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1972 Cleveland St. Joseph H.S.
1977 Indiana University,Bloomington
1983-2005 Lewan & Associates,Denver; document management
2006 Ensenada, Mexico: wave watching & other sports

Ensenada Police Use Drones

Bajadock: We reported on the Ensenada Drone Patrol last October. Anything that improves the prevention of crime is welcomed.  Unfortunately, the catch and release practice by law enforcement and court systems seems to be ineffectiveA recent post from a friend…”I was at our bank on Reforma today and because the day was so beautiful I decided to let the wife go in and take care of business and I just relaxed in the sun outside. I befriended a municipal police officer while outside and asked him how he felt about any influx of crime in town. Just to make this short he told me that most police officers are very upset that a person can rob someone’s home and take several items, then arrested and set free the same day. There are no consequences for those who steal, rob, or assault others in Ensenada. I asked him was it because the jails and prisons are full? He said “no”. It’s just the daily thing that goes on time after time. He also told me about arresting someone for selling a small amount of drugs in the morning and set free a few hours later then the same guy was arrested for the same thing in the afternoon and set free that night.”


ENSENADA BC MARCH 12, 2018 (AFN) .- In the first frame of the city and in the areas with the highest incidence of illicit reports, the new technology of drones is being used, which are unmanned flying devices that are controlled by remotely, with which you can take pictures and video. The drones have allowed a total of 410 arrests and 130 direct interventions, as part of the surveillance work carried out by the Municipal Police.

The director of Public Safety, Jorge Íñiguez Díaz, recalled that the result of citizen participation is reflected in the interest of young people who for 95 days have made 1,200 flights in the urban area for free.

“A group, in which young Ensenadenses collaborate, approached the municipal president and the corporation with the intention of providing the drone flights as a demonstration, to contribute to the welfare of the Buenos Aires community. Since then, they have participated voluntarily in surveillance work, achieving more than a hundred interventions and more than 400 assurances of people for alleged faults and crimes, “he said.

He stressed that the cameras of the drones are linked to the monitoring area of ​​the Police Operations Center (COP), from where any illegal activity is observed, radio guidance is sent to patrol cars, so that the police elements achieve in a timely manner the detention of some alleged criminal.

He recognized the participation of the community in the realization of the strategies implemented in collaboration with the Municipal Government, since the goal is to achieve safer environments for the educated families.


Casa Marcelo Lunch

One restaurant’s loss is another’s gain. Set a time and place to meet a friend for lunch in Ensenada.  That restaurant’s website says that they open daily at 1PM.  Facebook page says 1PM.  Chalk sign at entry says open at 1PM.  Well, of course, they open at 2PM!  Luv Mexico!

Casa Marcelo was open and happy to see us.  So were the huevos con chilaquiles in chile verde, above.  This was the half order, btw.  The egg dishes at this restaurant are always presented with such car and flair.

This was the second time I ordered the tortilla soup.  The broth is yummy, but, this one was a bit more carb loaded with a mountain of tort strips below that mound of crema than my previous version.

Here was the previous version with approx half of the tort strips on an earlier visit to Casa Marcelo.

There are usually a few tostada appetzer dishes on the menu. This chile verde pulpo and veg tostada was a fun side to my tort soup.

Casa Marcelo Facebook , 8A – 6P, closed Tuesday, Riveroll between 7th and 8th

March 14 Bikini Contest

AKA, Why I missed my Wednesday evening flight.



TIJUANA, Mexico — Authorities kept demonstrators blocks away from President Donald Trump’s first official visit to California Tuesday to see prototypes for a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. That didn’t stop his critics from crossing into Mexico to shout their opposition from within the president’s earshot.

About 50 protesters on the Mexican side held up signs, climbed on rooftops and shouted slogans as Trump viewed eight prototypes for his proposed wall along the southern border.

While pro-Trump demonstrators gathered in San Diego, the theme in the dirt-road colonia Las Torres was entirely pro-immigrant.

