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Secretary reports decrease in crime rates after implementation of Tourist Security Battalion

Cancun, Q.R. — The Secretary of Public Security reports that two weeks after the start of the tourist security battalion, crime rates have dropped. Lucio Hernández Gutiérrez, the Secretaría de Seguridad Pública de Quintana Roo, says there has been positive results in reducing incidence of crime since their arrival.

The police chief pointed out that in some instances, such as muggings, home invasions and homicides, they have seen as much as a 50 percent decline in crime rates, the same crimes that had recorded a significant increase only the month before.

“We had an average mugging decrease of 35 percent, a 30 percent decrease in home invasions and a 50 percent decrease in homicides,” he said, explaining that by this same time in November, there were already 28 murders. However, during the same time frame in December, there has been 16 murders.

“I think the order of operations that we have been implementing within our security holidays in December is working well for us,” he said, noting the results being achieved by deployment of the 1,500 elements that make up the state’s new Tourist Security Battalion.

The nearly 1,500 National Guard elements who arrived for December 1, have been deployed along the coast from Isla Mujeres to Tulum.