juarez are slain

Assailants gunned down three people returning from a party at a U.S. Consulate employee’s home in the Mexican city of Juarez, including a pregnant U.S. government employee and her husband, in two attacks a few minutes apart that prompted a furious response from the White House on Sunday.
The White House said President Obama was “deeply saddened and outraged” by the slayings, which occurred in broad daylight. They appeared to be the latest sign of the surge of drug violence in Mexico in recent years, which has claimed thousands of lives in border areas such as Ciudad Juarez. But it was unusual for U.S. citizens to be slain — particularly an American government employee. SEE MORE…

Mexico: Two Americans and a third victim are killed in shootings

Two cars leaving a party come under fire in Ciudad Juarez. A baby in the back seat of one car survives unscathed, but her parents are dead.
Three people connected to the U.S. Consulate in Mexico’s deadliest city, Ciudad Juarez, were shot to death by men who intercepted their cars as they returned from a child’s birthday party, officials said Sunday. Two of the dead, an American couple, were discovered slain in their vehicle, their uninjured baby crying in the back seat. President Obama on Sunday expressed outrage at the drive-by slayings. The three victims were killed in broad daylight Saturday near the city’s border with El Paso.
Ciudad Juarez, a key entry point for drugs into the U.S., has seen a staggering increase in bloodshed as narcotics gangs battle for control of smuggling routes, turf and market share. Mexico’s raging drug war has claimed thousands of lives, including those of some Americans. But this appears to be the first time in recent years that Mexican drug traffickers have attacked U.S. diplomatic personnel and their families.  SEE MORE…