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‘No security in San Miguel de Allende’

Mayor turns to private firm to bolster security needs during Christmas season

The former director of security for San Miguel de Allende failed a confidence test and lost his job. But that didn’t stop the mayor from hiring him back to provide private security services to the town.

Octavio Drago Quero was first hired by the municipality in October 2012 but had to leave his post just two months later when he didn’t pass the nation-wide confidence and trust testing of police and security officials.

He is now the proprietor of Seguridad Drago, whom Mayor Mauricio Trejo Pureco hired to provide additional security for 10 days during the Christmas vacation period, at a cost of 130,000 pesos, about US $8,900.

Concerns about security have been growing among citizens as rapes and violent robberies have been on the increase. Four hundred people marched in protest last May in the city of about 60,000, better known for its historic center, art and expat population than crime.

Hiring private security was criticized by one city councilor who said the contract was concluded in secret, although the city treasurer said everything was above board.

A representative of the American expat community and head of the organization Sanmiguelenses Unidos was another critic, who said the situation was bad enough that even the mayor was forced to use private security.

“We’re tired,” said David Bossman. “There is no security at all for San Miguel de Allende . . . we’re tired of the violence . . . .”

Bossman’s organization submitted a proposal for public security to the city in November, calling for increased funding to pay for training and better wages for police and for the refurbishment of surveillance equipment.

As of last week it had not received a reply.

Sources: Excélsior (sp), FNS News (en), Periódico Correo (sp)

This story has been updated to correct a misquote attributed to David Bossman.

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