As Trump toured the prototypes around 12:30 p.m PT (3:30 p.m. ET), protesters on the Tijuana side chanted, “No queremos muros” — we don’t want walls.

The San Diego-based nonprofit Border Angels, which distributes water and aid to migrants in the desert, sent a handful of demonstrators to protest Trump’s visit.

“Less people are coming here, but more people are dying,” Border Angels founder, Enrique Morones, said.

Morones’ group argues that Trump’s border wall would certainly lead to increased deaths as people fleeing violence in Central America and poverty in parts of Mexico would resort to more extreme measures to get north.

“These walls, if they are built, will push people toward more extreme measures,” said Border Angels volunteer Manuel Galaviz, 34, who carried small wooden crosses in the name of dead border crossers. He said, for example, suffocating tunnels might prevail if Trump’s wall is built.

“It will be more dangerous,” Galaviz said.

Image: Mexican protests along the border as US President Trump visits border wall prototypes

Demonstrators in Tijuana, Mexico, protest Trump’s visit to see border wall prototypes the U.S. side of the border near San Diego, California, on Tuesday. Alejandro Zepeda / EPA

A few members of the group Deported Veterans demonstrated on the Mexican side, too. The organization represents U.S. combat veterans who have been deported, often as a result of arrest records, prosecutions or jail time. Founder Hector Barajas said that, in reaction to Trump’s hard-line immigration policies, the group is working on expanding to Juarez, Mexico, and to the Dominican Republic. The message he said he’d like Trump to hear is, “We need to bring our veterans home,” Barajas said Tuesday.

“We are against the separation of families,” he said. “And we are against building a wall.”

Forty-four-year-old Juan Carlos Sanchez was one of more than a dozen protesters in neon green vests representing the groups Angeles Sin Fronteras (Angels Without Borders) and Alianza Migrantes Tijuana (Tijuana Migrant Alliance). They held signs that stated, “No Al Muro” — no to the wall.

A former U.S. resident who was deported 11 years ago, Sanchez said he plans to stay in Tijuana as long as Trump is in charge. “I decided not to go back,” he says. “I don’t think it’s safe for immigrants in the U.S.”

Image: Juan Carlos Sanchez

Juan Carlos Sanchez, 44, says he was deported from the U.S. to Mexico and has no plans on returning as long as Trump is president. Dennis Romero

Sanchez lamented what he described as a lost sense of bi-national friendship that prevailed before the 2016 presidential election. A good portion of this city of 1.6 million was built on cross-border commerce, and the results are everywhere, from the city’s giant Costco to the massive, high-tech television and auto-part factories that line the border.

The road east of Tijuana takes visitors by a gleaming new Ford/Lincoln dealership, and, in the nightlife area known as Zona Norte, there’s an outpost of the American Deja Vu gentlemen’s clubs.

Putting a wall between the United States and so much of its products, Sanchez says, just isn’t good business. “If you want to be neighbors,” he says, “we’re supposed to love one another.”

Tijuana Pollution Closes San Diego Beaches


Beaches as far north as the Hotel del Coronado have been closed following weekend showers that flushed sewage-polluted water through the Tijuana River and into the Pacific Ocean.

The closures, which started Sunday, also include the shorelines of Border Field State Park, Tijuana Slough National Wildlife Refuge, Imperial Beach and Silver Strand.

Such impacts have increasingly infuriated South Bay residents in recent years as Tijuana’s sewage infrastructure continues to buckle under the weight of the city’s housing boom.

Beaches as far north as the Hotel del Coronado have been closed following weekend showers that flushed sewage-polluted water through the Tijuana River and into the Pacific Ocean.

The closures, which started Sunday, also include the shorelines of Border Field State Park, Tijuana Slough National Wildlife Refuge, Imperial Beach and Silver Strand.

