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Vox Populi: Safety in San Miguel

By Breyton Méndez


We asked people in different communities this week about the issue of safety in San Miguel. All the respondents asked to remain anonymous.


Do you feel safe in the city?


• Well, we no longer know when there will be another shooting. I no longer let my

kids out at any hour of the day, and worst of all, they don’t care. (45-year-old, San

Luis Rey)

• We don’t know what people owe [to criminals], or what [bad things] they are into.

It’s best to go out as little as possible, it’s getting less safe all the time. (23-year-

old, Los Frailes)

• It has been so calm for such a long time; we didn’t know what insecurity was.

Currently there is no peace or tranquility. (56-year-old, San Antonio)

• Not that much. I think that what’s happening is only between people who are

involved in bad things. (20-year-old, Santa Julia)

• Really, I feel more unsafe than ever, I’m afraid that something could happen to my

family. My kids go to school, and my wife works (38-year-old, La Vista)

• All’s calm here. Nothing ever happens. (28-year-old, La Guadalupe)

• Yes, a lot. The neighborhood is not the same anymore. Hardly anyone goes out,

and you can hear gunfire frequently. (21-year-old, San Felipe Neri)


Do you believe this can stop? How?


• I don’t think this will stop. It’s gotten too ugly already. (45-year-old, San Luis


• Well, until they settle their accounts, I don’t think so. (23-year-old, Los Frailes)

I have no idea. It’s getting worse all the time. (56-year-old, San Antonio)

• Maybe if the government takes some action. (38-year-old, La Vista)

Possibly it will never stop (28-year-old, La Guadalupe)

• I don’t know. I hope it stops soon. (21-year-old, San Felipe Neri)


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