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Old 11-07-2019, 11:41 AM
HurricaneDitka is online now
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Unfortunately, your Wikipedia figures are a couple of years out of date, and those couple of years have not been good ones in Mexico:

WSJ - Mexico’s Murder Rate Hit Record High in 2018

The National Statistics Institute said there were 35,964 murders last year, a 12% increase from 2017. The murder rate rose to 29 per 100,000 inhabitants from 26 the previous year.

BBC - Mexico murder rate rises in first three months of 2019

The report says 8,493 people were murdered from 1 January to 31 March, a 9.6% rise from the same period in 2018.

Reuters - Murders in Mexico surge to record in first half of 2019

Murders in Mexico jumped in the first half of the year to the highest on record, according to official data, underscoring the vast challenges President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador faces in reducing violence in the cartel-ravaged country.

There were 14,603 murders from January to June, versus the 13,985 homicides registered in the first six months of 2018, according to data posted over the weekend on the website of Mexico’s national public security office.

Mexico is on course to surpass the 29,111 murders of last year, an all-time high.

NY Post - Mexico murder rate spirals out of control, hitting 94 killings a day

The news outlet, citing figures from the secretariat of security and citizens protection, noted that June saw the most murders of any month on record, with more than 3,000 people killed.

"hugs, not bullets" appears to be failing.

Also, the WSJ article above contains the answer to your last question:

Since Mexico only solves a fraction of murders, the low likelihood of being caught is a problem that grows worse when the overall number of homicides rises, since authorities’ capacity to solve them stays the same, said Alejandro Hope, a security analyst and former member of Mexico’s intelligence services.

He said only 13% of murders in Mexico end in a suspect coming before a judge, compared with about 66% in the U.S. and 80% in Europe.