Police in Mexico reported that there were 5,335 extortion attempts across the country in the first 8 months of 2013. The number of extortion cases was equal to the number of cases reported in all of 2012.
According to the National Statistics Institute, 92 percent of Mexico’s citizens do not report extortion attempts and payments to the police.
A survey conducted in April 2013 found that extortion was the second most common crime that impacts residents of Mexico behind street robberies. 7.6 percent of those surveyed stated that they have been a victim of extortion, up from 5 percent the previous year.
Security analysts believe that the rise in extortion cases is due to drug cartels looking to diversify their revenue.
Source: Associated Press, “Mexico’s drug crackdown spurs extortion wave,” Richmond Times-Dispatch, October 20, 2013.