#GuestColumn |  Prevent against extortion

#GuestColumn | Prevent against extortion

Through coercion, threats or warnings that something bad will happen to the person if what the offender demands is not done, criminal organizations of various types seek to instill or exploit fear. Their priority is to limit the capacity or ability of victims to maintain composure.

Preventing and avoiding crime begins with the reminder that more than 92 percent of crime is concentrated in phone calls only: any call that pressures for extortion must be reported, denounced and exploited by the public to obtain criminal data.

This year, between January and May, according to the DISI report prepared by the Citizen Council for Security and Justice of Mexico City, 4,347 investigation folders have been opened nationwide.

The analysis, based on statistics from the Executive Secretariat of the National Public Security System, reveals that 72 percent of extortions are concentrated in six entities: the State of Mexico, Veracruz, Nuevo León, Jalisco, Zacatecas and Guanajuato.

The rate per 100,000 inhabitants is headed by Zacatecas with 30.9, followed by the State of Mexico with 24.7, Colima with 16.4, Baja California Sur with 15.6 and Nuevo León with 12.8.

Although extortion is considered to be one of the crimes with the highest black figure, estimated by INEGI at over 90 percent, this aspect may also be related to the high probability of being limited to a simple attempt.

The reports that the Citizen Council receives from all over the country through its Security Line and the Confidence Chat, 55 5533 5533, and from the No+Extortions app indicate that three out of four remain in an attempt —cases that do not go to trial. form part of the reporting statistics—by being deactivated in time by the victims themselves.

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