USA News and World Report had an article on Yahoo today that staggered me. I always knew and know that it is safer in Mexico but the statistics today are eye-opening.
Mexico's homicide rate is 11 per 100,000, according to the Attorney General of Mexico. Even with all the drug related murders since 2006, which hover around 30,000. That is a disturbing number.
But, wait, the FBI statistics related in this article show US crime is 429 per 100,000 in 2009. The article is praising the fact that crime is down in the USA since its high of 1991! Hmmm.
There's more. There were 1.3 million violent crimes in 2009 in the USA which includes not only homicides but rapes. Property crimes in 2009 were 3036 per 100,000! Good grief.
The articles includes the 11 most dangerous cities in America. St.Louis being #1 - a very surprising statistic to me. New Orleans and Richmond Va however have the highest murder rates. Richmond Va?
So, all of those that LOVE to ask me "Why I live in Mexico?" and, "Aren't I afraid?", should look in their own back yard.........and lock their doors!