Such impacts have increasingly infuriated South Bay residents in recent years as Tijuana’s sewage infrastructure continues to buckle under the weight of the city’s housing boom.

In addition to pathogens found in sewage — including bacteria such as E. coli, vibrio and salmonella — there are several viruses and intestinal parasites that can cause everything from diarrhea to meningitis to respiratory infections.

Under dry conditions, pumps on the Tijuana River divert flows of sewage-tainted water from emptying into the river valley. However, according to federal authorities, the system’s capacity is overwhelmed by nearly any rain event and requires shutting down to prevent damage.

This month, the cities of Imperial Beach and Chula Vista, as well as the Port of San Diego filed a Clean Water Act lawsuit against the federal government in an attempt to force the funding of projects to divert and or treat the polluted water.

The lawsuit alleges that the U.S. side of the International Boundary and Water Commission, or IBWC, hasn’t taken sufficient steps to control sewage, industrial waste, pesticides and massive amounts of trash that regularly flow through the Tijuana River and into the Pacific Ocean.

According to the complaint, sections of the Imperial Beach shoreline were closed for more than 160 days in both 2017 and 2016, as well as for more than 200 days in 2015 as the result of such contamination.

IBWC authorities have countered that they’re actively pursuing binational solutions to limit the water pollution. The agency oversees water treaties with Mexico and facilitates infrastructure spending along the border.

Before the two countries spent hundreds of millions of dollars to construct treatment plants on both sides of the border two decades ago, up to 10 million gallons of raw sewage a day flowed down the Tijuana River and into San Diego County.

Trump Visits San Diego Tuesday

After weeks of testing, the eight prototypes for President Trump’s “big, beautiful” wall will share center stage on Tuesday with Trump during his first presidential visit to California.

As Trump inspects the prototypes and poses for photos along the border east of San Diego, he’ll be just yards away from a Tijuana slum where people have formulated their own ideas about them.

The 30-foot structures — built with varying mixes of concrete and steel tubes — draw residents, tourists and even Tijuana police officers who pose for selfies in the Rancho Escondido neighborhood. They climb atop piles of rubber tires or tiptoe on dirt mounds for a peek over the 7-foot border fence into the testing site.

The towering wall segments will offer Trump a powerful platform as he pushes to secure $25 billion for border security.

They link power plants in Tijuana and San Diego. Along with a nearby underground natural gas pipeline, they provide energy for millions of people in both countries. To residents like Contreras, those are the kind of ties between the U.S. and Mexico that transcend any wall.

“We need each other no matter what happens,” he said.

Trump is not expected to announce which of the prototypes will be used, but he may express a preference.

Whichever wall is selected, it will not likely be erected in California, where barriers already line most of the border and where replacements, planned for this year, have different designs. The wall, according to the most recent proposed budget of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection, is slated for the Texas border with Mexico.

Federal authorities chose to build the prototypes in San Diego in part because of the region’s easy access for teams of agents that have been testing each of the walls.

They have been assaulting the prototypes, using jackhammers, blow torches, ropes and other tools that test the walls’ capacity to repel intruders.

From Rancho Escondido, the efforts seem misspent.

Border barriers have been part of the scenery here for years. There are two fences, bolstered by cameras and lighting that make the area among the most heavily fortified along the border.

Although Trump often portrays the border as chaotic and porous, the San Diego-Tijuana border was largely tamed long ago — and has become a model for effective border enforcement.

The double fencing lines most of the 14-mile border from the Pacific Ocean to Otay Mountain. Apprehensions of illegal crossers have dropped for years, and most smuggling organizations have moved to other, more remote areas.

Tijuana is among Mexico’s most dangerous cities, but there is relatively little spillover violence. San Diego is among this country’s safest biggest cities, with 34 homicides last year. Tijuana had 1,780.

The region does remain vulnerable to drug smuggling, but most of the illicit cargo is funneled through the region’s two ports of entry, inside hidden compartments of vehicles.

