Presentation on Public Safety in San Miguel

By Tony DeCrosta

Security is on everyone’s mind these days, and there are many legitimate reasons for concern, according to David Bossman, president of Sanmiguelenses Unidos (Sanmiguelenses United), a local citizens group of Mexicans and expats dedicated to improving security in San Miguel de Allende.

Rotary Club meeting
Presentation on Public Safety in San Miguel
Tue, Sep 23, 12:30pm
Hotel Misión el Molino
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Although most residents and visitors remain untouched by burglary, mugging, theft, and home invasion, the number of such incidents has been rising here, and is a source of concern.

“I love my city and am certainly not an alarmist. However, we must deal with the real facts…not just an image,” explains Bossman, a full-time resident here since 1997. “Most people come here because they believe it is an oasis. Now, many—especially those who have built homes in the campo—are finding that dream being threatened.”

Only seven percent of the Municipal budget is devoted to security. “According to UN guidelines, for a city this size and with the overload of tourists each weekend, we should have three times the number of officers on the streets,” Bossman notes. Most of our limited police units are concentrated in the Centro Histórico, with very little visibility in the colonias, and practically none in the campo.

SMU, which has a popular Facebook Web Page (“More Security In San Miguel”) with more than 3,200 subscribers, believes in establishing better communications between San Miguel residents, the city’s Public Security Department, and the District Attorney’s office. The group has been emphasizing the need for more local police officers, better training, and higher salaries.

“A key initiative is to educate the community about state and local laws related to security and home safety,” adds Bossman, who is also a charter member and past president of Midday Rotary.

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Bossman will explain how residents can be more proactive in preventing crime here. He will speak at the Rotary Club of San Miguel de Allende-Midday on Tuesday, September 23, at 12:30pm, at Hotel Misión San Miguel de Allende. The presentation and parking are free, and the public is encouraged to attend.

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