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Crime in Zihuatanejo

by ZihuaRob ⌂ @, Zihuatanejo, México, Monday, October 16, 2017, 17:45 (38 days ago) @ Elizabeth

Yeah, there are serious factual problems with those articles, but you'll be happy to hear that of the forty-something police arrested and sent to prison, 17 were just released and invited back to work on the police force. I'm sure they met lots of new friends on prison, and I expect they are less than enthusiastic to work for the people who put them in jail in the first place, but hey! It's appearances that count, right?

The sad truth remains we have no reliable local police force you could call in an emergency and expect a response in under an hour and a half. That seems to be the collective consensus. They're good at showing up where bodies are found and they're good at being bodyguards for políticos and influyentes, but other than that they haven't been much use for local citizens for many years if ever. But we do have the presence of the always wonderful and sometimes awesome Armada de México. I'll be posting a new emergency phone number soon for them, because our 911 service is a pathetic joke.

We do have a mixed state and federal force that are trying to take up the slack, but they are spread too thin and they aren't local so they don't know the characteristics of the local area, and the 911 calls are routed to a city somewhere else where they haven't a clue about streets or names of places or businesses. And apparently you have to speak slowly so they can type everything...

In spite of the fact that we have no local police force, there has been no looting of stores or rioting in the streets. The community is mostly made up of extremely hard-working, friendly and good-natured people. It's not hard to spot true locals because they're the ones who smile and say "buen día".

I wouldn't trust just ANY armed person around my nieto! ¡Viva la Marina!
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