A wall won’t do anything to stop that, said Marco Zamora, a U.S. citizen who has lived in Rancho Escondido for 20 years. Zamora crosses the border for work every day and said customs inspectors seem demoralized and overworked.

“They’re not checking much these days,” he said. “They don’t seem very energized.”

From Zamora’s two-story house, the border is a two-block stretch of deeply rutted dirt roads lined with shanties and junkyards. Roosters wake the neighborhood, and ice cream vendors push their carts around garbage piles and stolen cars stripped clean of doors and seats.

But Trump’s vision, they say, is excessive, not so much an enforcement tool as a symbol of hostility toward Mexico.

Jesus Martinez, a U.S. citizen from Bakersfield who was visiting the area last week to scout warehouse locations for his furniture business, said the size of the wall prototypes were overwhelming.

He voted for Trump, but said he disagreed on the necessity of the wall. “He’s not very diplomatic,” Martinez said after studying the barriers through a hole in the existing border fence.

Some residents, long familiar with the tactics of smugglers, have been doing their own armchair analyses of the wall prototypes. The steel could be cut through with blow torches within 15 minutes, some said. Though a solid concrete wall would present more challenges, it would allow smugglers to operate without being seen by border agents.

And then there are always tunnels. A warehouse district just a few miles west is the busiest tunneling area on the border.

“Chapo is the one who showed us how to get across, just go under,” said Contreras, referring to Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, the drug cartel crime boss, currently in custody in the U.S., who is said to have built numerous drug tunnels.

Barriers weren’t the only infrastructure built along this stretch of the frontier. Over the years, utility companies linked up power plants in Tijuana and San Diego, running electrical wires slung from giant towers and a natural gas pipeline.

In a debate so dominated by symbols, to many of Rancho Escondido’s residents the image of two countries working to heat and light homes will always be the more potent one.

“You can build a wall to the heavens,” said Gilberto Alvarez, 42, “but Mexico and the U.S. will always be joined together.”

Maneadero Garbage Piles


Bajadock: This beautiful view is on one of my favorite hikes. These clandestine garbage dumps are huge throughout the Punta Banda area, west of Maneadero.  Most are 1/2 mile south of the paved Carretera La Bufadora, just far away from traffic to hide the dumping from witnesses.

Due to the fact that garbage trucks take a long time to pass in the Maneadero delegation, some inhabitants and merchants have opted to throw their trash on the ranches, putting at risk the quality certifications that farmers have.

“The problem of trash is something old in Maneadero and has not been able to solve, it seems that the municipality is not interested in solving the problem, they are always waiting for resources and do not start working with the tools they have,” said Raymundo Carrillo Huerta, farmer.

He mentioned that he recently met with other farmers in the area and everyone complained about the large amount of garbage that the inhabitants throw on their ranches every day.

“The trash is affecting us because the ranches are certified and all the effort that the farmers make to have the ranches clean, is at risk due to the lack of awareness of the people and the deficient work of the public services management, if the ranches they get contaminated, we lose our certifications, “he said.

Carrillo Huerta commented that in some parts of the delegation the truck takes a month to pass, however, there are other areas where it can take up to three months without passing.

“People throw everything, in the streams, in the salitral and there are merchants who also throw garbage, there are even people who are dedicated to collecting garbage and charge but then go and throw it to the ranch,” he complained.

The farmer said that another very strong problem is the burning of garbage, since every day in the morning there are people who set fire to their garbage, which causes pollution and risk of a ranch burning.

He also indicated that three years ago they detected more than 30 clandestine garbage dumps in different parts of the delegations and lately they have been discovering more, which is why they demand the intervention of the municipal authority.

“The deputy director of public services, José de la Luz Valdez López, already has three administrations in that unit, he knows the subject well, he is not a novice, we need more attention in Maneadero and his experience is noticed,” he concluded.

