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Mexico and U.S. work together to improve tourist safety

Cancun, Q.R. — Governor Carlos Joaquín said that crime has decreased in the state of Quintana Roo. His words came at the same time Ken Salazar, Ambassador of United States in Mexico, made a similar statement.

Both Joaquin and Salazar were part of a bilateral meeting held with the United States Embassy in Mexico.

“I have been studying the security strategies and the world has to know what the governor is doing here is working very closely with the federal government, with President Andrés Manuel López Obrador,” the ambassador said at a press conference with local media.

Joaquin admitted that much remains to be done since high-impact incidents damage the region’s image and do not reflect the reality of current numbers, adding that criminal incidences with respect to the number of tourists is small, but the high-impact incidents registered with media influence, do not reflect the reality that the state has.

Joaquin said that businessmen, civil organizations and authorities are involved in the exchange information and evaluations are made in search of continuous improvement.

“There is improvement in the public area with more cameras, better equipment, training. But the latest events occurred in private spaces which forces joint decisions to prevent these actions from being repeated,” he explained.

Lucio Hernández Gutiérrez, Secretary of Public Security of Quintana Roo, said that he has a close relationship with the United States Consul Dorothy Ngutter as well as with 32 other consul nations that have representation in the state.

Dorothy Ngutter confirmed that they hold meetings on a regular basis for the exchange of information on what is happening in the state so the U.S. State Department can be informed.

“We work here at the local level, but also at the federal level and with our agencies in the United States so that everyone has real information,” she said.