Sanmiguelenses Unidos’ achievements and plans
By Antonio De Jesús Aguado
The group that emerged with the aim of improving security in San Miguel de Allende is on its way to forming a nonprofit organization. The members are also planning to reactivate abandoned community centers and present security projects to the local administration. The group members acknowledged that home robberies have decreased in the last few weeks.
Sanmiguelenses Unidos was formed in October 2013 following an increase in home invasions involving violence, muggings and theft of vehicles. Currently, the group has elected a committee headed by David Bossman as chaiman, Javier García as spokesperson and Frida Elizond as treasurer. The president said that the next goal is to become a legally registered civic association.
Sanmiguelenses Unidos acknowledged that the local administration has done several things to improve security in the city, such as raising police officers’ salaries, giving out individual bonuses and recognizing those who have made outstanding achievements in terms of security. However, they said that the wages of police officers are still not even close to being good and will not prevent corruption or attract more people to the police force. They also expressed their concerns about the decrease of five million pesos in the security budget during the last year.
Javier García noted that after a revision to the municipal budget for security he found out that the number of the police officers in the city decreased by 30 percent and is lower than that in Dolores Hidalgo. He also denounced the lack of transparency of the local administration. He remarked that Sanmiguelenses Unidos is a very transparent organization and if they have information they will share it with the public.
García also noted that the number of reported home robberies has been decreasing in the last few weeks according to the unofficial numbers recorded by their organization, but in the weeks to come they will check the statistics of the National System of Public Security. He mentioned that the group is being divided into committees and there is one interested in the reactivation of abandoned community centers such as the one located in las Cuevitas. He mentioned that they are preparing the plans and they will be ready within a month. The project includes holding various classes and workshops. Later they plan to become involved with the Roza Kent community center.
The members of the group are trying to set a date for a meeting with Mayor Mauricio Trejo to present him with a project whereby taxi drivers would be involved in security matters “because they are everywhere and can help to prevent crime,” they said. The program that they plan to present has been a success in Tuxtla Gutiérrez, Chiapas and Mexico City.
“We are not enemies of the administration; we are their allies,” they concluded.