Temas de seguridad no tienen censura en San Miguel
Por Antonio De Jesús Aguado
Medios a nivel nacional han publicado que San Miguel de Allende es una ciudad que ha sido ya tomada por la delincuencia. Sin embargo, el alcalde Mauricio Trejo dijo que primero se debe definir “índices de seguridad” pues en San Miguel no hay secuestros, o casas de seguridad con narco fosas como hace algunos años; tampoco, aclaró, hay crimen organizado viviendo en la ciudad. Por otro lado, el Programa Escudo ya comenzó a operar e incluye 600 botones de pánico.
En octubre, algunos miembros de la comunidad extranjera solicitaron una reunión con el director de Seguridad Pública, Arturo Yáñez Saldaña, a la que asistieron menos de 100 personas, todas ellas víctimas de algún caso de inseguridad. Los presentes se quejaron de que habían iniciado denuncias en el Ministerio Público, pero que éste no daba un seguimiento expedito a las investigaciones. Solicitaron que se contrataran agentes de seguridad bilingües y que hubiera más patrullaje en la ciudad. Sin embargo, no se llegó a ningún acuerdo y los asistentes poco a poco abandonaron el lugar.
En noviembre, un grupo con igual número de personas realizó
request from people concerned about security the municipal government hired three bilingual operators for the 066 emergency system, who will provide telephone assistance to victims from the control center until the emergency team arrives on the scene. Also, shifts of police officers were reduced from 24 to 12 hours, and they received a pay raise.
Later, the Sanmiguelenses Unidos group emerged to support the local government’s security strategy, and entrepreneurs and members of the press and nonprofit organizations were called to an informative meeting with Álvar Cabeza de Vaca, state secretary of public security, the district attorney and Mayor Trejo. After this event, however some members of Sanmiguelenses Unidos told Proceso, a politically oriented magazine, that in San Miguel insecurity was like a plague. Atención requested an interview with the most active member of this group, which he scheduled for Monday, April 15 but canceled an hour before. We tried to reach other members for an interview without success.
With regard to the magazine article, Mauricio Trejo observed it is based solely on the opinion of that group. Mayor Trejo remarked that his administration is concerned about all these topics but he made it clear that San Miguel is safe in comparison to other years when there were kidnappings, attacks at gas stations and even members of cartels living in the city. He said that he intends to work with those groups that wish to work together to improve San Miguel de Allende.
“It is very comfortable to hide behind a computer, talking about the bad stuff, eager for personal attention. That is very comfortable. The difficult thing is to propose and be willing to work together as the foreign community does.” remarked Trejo.
Statistics extracted from the police blotter provided by the Public Security Department to Atención indicate that from January to April of this year 36 residential burglaries were reported in the city, (not including robberies of water meters), 47 car thefts and 17 muggings. Trejo commented that in the year and a half during which he will still be at the head of this administration, he will work to decrease those numbers.
Specialized Unit for Investigation
According to San Miguel’s mayor, house robbery statics will decrease with the support of the Ministerio Público (MP, District Attorney’s Office), which now is building offices for the Unidad Especializada de Robos a Casa Habitación, Industria y Comercio (Specialized Unit for the Investigation of Home, Industrial and Commercial Robberies). This office, according to Urrutia, will more closely identify and follow cases to solve them.
Urrutia also made it clear that these new offices are being constructed not because the indexes of robberies have increased, but because it is necessary to investigate these types of crime more extensively. The new offices will be housed in the MP building on Boulevard de la Conspiración and will have a mobile investigation unit, (a truck equipped with cameras, photographic and computer equipment, GPS, metal detector, forensic lights and equipment for saliva, blood and semen tests).
The mobile unit will travel to crime scenes carrying three robbery specialists from the MP, who will collect evidence and take a statement from the victim, who then will not have to go to the MP to file a report. The mobile unit is operating now. The opening of the new offices, will take place soon, depending on the governor’s agenda.
The Escudo (Shield) program has the aim of not only safeguarding the borders of the state by installing surveillance cameras but also of providing better and faster responses to calls received at emergency numbers. Escudo will also reinforce the municipal program of surveillance cameras. It has officially been operating since April 15. The program has two main goals: to more efficiently serve those who call the 066 emergency system or the 089 number for anonymous complaints, and to achieve a unique coordination between the three levels of government in matters of public security as well as coordination with state and federal authorities for the pursuit of justice. Part of the equipment already installed in the 46 municipalities of the state includes 704 urban surveillance cameras in 176 locations, 1,300 cameras for local urban surveillance in 650 locations, 368 cameras with
technology to locate stolen vehicles and 184 fixed cameras. As part of the Escudo program, 60 “panic buttons” have been installed around San Miguel.