The violence taking place in Los Cabos is a “serious issue in the whole country,” says Mayor Arturo de la Rosa Escalante.
“There certainly is a nationwide problem with regard to incidents of insecurity,” he said, observing that federal efforts had previously kept it under control in La Paz and Los Cabos.
“We’re doing our part responsibly: purging our [police] corporation and purchasing uniforms and equipment for them. We have the country’s highest paid police, second only to Tijuana,” argued the mayor, who echoed other recent comments that the local tourism industry has barely been affected.
The new equipment has included new patrol vehicles. Thirty more were added to the fleet recently, on top of nine purchased a few months ago and another 14 delivered by the state government.
The violence has had little effect on tourism, he said, noting that Los Cabos is leading other Mexican destinations in growth.
“We’re growing more than any other destination in the country: in 2015 [there were] 1.5 million visitors, in 2016, 2.5 million, and in 2017 we will surely reach 3.2 million.”
The mayor also pointed out that 5,000 new hotel rooms are being built, a figure that is nearly one-third of the already built infrastructure.
De la Rosa rejected the notion that the security strategy in his part of the state had been “relaxed” in the last few weeks, but he acknowledged that it must be reinforced.
“Criminals are looking for ways to get around those strategies. The most important thing is to strengthen the strategy and keep a united front so that the public continues to provide anonymous reports to enable the detection of criminal groups,” he said.
Source: El Universal (sp)