First report of the Public Security Department
By Antonio De Jesús Aguado
The Public Security Department invested more than five million pesos in equipment, and the director gave a report, commenting that security in the municipality is increasing. He assured that in 2014 only one kidnapping and two homicides have been reported.
On July 24 Arturo Yáñez Saldaña gave his first report in matters of security in San Miguel before local authorities, members of the private sector and nonprofit organizations. He compared 2014 with other years and said that 27 homicides were reported in 2012, 15 in 2013 and only two this year. Yáñez made it clear that the homicide statistics are very trustworthy because this kind of crime “cannot be hidden from the authorities.”
Regarding the kidnappings, the director mentioned that from October 2009 to October 2012, there were 13 kidnappings registered, and this year there was only one case registered. Yáñez also reported that from 2012 until now police officers have been in constant training. He highlighted the thirty percent raise in salaries authorized for Public Security employees in 2013, as well as the financial support the employees receive from the SUBSEMUN (Federal Subsidy for Municipalities) to improve their homes.
Yáñez Saldaña congratulated residents of San Miguel for being very open to getting involved in department programs to improve the safety of their neighborhoods. Programs such as Vecino Vigilante (Watching Neighbor) make the commitment of watching over their streets and neighborhoods; those citizens are also in charge of detecting and eliminating sources of insecurity.
On the other hand, the mayor said that in San Miguel protests are not the best way to improve security matters; rather they are “the entertainment for the criminals who notice that the authorities and the population are divided.” Trejo said that to improve security of the municipality, he and sanmiguelense entrepreneurs will address a letter to the “correspondent authorities” to request a revision to the profiles (resumes) of the control judges in San Miguel because “it seems they have no other option than releasing the criminals eventhough they have the proof of their guilt.” He also commented that sanmiguelenses will go to legislators in local congress and present a legal proposal for more severe punishment for the kidnappers and send them the message that kidnapping in Guanajuato is not an option.
The event ended with handing over 14 new patrols (six pick-up trucks, two Ford Focuses, one cargo van and six motorcycles) to the Public Security Department.