A significant increase of homicides has been reported by an independent organization with figures from the state.

The Baja California Public Safety Council released a report that compares crime incidents in the first eight months of the year compared to the same period of 2020.

As of last month, Mexicali has reported 194 homicides.

Considering the 127 cases reported last year the city has seen an increase of 51 percent.

The number of homicides has been increasing since 2011, La Voz newspaper said.

Just in August, the city witnessed 38 homicides, including two female victims.

The report says extortion cases increased 26 percent, to 48 this year from 38 in 2020.

As of August 2020, the city reported 18,708 crimes, below 19,275 cases of 2021.

Robberies in streets and business robberies increased 22 and 13 percent respectively.

Sexual crimes also observed a climb of 20 percent, from 93 cases to 112.

Statewide homicides went from 1,960 in 2020 to 2,170 this year.

Kidnapping went up 33 percent while extortion increased 35 percent.

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