CIUDAD JUAREZ — Residents of Juárez have reason to celebrate. Violent crime in the city is on the decline and is at its lowest level in nearly five years. Since 2007, more than 10,000 people have been murdered in the city. Most are victims of the ongoing drug war between two powerful cartels. So far this year, however, murders are down more than 40%.
Despite that, many are still reluctant to return to the city. That includes Jose Yanar who was kidnapped two years ago. He escaped and moved to El Paso."Ht's getting better. It's getting better. I'm not sure if it's safe, but it's safer than two or three years ago, or a year ago," he says.
"Come to Juárez. See with your own eyes what has happened. Juárez is a completely alive city who have the best," said Hector Murguia, the mayor of Juárez.
Join us Thursday night at 10 p.m. on Newschannel 9 for a special report as we take a closer look at crime in the city and whether it truly is safe to return to Juárez.