Cases of Home Robberies are Decreasing
By Antonio De Jesús Aguado
After one year of work in San Miguel de Allende, District Attorney René Urrutia assured that the criminal complaints for home robberies are decreasing, information that matches that provided by Gabriel Arturo Yáñez, head of the Public Security Department.
Urrutia, who has worked for more than 15 years in the pursuit of justice, was appointed District Attorney of San Miguel in September, 2013. In his first interview with Atención, he assured that San Miguel has unusual situations that no other cities in the state have, including attention to the strong, growing expat community. He also said that compared to other cities, San Miguel is a safe one. However, like any other city, it is prone to crime. He assured that there is a great opportunity to generate quality results for the citizens.
After one year of working in the city, Urrutia said that he and his team have focused their energy to provide directed attention to the citizens, “not just in giving them a hug when it is necessary, but also in giving them results.” The District Attorney assured that the Ministerio Público has been open to criticism, but they feel it has helped them to improve their tasks, and “although we have had great improvements, we still want to perform better”.
René Urrutia noted that he is happy working in San Miguel. He and his team are working hard to fulfill citizens’ expectations. He is assisted by a committed, responsible, competent crew. Urrutia declared that prompt and effective response to the needs of population are satisfied.
Because they are managed in the central office in Guanajuato city, he did not mention the criminal complaints filed by the expat community in the last few months in that office. Urrutia de la Vega made it clear that it is a crime that is decreasing. “We have objective information that proves it,” he said. He commented that he has had permanent contact with members of the expat community who have expressed their contentment with the matter. He also said that in many of those cases the Ministerio Público has had the criminals restore damages to the victim, making use of the alternative justice.
Currently, new criminal procedure legislation in Guanajuato is in force, in which preventive prison is not the first option. The presumption of innocence—one is considered innocent until proven guilty—is one of the first principles. The law has not been well accepted by the expat community, which wants to see the criminals behind bars. On that matter, Urrutia said that the citizens must be more open-minded to understand this legislation, wich is different from the previous law, because it improves the methods of justice. Urrutia said it has been hard for the population to accept this law, but this does not mean there is no justice; it is just a new way of achieving justice. Urrutia made it clear that this law avoids several abuses that were allowed under the previous law. “Not everything must be solved with prison; people must have options for repairing the damage. You can be assured, we are doing our work, and we are achieving satisfactory results,” he ended.