CBP Takes Away Mom


Muelle Tres Ensenada, Worth the Wait

Muelle 3(“Pier 3”) restaurant on the waterfront harbor of Ensenada may be the best seafood shop in Baja.

Was thrilled to have a willing guest who had been promised a visit to Muelle 3 for a very long time this Tuesday.  Weekdays early afternoons are a good bet for a seat in this small space.

Greeting was good and a couple of tables were available.  Our spot in the far corner gave us a view of the other diners as well as the boats in the harbor.  Muelle 3 does have a small outdoor spot with a couple of tables available if you like the open air or want a beverage while waiting for your table.

Chef’s gift was a potato and egg casserole twig.  It was an ok snack, nothing extraordinary.  Fun.

As mentioned many times, a one page menu is my favorite.  31 dishes, divided into suggested 1st, 2nd and 3rd courses are easily understood with your basic Spanish and there is usually a bi-lingual staff member on the floor if you need a lifeline.  The idea is to order a few plates and share.

Have seen a few reviews describe Muelle 3 as expensive.  Hmmm, lots of quality plates in the $7-$14USD range is expensive? Maybe that is true compared to a street fish taco.  These items are a terrific food value.

The oysters were super fresh and sweet.  We enjoyed them with Negra Modelo and Augua Mala Sirena(pilsner) while we casually surfed the menu for our feast.  I didn’t catch a photo of the salsa bar of approx 12 different salsa bottles at each table, but, I experimented with several on my shells of slipperies.

The seafood pasta was cooked and presented perfectly. My dining partner had mentioned a dish like this as their idea of possibilities on our drive into town for lunch.  Fyi, the oyster was just a leftover from the previous course.

This catch of the day, bonito, had a nice crust outside and steaming puffy flakes inside.  I eat so many different ceviches and seafood cocktails that it is always a treat to enjoy a chunky filet of a sea monster.

Every table has a view to the harbor at Muelle Tres.

Tuesday through Saturday, noon-ish to 6:30-ish.  Located next door to the Mercado Negro Fish Market. Parking lot is adjacent to the fish market, but, I use the lot next to 3 Heads Park.

Muelle 3 facebook

I’ll let you translate the bottom of the menu page that sums up the quality of the restaurant.  Vale la pena la espera! 

We happily award Muelle 3 with 5 out of a possible 5 fishing pangas for food, service, atmosphere, menu variety and fun.

Baja Prominent in Most Dangerous Cities in the World

In 2017, Latin America retained the ignominious distinction of having the most cities on Mexico’s Citizens’ Council for Public Security’s annual ranking of the world’s most violent cities.

Of the 50 cities on the list, 42 are in Latin America, including 17 in Brazil, 12 in Mexico, and five in Venezuela. Colombia had three, Honduras had two, and El Salvador, Guatemala, and Jamaica all had one.

The region’s violence is in large part driven by drug trafficking and organized crime— in Mexico, fragmentation of criminal groups has stoked more bloodshed in recent months. Insecurity is also exacerbated by political instabilitypoverty, and poor economic conditions. Corruption, abuses by officials, and impunity also facilitate crime.

The ranking contains cities with populations of more than 300,000 and does not count deaths in combat zones or cities with unavailable data, so some dangerous cities don’t appear on the list

The Council also estimates homicide rates for some cities based on incomplete data.

In Venezuela, for example, the government has not consistently released homicide data (though it did for 2016), and in the past the Council has estimated based on entries at the Bello Monte morgue, which draws from an area larger than Caracas and doesn’t only include homicides. The Council was also unable to gather 2017 full-year data for the city, leading it to calculate last year’s tally based on previous estimates. Two other cities in Venezuela were excluded from this year’s ranking because there was no reliable homicide data for them.

