MEXICO CITY, Sept. 18 (Xinhua) -- Homicides in Mexico fell to 2,973 in August from 2,987 in July, Mexican Secretary of Security and Citizen Protection Alfonso Durazo said Friday at a press conference where he presented the monthly Safety Report.
The official, who was joined at the press conference by President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, said the figures show that the government's strategy for curbing violence in the country is working.
According to the report, between January and August, Mexico reported 23,471 homicides nationwide, with 21 states seeing a decline and 11 seeing an increase during the period.
In July 2018, Mexico registered a monthly record of 3,074 homicides, a few months before Lopez Obrador assumed the presidency in December of that year.
For 2019, the homicide registry showed an overall increase of 0.1 percent, in contrast to 1.3 percent increase in the previous year, according to official data.
Lopez Obrador has said that violence in the country is one of his government's main challenges.