33.7% of companies fall victim to crime in Mexico

INEGI estimates that there were 3.8 million crimes related to 1.5 million economic units in 2017
33.7% of companies fall victim to crime in Mexico
The dark figure of crimes committed in 2017 against the private sector rose to 86.6% - Photo: File photo/EL UNIVERSAL
25/10/2018
15:22
Rubén Migueles
Mexico City
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33.7% of companies operating in Mexico fell victim to crime in 2017, which is slightly less than the 35.5% reported in 2015, according to data from the National Survey of Business Victimization conducted by the National Institute for Statistics, Geography, and Information Technology (INEGI).

The 12 entities where the most companies were affected by crime were: Campeche, 46.1%; Aguascalientes, 44.2%; Sonora, 43.2%; Michoacán, 41.5%; Baja California, 41%; Mexico City, 40%; Quintana Roo, 38.9%; Puebla, 38.1%; San Luis Potosí, 37.2%; Baja California Sur, 36.7%; The State of Mexico, 36.2%, and Guerrero, 35.4%.

By unit size, 59.3% of large companies fell victim to crime, as well as 61.5% of mid-size companies, 51.4% of small ones, and 32.9% of micro-enterprises. By sectors, it is estimated that 38.4% of commercial companies were victims, 30.6% of companies from the industrial sector, and 29.3% of service providers.

Last year, most felony cases committed against companies consisted of merchandise theft, while pilferage rose to second place above extortion.

The average cost of these crimes per business entity in 2017 was of 66,031 pesos (USD$3,395 as per the existing rate).

Among larger entities, the average cost went from 1.4 to 1.9 million pesos between 2015 and 2017. In mid-size companies, costs went from 510 thousand to 725 thousand.

Based on the survey, it was estimated that there were 3.8 million crimes related to 1.5 million economic units in 2017, with an average of 2.5 crimes per company and a crime victimization prevalence rate of 3,273 victims per every 10,000 economic units, which was 4.9% below rates registered in 2015.

The dark figure of crimes committed in 2017 against the private sector rose to 86.6%. In these cases, companies did not file complaints and no investigations were opened. This number is inferior to the 90.3% that was estimated for 2015.

At a national scale, 63% of economic units considered that insecurity and delinquency were the main issues they faced, followed by the population’s low purchasing power (35.4%).

78.9% of victims pointed to insecurity in their local entities as the main cause for these crimes.
 

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