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Police will monitor CDMX panic buttons

Criminals have prevented victims from using the emergency device

Mexico City residents in distress needn’t fear being unable to use panic buttons: police will be at hand to monitor their operation.

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According to small business owners located in the city’s centro — along the Eje Central Lázaro Cárdenas, a central thoroughfare, and connecting streets — members of the Unión de Tepito gang have prevented victims of attacks, robbery and extortion from using the buttons to alert authorities.

The emergency call system is a device attached to the posts bearing video surveillance cameras, and puts callers in touch with emergency personnel.

Following reports that the panic buttons had been taken over by criminals, the Public Security Secretariat or SSP, announced that police will be deployed to those points in order to respond to citizens in case of emergency.

Mexico City Congresswoman Elena Edith Segura Trejo toured the Eje Central and intersecting streets on the weekend, accompanied by senior SSP officials and representatives from the Public Prosecutor’s office, collecting formal complaints regarding the “kidnapped” panic buttons.

The city’s mayor stated that even more vigilance of the panic buttons will be carried out using the surveillance cameras.

“I’ve instructed SSP chief Hiram Almeida Estrada to permanently watch over these points from the C5 integrated control center . . . in order to determine if the buttons are under any kind of threat . . . ” said Miguel Ángel Mancera Espinosa.

Source: Milenio (sp)

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  • K. Chris C.

    The gun and badge thugs’ latest propaganda tool, “panic buttons” as a substitute for an actual neighborhood presence and patrols is proving to be a public relations nightmare, and so, temporarily, the “panic buttons” will be staffed by actual gun and badge thugs. Tyranny is stranger than fiction.

    An American citizen, not US subject.

  • WestCoastHwy

    Unión de Tepito gang, are they trade marked? I just figure since there are so many criminal gangs in Mexico that Mexico should implement a gang tax and make the criminal gangs file for trade marks to increase more revenue.

    There could even be a sporting league created around them and have a super bowl of body counts! A kind of Coliseum of sorts like in the Roman Empire days with Gladiators. Imagine the revenue it would create; they could even buy and trade gang members and recruit them straight out of the hillside pueblos.

    A win win situation, even K.C. and the Sunshine Band would like that Idea.

  • SickofLiberalbs9999

    “I’ve instructed SSP chief Hiram Almeida Estrada to permanently watch
    over these points from the C5 integrated control center . . . in order
    to determine if the buttons are under any kind of threat . . . ”

    So the buttons get surveillance and “protection”?
    Wow, can citizens get protection, too?

    Future news headline:
    “Eleven Mexico City residents were murdered by criminal gangs this week, but three panic button threats were detected and eliminated thanks to rapid police deployment and heroic actions by security forces.”

  • SickofLiberalbs9999

    “Mexico City Congresswoman Elena Edith Segura Trejo toured the Eje
    Central and intersecting streets on the weekend, accompanied by senior
    SSP officials and representatives from the Public Prosecutor’s office.”

    The “representatives” accompanying her included 50 heavily armed guards – or she wouldn’t have made it out alive.

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