Here’s the top 50:

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50. Cucuta, Colombia, had 34.78 homicides per 100,000 residents.
49. Vitoria, Brazil, had 36.07 homicides per 100,000 residents.
48. Teresina, Brazil, had 37.05 homicides per 100,000 residents.
47. Campina Grande, Brazil, had 37.29 homicides per 100,000 residents.
46. Nelson Mandela Bay, South Africa, had 37.53 homicides per 100,000 residents.
45. Campos dos Goytacazes, Brazil, had 37.53 homicides per 100,000 residents.
44. Durban, South Africa, had 38.12 homicides per 100,000 residents.
43. Mazatlan, Mexico, had 39.32 homicides per 100,000 residents.
43. Mazatlan, Mexico, had 39.32 homicides per 100,000 residents.
The hands of a dead man on a sidewalk in Mazatlan, Sinaloa state, October 22, 2011. A man was shot dead outside his home by two gunmen, according to local media.

In 2017, Mazatlan had a population of 488,281 people and 192 homicides.

42. Detroit had 39.69 homicides per 100,000 residents.

41. New Orleans had 40.10 homicides per 100,000 residents.

40. Macapa, Brazil, had 40.24 homicides per 100,000 residents.

39. Porto Alegre, Brazil, had 40.96 homicides per 100,000 residents.
38. Reynosa, Mexico, had 41.95 homicides per 100,000 residents.
38. Reynosa, Mexico, had 41.95 homicides per 100,000 residents.
Mexican federal police patrol the border city of Reynosa, Mexico, January 10, 2008.
 AP Photo/Dario Lopez-Mills

In 2017, Reynosa had a population of 701,525 people and 294 homicides.

37. Palmira, Colombia, had 46.65 homicides per 100,000 residents.

36. Tepic, Mexico, had 47.09 homicides per 100,000 residents.

36. Tepic, Mexico, had 47.09 homicides per 100,000 residents.
A bullet-ridden SUV after a gun battle in which a man identified as head of the Beltran Leyva drug cartel and several accomplices were killed by Mexican marines, in Tepic, Nayarit, Mexico, February 10, 2017.
 (AP Photo/Chris Arias)

In 2017, Tepic had a population of 503,330 people and 237 homicides.

35. Distrito Central, Honduras, had 48 homicides per 100,000 residents.

34. Manaus, Brazil, had 48.07 homicides per 100,000 residents.

33. Barquisimeto, Venezuela, had 48.23 homicides per 100,000 residents.
32. San Juan, Puerto Rico, had 48.70 homicides per 100,000 residents.
31. Ciudad Obregón, Mexico, had 48.96 homicides per 100,000 residents.
31. Ciudad Obregón, Mexico, had 48.96 homicides per 100,000 residents.
Patrons eat at a taco stand next to the body of a man on the pavement, in Ciudad Obregon, August 10, 2010. According to local media, the man died after a heart attack.

In 2017, Ciudad Obregon had a population of 339,000 people and 166 homicides.

30. João Pessoa, Brazil, had 49.17 homicides per 100,000 residents.

29. Chihuahua, Mexico, had 49.48 homicides per 100,000 residents.

29. Chihuahua, Mexico, had 49.48 homicides per 100,000 residents.
Demonstrators wearing paper masks with the name of one of the missing 43 Ayotzinapa trainee teachers march in Chihuahua, November 15, 2014.
 REUTERS/Jose Luis Gonzalez

In 2017, Chihuahua had a population of 929,884 people and 460 homicides.

28. Cali, Colombia, had 49.59 homicides per 100,000 residents.

27. Valencia, Venezuela, had 49.74 homicides per 100,000 residents.

26. San Pedro Sula, Honduras, had 51.18 homicides per 100,000 residents.

25. Salvador, Brazil, had 51.58 homicides per 100,000 residents.
24. Guatemala City, Guatemala, had 53.49 homicides per 100,000 residents.

