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State officials say homicides down in Cancun, Playa del Carmen

Cancun, Q.R. — Homicide rates have seen a significant decrease in the state since the implementation of the Single Command, say state officials, noting Cancun and Playa del Carmen are safe for travel.

State prosecutor Óscar Montes de Oca Rosales says that homicides in the state were reduced by nearly half during the month of May now that Quintana Roo follows the single command. In a public address, he explained that during May, homicide rates fell from 70 cases to 37 cases.

He says that the results are the product of coordinated work between the various state security bodies as well as the presence of the Single Command in Quintana Roo, making places like Cancun and Playa del Carmen safe for travel.

“We have managed to contain the increase in the incidence of crime in the state. I want people to see that the number of homicides decreased […] and that is the result of collaborative work with all federal agencies,” said Montes de Oca Rosales.

“It is due to the work of the coordination group with all federal, local and municipal agencies. It is an achievement of the entire state and of all security instances. We hope to keep it that way. Isolated efforts are never as effective as when acting as a team,” he added.

The governor of the state also says that the implementation of the Single Command has generated good results, mainly in Cancun and Playa del Carmen. Governor Carlos Joaquin Gonzalez agrees that there are “important achievements in numbers, important data and a decrease in the issue of intentional homicides.

“I consider myself a municipalist and I know that what we are doing is right and proper, to work together so that we can fight against crime,” he said.

He reiterated that the decrease in the number of homicides was achieved from the implementation of the Single Command in the state, but acknowledged that there is still a long way to go.