According to INACIF in Guatemala, violent deaths during the first half of 2012 were down a little more than ten percent compared to the same numbers from last year.
Now the National Forensics Institute counts homicides plus other deaths so the number are a bit inflated. However, by their calculations, 3,239 Guatemalans were killed violently during the first six months of 2011. During the first six months of 2012, 2,896 were killed.
That's 343 fewer deaths, or almost 11%, which isn't too shabby.