Public Security reinforces surveillance in downtown Merida to prevent thefts

The number of robberies in downtown Mérida has decreased significantly as the surveillance by agents of the Municipal Police has been reinforced in the area.

Data obtained, from June 1st, to the last day of August, shows that the robbery incidents occurred in shops and businesses in downtown Mérida, went from 22 to 7, representing a decrease of about 30 percent.

In this regard, the director of the police corporation, Mario Arturo Romero Escalante, stated that many of these incidents are basically the theft of cellpones, in most cases belonging to the business employee.

However, he said that as a result of coordination with the merchants, municipal police are given access to verify the recordings of the surveillance cameras, in order to locate the person who committed the wrongful act.

“What happens is that two persons walk into a business, one of them distracts the employee and the other one steals his/her cell phone, but as most of these shops have cameras, the thieves can be identified and located”, Romero Escalante said.

“This past week we already had two cases, but now the merchants immediately report the fact to the corresponding authorities, and allow the Public Security agents to access their videos, so the burglars can be found ,” Mario Arturo Romero Escalante concluded.

The Yucatan Times Newsroom