The impact of the kingpin strategy on extortion and kidnapping in Mexico


While Mexico’s main counter-organised crime policy has been the ‘kingpin’ strategy, evidence suggests that ‘neutralising’ criminal leaders is associated with increases in homicides. However, there is little research on the impact of such strategy on other crimes, such as extortion and kidnapping. Thus, using Mexican data, we used a novel statistical method to assess whether the number of extortions and kidnappings in a Mexican municipality between 2011 and 2015 are affected by criminal neutralisations in the same and neighbouring municipalities. Our findings suggest that the kingpin strategy has contributed to significant increases in extortions, while the effects on kidnapping have been more muted.

Oct 14, 2022 1:00 PM
Zoom webinar
Reynaldo Lecona Esteban
MSc in Crime Science
Patricio R Estévez-Soto
Patricio R Estévez-Soto
Lecturer in Security and Crime Science

My research is focused on crime in Latin America and the Caribbean, spanning topics such as organised crime, repeat victimisation, quantitative criminology, crime prevention, and the nexus between crime and public policy.