Vox populi: Security in SMA
By Jade Arroyo
San Miguel is a city known for being safe and tranquil; however, recent violent events have awakened fear and indignation in the community.
What do people in San Miguel think and feel about the security issue?
Laura Honse, photographer
“I’ve lived in many cities, including New York and Chicago in the States, and I believe no city is free of bad things that happen. I feel very safe in San Miguel.”
Myrna Camacho, designer
“I feel very safe living in San Miguel and walking on the streets. I am from Monterrey and also lived in Mexico City for seven years, where I needed to take a lot of precautions and crime was very common. Here I feel tranquil and happy.”
Danilo Filtrof, artist
“I believe San Miguel is a safe city. I’m from here and nothing has ever happened to me. I’ve heard about robberies, and acquaintances have told me about incidents, but that’s all.”
Angela Lewis, psychologist
“I feel San Miguel is a pretty safe city, but that doesn’t mean that we don’t need to take basic safety measures. I won’t walk alone at night on a dark street or carry a large purse. I live in Colonia Lindavista and I believe there should be more street lights and patrols in the colonias outside Centro.
Carrie Cameron, artist and gallery owner
“I was assaulted a couple of years ago here (the guy never got punished), which made me realize how important is to take precautions and be aware of what’s happening around you. I believe San Miguel is pretty safe in comparison with larger cities, and I enjoy living here. However, I feel that in order to protect San Miguel’s reputation and real estate values, etc., they’re hiding criminal events that happen in town; we need to be better informed of what’s going on to do something about it and take good care of ourselves.”
David Bossman, retired teacher
“I feel safe in San Miguel in comparison with other cities; however, I have been living here for 16 years and it is not the same place it used to be. People have to take precautions and to be aware, not carry large amounts of cash or large purses, etc. Some people (especially tourists) think they have come to paradise, but it’s an actual city. I was a neighbor of Marcia Dworkin, and she was really cautious. I was robbed four times myself. We must become a pro-active society; it’s not a black-and-white situation. I do not trust in the transparency of the government. People do not know anything about what’s really happening.”
María del Socorro López, 27 years old, housewife
“Well, nothing has happened to me and hopefully it never will. I’m from the community of Fajardo de Bocas and things happen there; I don’t think security it’s very good: we’re forgotten, the police never responds to our calls or come to help us.”
Juan, 50 years old, shoe cleaner
“At the centro security is fine, but the colonias are insecure. Truth is that security is not as good in the latest years. Once, some boys tried to robbed me at Ventanas, but I ran.”