Criminologist Ricardo Sosa called three straight years of drops "an important achievement" especially compared to the "scandalous" 2015. But he added that more must be done to improve security. Many Salvadorans who try to migrate to the U.S. cite violence as their motivation.
For comparison, the city of Baltimore recorded a murder rate of 56 per 100,000 inhabitants in 2017. Mexico's was around 25 that same year.