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Number of federal crimes in Mexico lowest since December 2018: official

Photo taken on Sept. 27, 2020 shows the site of an attack on a bar in the state of Guanajuato, Mexico.(Photo by Mario Armas/Xinhua)

In a monthly report on crime, Rodriguez said that in April there were 6,487 crimes that violated federal laws, a 28.4 percent drop compared to December 2018, when current President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador took office.

MEXICO CITY, May 23 (Xinhua) -- The number of federal crimes committed in Mexico last month was the lowest in the past three years and a half thanks to a crackdown on impunity, Minister of Security and Citizen Protection Rosa Icela Rodriguez said Monday.

In a monthly report on crime, Rodriguez said that in April there were 6,487 crimes that violated federal laws, a 28.4 percent drop compared to December 2018, when current President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador took office.

"Today we are working intelligently, with strategy and concrete actions, to weaken criminal structures," Rodriguez said. "We are on the right path to zero impunity and zero corruption."

Crimes against public health, which in Mexico include drug trafficking and drug dealing, went down 27.6 percent year on year for the January-April period this year, she said, while assaults dropped 8.6 percent in the same period.

Only two categories of crime showed an uptick, with property crimes rising 9.3 percent year on year in the first four months of 2022, and firearms and explosives violations increasing 2.4 percent, according to official statistics.

Meanwhile, intentional homicides continued to decline April, hitting the lowest level with 2,547 cases, down from a record 3,074 in June 2018. ■