Escudo to begin operations in the first trimester of 2014
By Antonio De Jesús Aguado
The program Escudo (Shield) will start operating in the first trimester of this year, and in the city 90 percent of the necessary infrastructure has been installed.
In our January 17 edition we reported that this year security in the city would be a priority for the local government and that surveillance cameras had been installed in the historic center, as well as that the monitoring center was ready to start operating. However, on Monday, January 6, cameras installed on poles about 20 meters high at the corners of Mesones and Colegio and on calle Canal in front of Las Monjas church were removed by the company because they did not fit in with the city’s urban image. According to the head of the Public Security Department, Gabriel Arturo Yáñez, the company, which was hired by the state government, knew that the design of those poles should be different for the Historic Center; nevertheless, there was confusion and the poles will be replaced in a short time.
On the matter of the emergency call buttons in the city, Yáñez said that the state government has committed to installing 600 buttons covering every neighborhood of the city. Some of the neighborhoods, said Yáñez, will have more than one button, depending on the level of crime in that area. Those buttons will also be installed in some stores registered in a program called Negocio Seguro.
The Guanajuato Secretariat of Public Security said in 2012 that the program would start operating before the end of 2013. However, in San Miguel, as in many other municipalities, commented the director of Public Security, the technology has not been installed completely. He commented that in San Miguel the installation is 90 percent complete.
Yáñez Saldaña confirmed that Escudo, which includes arches on roadways in the main accesses to the city, has earmarked more than 100 surveillance cameras for San Miguel, and it will reinforce the program of municipal surveillance cameras, a municipal project started in 2012.