There have also been reports that while murders have declined since the March gang truce, extortion has increased. Landaverde says that is not the case. The PNC reports that there's been a 5% decrease in reported extortion compared to last year. Two things. First, that doesn't mean there's less extortion. It just means that there are fewer reported extortion attempts in 2012 than there were reported extortion attempts during the first ~4 months of 2011. Second, even if overall extortion levels are down, that doesn't mean that some individual departments won't be experiencing higher extortion numbers. That could explain why some people think that extortion has increased.
Finally, the PNC is also reporting that, on average, 5.2 people were killed each of April's first fifteen days. The sharp reduction in homicides brings the average for the year down to 10.5 per day.