Secretary of state security department meets with residents
By Antonio De Jesús Aguado
On January 22, Álvar Cabeza de Vaca Apendini, secretary of the State Public Security Department in Guanajuato, had announced that he would hold a meeting with entrepreneurs, journalists, members of the expat community and nonprofit organizations in San Miguel de Allende to strengthen coordination to prevent crime in the city. This meeting was finally held on March 8 and was attended by District Attorney René Urrutia and Mayor Mauricio Trejo.
Cabeza de Vaca said that the state authorities along with the local government are working to benefit the entire community, including the largest community of foreigners in Mexico here in San Miguel. He remarked that the kidnappings have been eradicated. To reinforce security in the city, said Cabeza de Vaca, San Miguel will receive more than 100 million pesos. Urrutia again explained the reason why alleged criminals are freed after 48 hours.
Trejo invited the attendees to get involved with the local authorities and security programs such as Neighborhood Watch, instead of magnifying the cases of crime in San Miguel on social networks. In the question-and-answer session, some audience members asked for more police officers on the street, which Trejo said is impossible and that residents are also responsible for surveillance.
According to Cabeza de Vaca, the average number of reported house robberies in the city is 24, which he compared with other municipalities in which more than 200 robberies are reported. Urrutia said that house robbery is a very sensitive topic, but they are trying their best to prevent it. Although we are worried about robberies, he noted, luckily we do not have kidnappings and high-impact crimes.
On a social network, a group concerned about improving security in San Miguel called for a demonstration to be held. They tried to gather at least 200 participants, wearing white, to put pressure on the authorities to allot more funding for security. Fewer than 20 people seemed to take part.
In the meeting, Trejo made it clear that it is not the local police department or the district attorney who releases arrested criminals, but rather the judges. For that reason, he is going to request a meeting with the president of the Supreme People’s Court in order to remove doubts.