23. Maturin, Venezuela, had 54.43 homicides per 100,000 residents.

22. Recife, Brazil, had 54.96 homicides per 100,000 residents.

21. Baltimore had 55.48 homicides per 100,000 residents.
20. Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, had 56.16 homicides per 100,000.
20. Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, had 56.16 homicides per 100,000.
Forensic technicians at a crime scene where unknown assailants left the body of a man wrapped in blankets on the side of a road on the outskirts of Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, November 22, 2017.
 REUTERS/Jose Luis Gonzalez

In 2017, Ciudad Juarez had a population of 1,448,859 people and 814 homicides.

19. Feira de Santana, Brazil, had 58.81 homicides per 100,000 residents.

18. Aracaju, Brazil, had 58.88 homicides per 100,000 residents.

17. San Salvador, El Salvador, had 59.06 homicides per 100,000 residents.

16. Kingston, Jamaica, had 59.71 homicides per 100,000 residents.
15. Cape Town, South Africa, had 62.25 homicides per 100,000 residents.
14. Maceio, Brazil, had 63.94 homicides per 100,000 residents.

13. St. Louis had 65.83 homicides per 100,000 residents.

12. Culiacan, Mexico, had 70.10 homicides per 100,000 residents.
12. Culiacan, Mexico, had 70.10 homicides per 100,000 residents.
A Mexican marine looks at the body of a gunman next to a vehicle after a gun fight in Culiacan, Mexico, February 7, 2017.
(AP Photo/Rashide Frias)

In 2017, Culiacan had a population of 957,613 people and 671 homicides.

11. Vitoria da Conquista, Brazil, had 70.26 homicides per 100,000 residents.

10. Belem, Brazil, had 71.38 homicides per 100,000 residents.

 9. Ciudad Guayana, Venezuela, had 80.28 homicides per 100,000 residents.
8. Ciudad Victoria, Mexico, had 83.32 homicides per 100,000 residents.
8. Ciudad Victoria, Mexico, had 83.32 homicides per 100,000 residents.
A soldier standing guard at the site of a car-bomb attack outside the broadcaster Televisa in Ciudad Victoria, Mexico.

In 2017, Ciudad Victoria had a population of 361,078 people and 301 homicides.

7. Fortaleza, Brazil, had 83.48 homicides per 100,000 residents.

6. La Paz, Mexico, had 84.79 homicides per 100,000 residents.

6. La Paz, Mexico, had 84.79 homicides per 100,000 residents.
La Paz, the capital of Baja California Sur state in northwest Mexico, February 8, 2017.
 Cvmontuy/Wikimedia Commons

In 2017, La Paz had a population of 305,455 people and 259 homicides.

5. Tijuana, Mexico, had 100.77 homicides per 100,000 residents.

5. Tijuana, Mexico, had 100.77 homicides per 100,000 residents.
Policemen stand guard as forensic investigators work on the exhumation of a mass grave believed to have been used to bury unidentified victims of drug violence, in Tijuana, Mexico, August 16, 2017.
 REUTERS/Jorge Duenes

In 2017, Tijuana had a population of 1,882,492 people and 1,897 homicides.

4. Natal, Brazil, had 102.56 homicides per 100,000 residents.

3. Acapulco, Mexico, had 106.63 homicides per 100,000 residents.

3. Acapulco, Mexico, had 106.63 homicides per 100,000 residents.
A police officer inspects a body as another body is carried away after they were shot in central Acapulco, Mexico, August 29, 2017.
 AP Photo/Bernandino Hernandez

In 2017, Acapulco had a population of 853,646 people and 910 homicides.

2. Caracas, Venezuela, had 111.19 homicides per 100,000 residents.

1. Los Cabos, Mexico, had 111.33 homicides per 100,000 residents.

1. Los Cabos, Mexico, had 111.33 homicides per 100,000 residents.
Soldiers walk near tourists on the beach in Los Cabos, June 16, 2012. G20 leaders gathered for two days of meetings in the Pacific resort.
 REUTERS/Oswaldo Rivas

In 2017, Los Cabos had a population of 328,245 people and 365 homicides.

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