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Neighbor Patrolling, a Safety Matter: Member of the expat community works in pro of security in San Miguel

David Bossman

By Jesús Aguado

With a new mayoral administration in office since October, the nonprofit safety organization Sanmiguelenses Unidos is again asking for neighborhood police patrols. This is the same request it has previously demanded of three former mayors because it believes this will decrease crime in San Miguel.

David Bossman, an expat resident of San Miguel de Allende for 21 years, founded Sanmiguelenses Unidos. He says that he has tried to collaborate with local administrations in the past, and that if the newly elected mayor Luis Alberto Villarreal really wants to work on safety for the city, he and other members of the community are ready to contribute with ideas.

In a recent interview, Bossman claimed that former mayors Luz María Núñez, Mauricio Trejo, and Ricardo Villarreal did not do all they could to have a safer city. “When I spoke to Ricardo Villarreal and asked for the patrolling, he said it would all depend on who was the Secretary of Public Safety. Later I talked to [Secretary of Public Safety Ricardo] Benavides, and he told me that he had limited resources,” said Bossman.

After three years, Bossman talked to Benavides again in a meeting, saying that since the city had just recently doubled the number of police officers, it was finally time for neighborhood patrolling. “He did order that, but just for the last five days of the [mayoral] administration,” he said.

Other issues to take into account

Bossman, who currently manages the Facebook page More Security in San Miguel, has questioned why, in a country trying to eradicate violence against women, Mayor Luis Alberto Villarreal has 13 male directors and just two women. He is also skeptical about Mayor Villarreal’s commitment to regulating housing development construction in the city and questioned why the administration has not been able to regulate hot air balloons flying at low heights in the Historic Center or helicopter tours that add to the city’s noise pollution.

“That has to do with safety, as does the construction of a bridge instead of a tunnel on the El Pípila traffic circle. Most of the people that I have talked to believe a bridge would be better.”

When asked what he was willing to do to contribute to safety in town, Bossman said, “I will always be ready to work with the local government. The best thing they could do is to call people who have been active on security topics for years.” Bossman also said that even if Mexicans do not like written communication, he will send a letter to Secretary of Public Safety General Hidalgo Eddy requesting a meeting. “We will do whatever it takes to have a meeting with the general and work together,” he said.

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More Security in San Miguel

As it says in the information section of its Facebook page, More Security in San Miguel is a Facebook page created in 2013 for the residents and citizens of San Miguel de Allende to have a way to offer civic concerns and suggestions for improving security and safety in the city. The page has 10,000 followers and does not tolerate political postings or personal attacks.

 

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