Security meeting held, another planned
By Antonio De Jesús Aguado
On Wednesday, February 5, Mexicans and foreigners, members of the group Sanmiguelenses Unidos, gathered to talk about ways to improve public safety, to share experiences and to discuss how to improve procedures related to the District Attorney’s Office (Ministerio Público).
Among the attendees were 6 Mexicans and approximately 15 expats. David Bossman, as moderator, started the meeting by describing some strategies undertaken by the local police to make improvements. He mentioned the 30 percent increase in officers’ salaries and the shortening of the officers’ shifts from 24 to 12 hours. He also said that the Neighborhood Watch program is growing and more residents are becoming involved. Finally, he said it is likely that the mounted police will return, at least in the centro histórico.
After the announcement, some of the attendees, most of them victims of crime, shared their personal experiences with residential burglaries, muggings and other offenses. They also shared information about and the names of an allegedly organized group of maids, plumbers and gardeners who are committing crimes in Los Frailes so others could be aware before hiring them. The group voiced their concern that last weekend there were thousands of tourists in the city and not enough police officers patrolling the streets. They remarked that rather than a city full of tourists, they would prefer a city with more security for its residents.
The members agreed to have another meeting on February 19. They will also seek a meeting with the District Attorney René Urrutia with the goal of improving some prosecutorial procedures.