Los Cabos is considered the most violent city in the world in 2017 ranking

Translated by Fulano from an article in Frontera.info.

Los Cabos, in Baja California Sur, is the most violent city in the world, with a homicide rate of 111.33 per 100,000 inhabitants, said José Antonio Ortega, president of the Citizens’ Council for Public Safety and Criminal Justice.

Upon presenting the study, “Ranking of the 50 most violent cities in the world, 2017,” Ortega Sánchez said that of the 10 most violent cities in the world, five are in Mexico.

“Violence is on the rebound in Mexico. In 2015, five Mexican cities were included in the ranking, in 2017 there were 12, the same as in 2011,” he said.

Of the 50 cities in the ranking, 17 are in Brasil, 12 in Mexico, 5 in Venezuela, 4 in the United States, 3 in Colombia and 2 in Honduras. El Salvador, Guatemala, Puerto Rico and Jamaica eac have one city.

After Los Cabos, Caracas, Venezuela is next, with a rate of 111.19 per 100,000; Acapulco is in third place with 106.63, then Natal, Brasil with 102.56; Tijuana with 100.77, La Paz with 84.79, Fortaleza, Brasil with 83.48, Ciudad Victoria, Tamaulipas, 83.22, Guayana, Venezuela, 80.28 and Belém, Brasil with 71.38.


Suspect arrested in killing of U.S. citizen in Bahía de los Angeles

Baja California law enforcement authorities have caught a suspect in the killing of a 75-year-old U.S. citizen who was found beaten to death in January in the community of Bahía de Los Angeles.

The victim, Charles Lewis Crabtree, had been a part-time resident of the picturesque fishing town on the Gulf of California. Members of the tight-knit U.S. expatriate community were shocked by his death.

According to authorities, Crabtree’s body was found on the ground outside a trailer on the afternoon of January 8 at Campos Amigo, a camping and RV park north of town where the victim had been living.

In a statement Saturday, the Baja California Attorney General’s Office announced the arrest of a 28-year-old suspect identified only as “Gabriel N.” The statement said that he had been captured by ministerial police in Bahía de los Angeles about 1:30 p.m. Friday.

Investigators said that the victim had been standing outside a motor home when the suspect struck him repeatedly with a hammer on his head and body. The victim’s corpse was found by a friend hours later at the same location, authorities said. The authorities offered no motive for the killing.

The suspect remained in custody on Saturday, pending a hearing on Wednesday, when a judge will decide whether there is sufficient evidence to hold him for trial.


Crimes and trash on the Ruta del Vino

Translated by Fulano from an article in El Vigia.

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Residents, businessmen and visitors to the Ruta del Vino, which is renowned as the greatest in Mexico and is widely promoted by tourism departments, are confronting an increase in crime, as well as a proliferation of trash.

In addition to the foregoing, according to residents of the El Porvenir district, you can add to that traffic accidents, which happen mainly on weekends, due to the lack of caution and traffic signs.

Likewise, they said, “the area lacks a rescue department,” and the lack of medical attention to the injured or sick has contributed to the death of several people.

Regarding the crime rate, they said the robberies have increased, including armed robbereis and the criminals are leaving people injured from beatings.

They say ranches, homes and businesses have been crime targets.


Seven homes in San Antonio Del Mar in risk of collapse due to sewage discharges

Translated by Fulano from an article in Frontera.info.

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TIJUANA, Baja California – At least seven homes are at risk of collapse in the San Antonio Del Mar subdivision due to sewage discharges at the location, which have affected half of a street.

One of the residents of the zone, José Luis Rivas, said that in spite of the fact residents have been asking for help for years, they have yet to receive any response from authorities.

“It’s not a fear of something serious happening, it’s here now and we have not been slow in reporting this, it’s been years,” he said.

Beside his No. 398, on calle Isla, there was a channel built to direct the rainwater, but now there is sewage flowing in the channel.

At first, he said, the State Public Services Commission of Tijuana responded by installing a pipe so that the sewage flowed directly into the ocean, but four years ago the sewage volume increased.

Because the flows run 24 hours per day, the channel infrastructure has been damaged starting in May, 2017.


Cancun seeks to stop police from extorting tourists

Translated by Fulano from an article in Noticaribe.com.mx

CANCÚN, Faced with the constant extortion by transit police of tourists who visit the Mexican Caribbean, members of the tourist sector held a meeting with members of the tourist police to improve treatment and end the abuses and corruption.

“We have many complaints that the police are extorting the tourists who rent automobiles and other complaints that if a tourist is walking because he is a little drunk coming out of a discotheque, they approach him and take money. We came to some interesting agreements, among others, we are going to place decals on the patrol cars in the tourist zone which say it is not allowed to give money to the police officers and doing so is a crime,” said Sergio González Rubiera, president of the Mexican Association of Travel Agencies.

