Homicide investigations in Baja California are not very effective and business leaders’ concerns over worsening violence are justified, state and municipal authorities admitted yesterday.
Attorney General Perla del Socorro Ibarra told a conference in Tijuana that her staff are working 24 hours a day, but in percentage terms the effectiveness of their efforts “is not high” because of the high number of cases.
There have been more than 500 homicides in Tijuana so far this year.
The violence prompted business leaders to issue an SOS on Monday. The president of a citizens’ council on state security warned at a press conference that Baja California “is becoming a lawless state.”
“This,” said Juan Manuel Hernández Niebla, “is an SOS.”
Another business leader called for a single-command police force coordinated by the Army that would be capable of “attacking the organized crime structure.”
Kurt Honold Morales said there is no sign of effectiveness in the actions by security forces.
Also at yesterday’s conference, a forum on addictions and security at the Autonomous University of Baja California, Tijuana’s Public Security Secretary commented that authorities must listen to the complaints.
Marco Antonio Sotomayor agreed that they are justified. He said the municipality has “a very clear strategy, and one that has been strengthened, but it is also true that we have not achieved the results we wanted.”
Containing the violence was one of the desired results but that, he said, has not been accomplished.
Sotomayor observed that there have been successes operationally speaking, citing the seizure last weekend of 15 firearms.
Source: Reforma (sp)