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The head of the State Police, Luis Saidén Ojeda, tells us that the greatest anti-crime resource in Yucatan is the participation of our citizens. Some key thoughts:

Saidén Ojeda said social participation is encouraged through various outreach programs, both for the prevention of accidents and crimes, and for emergency care requiring the involvement of not only police, but firefighters and paramedics.

“We evaluated all our actions and we always take into account the perception of citizen concerns, complaints and proposals, because that is one of our main strengths: civic participation,” he added.

As an example of prevention and cooperation of citizens, … emergency numbers, and social networks, which receive reports of suspicious situations in the colonies and where people providing information that helps identify offenders or offenders.

The state Attorney General’s office agrees, saying that the rate of crime in Yucatan is on par with Western European nations, due in large part to Yucatecans who report crimes, suspicious activities, work with the police to maintain a culture of peace and tranquility.

The rate of intentional homicide is 2 per 100,000, favorably comparable to Europe or Wyoming. (A total population of ~ 2,000,000 means there are about 40 intentional homicides per year in the state).

Since 2008, there have been no cases of homicide related to organized crime (the usual euphemism for narcotraficantes) and no kidnappings.  Vehicle theft with force (car-jackings) have not happened and car thefts (via stealth, I suppose) are falling, with 267 cases reported in 2010 and 206 cases in 2011.

The Sistema Nacional de Seguridad Pública gives Yucatan first place ratings in equipment and weapons as well as training to combat crime and confidence (trustworthiness) of the police forces.

The crime Yucatecans fear most according to a study by Centro de Investigación para el Desarrollo AC (CIDAC) is returning home to discover a burglary of their residence and loss of belongings, followed by injury at knife-point (fights, assaults, robbery) and to a lesser degree, fraud or extortion and do not share the fears that grip much of Mexico, like violent kidnapping, executions, and shake-down protection payment extortion.

The safer atmosphere of Yucatan is attracting many ‘foreigners’ from other areas of Mexico. According to Secretaría de Seguridad Pública (SSP), there are 28,000 vehicles in Yucatan with ‘foreign’ plates (other states of Mexico), a 38% increase in five years (since 2007).  In addition, 22,785 vehicles were replated from other states to Yucatan in 2011, a big increase from the 16,957 replated in 2009.

Source, Grupo SIPSE:  Yucatecans Fear Burglary More than Kidnapping

However, please note: 

Nowhere do these officials say “crime never happens, people don’t steal,  we’ve never heard of burglaries.”  Expats who say such things are living in a world of their own creation, not reality.

Update:

Mérida: baja la tasa de robos en casas

The number of burglaries fell in the last year from 5,474 in 2010 to 5,141 in 2011 a decrease of about 6%.   Burglary is the third most reported crime in Yucatan, behind injuries and damage to property.

Burglars favor empty houses which has made new subdivisions with working couples attractive targets for daytime crime.  The areas of Ciudad Caucel, Tixcacal-Opichén and Las Américas, together with Los Héroes and Villas de Oriente reported more than 5 burglaries per day in the last year.

January 2012 had 463 burglaries.

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