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Study: Juarez residents don’t feel safe yet

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Despite a drastic drop in homicides and kidnappings over the past year in Ciudad Juarez, a new report on the quality of life in Juarez finds that the city still has a problem with violence, the El Paso Times reported.

Crimes such as small-business robberies, homicides involving women and human rights violations all have increased during the same period, reaching alarming rates, according to the report by the organization Asi Estamos Juarez, which looks at human and civil rights, the economy, civil involvement and city infrastructure in 2012, the Times said.

A formal release of the report at a public event on Thursday is the second time since 2011 that the organization has published the findings of more than 800 indicators from government and nonprofit organization data as well as interviews with residents, the paper reported.

In the latest study, lack of security was the No. 1 concern of residents, although residents felt safer in 2012 than in 2011, according to the Times.

In 2012 there were 748 homicides — just a fraction of the 2,015 slayings reported in 2011 and the 2,218 recorded in 2010, the Times said.

Kidnapping dropped from 110 in 2011 to 97 last year, and according to the report incidents of extortion fell from 67 to 27, the paper reported.

But robberies of corner groceries and other small businesses rose from 322 in 2011 to 1,389 in 2012 — largely because owners could not afford to pay for security, according to the report.

Murders of women actually were much higher in 2009, 2010 and 2011, the last year for which figures were available, than in the `90s and early 2000s, “when they made headlines in the national and international media,” economist Erika Donjuan Callejo told the Times.

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