MEXICO CITY, Oct 15 (Xinhua) -- Mexico's President Enrique Pena Nieto called for the improvement of national public security at a forum held here on Tuesday.
Administrations should pay more attention to crimes, which are still one of the main concerns of local citizens, Pena Nieto said.
"It may take time and efforts of several administrations, as what we did in the past and will do in the future," Pena Nieto said.
He said it was time to create a different story for residents in Mexico and let them have confidence in local police. He also noted that police's working condition, wage level and promotion procedure should be improved as well.
Official figures showed that since President Nieto took office, about 1,000 people have died each month in drug-related violence and the army is enhancing fight against drug cartels across the country.
Nearly 80,000 people have been killed in drug-related violence in Mexico since former President Felipe Calderon launched an offensive against Mexico's drug cartels in December 2006.