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Surveillance cameras placed at Playa del Carmen ferry terminal

Playa del Carmen, Q.R. — The government of Solidaridad has added a video surveillance system at the Playa del Carmen-Cozumel ferry crossing to increase security efforts for travelers.

The ferry terminals, which see an average of 17,000 passengers per day, was visited by Playa del Carmen mayor Laura Beristain Navarrete and the mayor of Cozumel, Pedro Joaquín Delbouis along with Alberto Capella Ibarra, head of Public Security of Quintana Roo.

The trio, along with other officials, toured the ferry dock areas noting security and coordinated mobilization between the two tourist destinations.

“The pier of Playa del Carmen is one of the most important points of our municipality, but it is also essential for our sister city of Cozumel. Being a pillar for tourism, we must improve security and ensure timely attention to this sector to continue growing,” said mayor Laura Beristain.

“The government of Solidaridad is committed to tourism and its citizenship, so we will continue working in a coordinated manner with the state, the sister municipalities and the federal government to maintain the tourist leadership of Riviera Maya,” she added.

Alberto Capella acknowledged that in Solidaridad “the scenario is complex, but there is a strategy already articulated with the municipal government. We are going to refine the effort in some details of public policy”.

The important thing, he added, is that criminals know that institutional coordination is a reality as has happened in Cozumel and Benito Juárez. There will be a strong reaction from police in cases of violent events.

In Solidaridad “there is a containment, a slight decrease not yet sustained, but I am sure that with the implemented strategy the numbers will improve”, he said while highlighting that in Cancun, high impact crimes have decreased by 24 percent. “We have not achieved that coordination in Playa del Carmen.”

Cozumel mayor Pedro Joaquín mentioned that, compared to the previous month, the island has 40 percent fewer high-impact crimes, explaining that Cozumel has very few homicides, although there are drug dealers “and where there is drug trafficking, there is violence. ”