Yucatán is the Mexican state with less kidnappings and executions, but when events of this nature have occurred, the immediate response of the Ministry of Public Security (SSP) has allowed the arrest of the perpetrators almost immediately.
Just two weeks ago, on Sunday Sep. 23, the efficiency of the SSP was demonstrated by stopping in less than three hours four criminals, including a woman, who executed a restaurateur in Chicxulub Puerto, who came to take refuge in Yucatan, after fleeing organized crime in Playa del Carmen, Quintana Roo, where the now deceased was a taxi driver.
In 2017 there was only one execution and one kidnapping, in both cases the responsible were arrested.
This action by the Ministry of Public Security was recognized by society throughout the Peninsula, mainly in Quintana Roo, where local media highlighted the effectiveness of the Yucatecan police corporation, unlike the situation in that state where crime is out of control, they have executions almost everyday and no arrests are made.
The statistics of the Executive Secretariat of the National Public Security System indicate that the state of Yucatán does not have an incidence in crimes related to organized crime, since from January to July of this year the Attorney General of the State of Yucatan (FGEY) did not register absolutely any reports of kidnappings, executions or people trafficking.
The public security police agents in Yucatán have modern equipment and technological support from the Monitoring and Police Intelligence Unit of the Ministry of Public Security .
In 2017 there were only two cases of execution: on March 27, two Tabasco assassins murdered Emma Gabriela Molina Canto on the terrace of her house in the San Luis district, in the Yucatan capital.
On that occasion, the rapid intervention of Public Security agents allowed the arrest of the two criminals near the CAME bus terminal, in downtown Mérida.
Currently, these two hit men are serving sentences of 43 and 46 years in prison, which was confirmed a few days ago by the Superior Court of Justice of the State of Yucatan. While two other suspects arrested for that execution as well, are incarcerated and awaiting trial.
A case of kidnapping took place on the night of March 16, 2016, the first case of this type of cirme for over 20 years in Yucatán. Two young men, A.C.A. and R.V.G. intercepted the victim – a woman over 70 years old – outside the casino in Plaza Galerias, took her in her own vehicle to the Recinto Real motel, located at kilometer 28 of the Periférico, where they threatened the woman with killing her if her family did not pay ransom. Public Security agents found the victim, sho was rescued safe and sound, and the two suspects were arrested in a matter of hours.
Thus, the strategies of the SSP have given results in the fight against high-impact crimes, mainly by the video-surveillance cameras installed all across the State, which provide real-time images.
On January 19, 2017, former Governor Rolando Zapata Bello, accompanied by the head of the SSP, Luis Felipe Saidén Ojeda, conducted a supervisory tour to verify the progress of the installation work of the video surveillance cameras in the north of Mérida.
A total of 466 cameras were installed in the state territory, this includes the renovation of 122 similar equipment that existed before the present administration, and which has already been restored at 100%.
Mérida has now 76 arches with video cameras: 22 in the Periférico and 54 in strategic points of the Yucatan capital.
The Monitoring and Police Intelligence Unit of the Ministry of Public Security has 40 operators per shift classified into sections such as emergency lines, dispatchers, monitoring of cameras in Mérida and the rest of the State.
The SSP has high definition cameras with the ability to identify a person or a license plate, even if the vehicle is in motion at more than 200 kilometers per hour; these are some of the characteristics of the corporation’s intelligent video surveillance system.
For this purpose, three security rings have been operatively formed in the State: the first at the borders with the states of Campeche and Quintana Roo, the second with the Comprehensive Public Safety Centers (CISP) and the third in the Periferico de Mérida, 306 state-of-the-art cameras are used in these strategic points.
It should be noted that the SSP of Yucatán maintains close coordination with the police corporations of the 106 municipalities, the Attorney General’s Office (PGR), Federal Police, Army and Navy to keep the state as one of the safest in the country.
TYT Newsroom with information from SIPSE