Last updateSat, 07 Jun 2014 10am

Homicides down 67 percent

Homicides in Jalisco in the first five months of 2014 have decreased by 66.4 percent compared to the same period last year, according to statistics released by the Instituto Jalisciense de Ciencias Forenses (Jalisco Forensic Science Institute or IJCF).

State authorities say 477 homicides were committed between January 1 and May 31 this year, compared with 718 in 2013.

Around one-quarter of this year’s homicides (110) took place in the Guadalajara metropolitan area.

Ten percent of the victims (48) were female and more than half (257) died from gunshot wounds.

The IJCF reports that an anomaly this year is that 40 homicides have been as a result of strangulation, while only one was detected from this cause in the first five months of 2013.