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Safety in San Miguel

By Karla Ortiz

Marlene, 24, colonia San Rafael

I don’t feel safe in San Miguel. I’m afraid of the trucks that later go there in the city. As a woman I think we are a vulnerable group, and even if you go all dressed down and ugly, they talk to you and say “bye mamacita,” and it makes me uncomfortable, it scares me. It scares me that men are going to do something to me.

I feel very insecure with regards to men. As a woman, I don’t feel safe and I feel very foolish because it has happened to me that I walk to my house and a patrol car comes by, and even though men talk to me, the policemen don’t do anything; they leave them alone, and that’s what’s wrong: they don’t keep an eye on that kind of detail.

 

Fernando Ramírez, 50, colonia Palmita de Landeta

In general terms, I see it as bad public safety. The lack of training for the police is notable. In my neighborhood, I see that they patrol constantly. There is enough vigilance. For the same reason in due time, it will be considered a danger zone.

 

Zuria, 38, colonia Guadalupe

I live in colonia Guadalupe. Public safety really means a “vigilant neighbor,” because the security we pay with our taxes is null and void. It does not exist. They are used to cover governmental events or to take care of the security of private houses of presidents or of economically privileged civilians. But those of us who live in remote areas don’t get cared for. Twice I have had my car windshield broken and things stolen out of my car. It’s an unfortunate shame to not feel safe in San Miguel de Allende.

 

Antonieta Rodríguez, 48, colonia Independencia

The issue of security is complicated since so much corruption exists, and let us remember that corruption is a two-way street. But when I have required the police to come and attend to a matter, they do what they can. Society has also really contributed to putting down their work, so that they are decreasingly respected; unfortunately these beliefs about them have become a self-fulfilling prophecy.

 

Esteban Rivas, 23, colonia Infonavit Malanquin

Somehow in the last few years, insecurity has increased. Nowadays, when you buy a motorcycle, you expect it to be stolen. We hear that there are vehicle robberies and robberies from cars in Centro and on the Salida a Celaya. We know that when it is high season, these crimes are usually being committed by people who are not from here and only come here to steal.

I also feel that there is a lack of cameras and insufficient monitoring of the ones we have. If we had cameras all over Centro, everything would feel safer and it would be easier to locate the thieves. As for home burglary, there are many in the newer neighborhoods: in La Esmeralda, there are many; that is where many delinquents live. There is a lot of delinquency, and unfortunately we are getting used to it.

 

Mary Abernathy, 68, colonia Guadalupe

When you ask the police for help, they’re not always there. A friend helped someone who had been robbed. She called the police. It was a taxi driver who had taken the client’s wallet and put it in the trunk. The police came and just did nothing. She made the guy open his trunk, and there was the wallet. So I think the main thing is that we can feel that we are here to help each other, all of us, not just expats or just the police.

 

Jane Freemont, 71, colonia Guadalupe

I just came back from the United States and now live here in San Miguel. When I told my friends that I was moving to México, the first thing they asked me was “how do you feel about the safety there?” and my answer was: “much better than in the United States.” There are a lot of shootings there, in schools, churches, and malls, so I feel safe here.

 

 

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