In this way, he said, it could considerably lower the number of extortions, which reach 2,000 or 3,000 pesos per each case, or the demand US$100 dollars on average and when the tourists do not have the money on them, the accompany them to ATMs to take out the money.

This compliant, he said, has been generally made by the consulates from several countries, which has created some worry among the representatives of the tourist sector, and it appears the tourist police have the will to participate so that this does not occur.


Todos Santos pastor accused or raping minors

Translated by Fulano from an article in BCS Noticias.

La Paz, Baja California Sur (BCS ). This Wednesday, January 31, 2018, around 5 victims, all minors, appeared before the State Attorney General’s Office in La Paz, 3 years after first filing complaints for sexual abuse against an alleged Christian pastor, because there has been no progress on the case.

The president of the association “70 Million Friends of the Family, Javier Pantoja González, was in charge of accompanying the victims to the PGJE facilities in order to demand that the case not remain unpunished.

Pantoja said that the crimes occurred about 3 years ago, in a Todos Santos home managed by Joel “N”, who was accused of having raped three minors.

It is worth mentioning that one of the cases was reported on December 6, 2014, and a doctor was able to confirm the rape of a child under 11 years of age. In 2016, there were also reports filed of the sexual abuse of four children in the same home.

Meanwhile, he said that among the existing evidence there is a collective complaint, made up of eight residents of Todos Santos, where they accused Joel “N” as responsible for sexual abuse in the home.

The children who attended gave their testimony, and said that they received threats from the Christian pastor to prevent them from continuing with their complaints against him.

“This man raped me, I was 10 years old,” said one of them, while another minor said she was abused at the age of 13. “They sedated me when they gave me tea, I did not know what it was, and before falling asleep I felt a penetration, which was when I realized that I had been raped […] I did not want to do it or say it because I was afraid of what was going to happen,” she said.


Los Cabos firemen say 911 is calling private ambulances when it involves tourists

Translated by Fulano from an article in Tribuna de Los Cabos.

Cabo San Lucas – The fire department commander in Cabo San Lucas, Juan Antonio Carbajal, complained that central command continues to send private ambulances, instead of the public emergency squads, saying that public emergency personnel: “don’t speak English,” when an emergency call involves foreign tourists.

The leader of the firemen in Cabo San Lucas said that medical emergencies have increased considerably, which shows the large number of calls they answer, as well as Red Cross paramedics. However, he admitted there are several private businesses with ambulances participating, and in one way or another they are being called to respond to emergencies.

In that sense, Carbajal made it clear the Fire Department is not against the existence and services provided by private ambulances. The only thing he wants is that they comply with the law.

In that case, municipal civil protection regulation say that first responders to emergencies should be the Red Cross or fire department. Private companies may help when the Red Cross and Fire Department are overwhelmed in responding to emergencies.

However, he said this does not appear to be happening. There continues to be a tendency that when there is an accident on a public highway, mainly the Transpeninsular Highway and downtown, with the probability a tourist was injured, several private ambulances immediately appear, and “curiously” the last ambulances to be dispatched are fire department and Red Cross. This happens even if the accident is very close to the stations.


Mexico failed in the Rule of Law

Translated by Fulano from an article in El Mexicano.com.mx.

MEXICO CITY – Mexico as a criminal justice system which is worse than Iran and a lower level of access to justice than El Salvador, according to a report, “Rule of law index 2017-2018,” which measures eight points on the Rule of Law developing in 113 countries in the world.

The document was presented in Washington by the World Justice Project organization, which surveyed 1,000 citizens and experts in each country to evaluate several areas, and to thus determine the level of the Rule of Law. Among the elements are the restrictions on governmental power, the lack of corruption, an open government, fundamental rights, order and security, compliance with regulations and civil and criminal justice.

In this list of 113 countries, Mexico is places as one of the worst, at 92, while Iran is in 80th place and El Salvador at 79. The score for Mexico was 0.45, on a scale where the maximum is one, and represents a large compliance with the Rule of Law.

The list is lead by Denmark, Norway and Finland, in first, second and third place, respectively.


79.8% of the population of Tijuana feels unsafe

Translated by Fulano from an article in El Mexicano.com.mx,

TIJUANA – 80.2% of the population of Mexicali and 79.8% of the people of Tijuana believe their cities are unsafe, according to the National Survey on Urban Public Safety by INEGI.

The document says that in both cities the percentage of citizens who think living in their locale is unsafe surpasses the national average of 75.9%.

Only 11% of the people of Tijuana and 14.3% of the people of Mexicali think their city government is “very or somewhat effective” in resolving the principle problems. In that sense, both cities are below the national average of 24.7%.

Places were citizens feel the least safe are ATMs on the streets (82.3%), public transportation (72.9%), on the streets the usually use (68.25), parks or recreation centers (54.4%), markets (61.6%), among others