Extortion, deception and harassment in Cancun impacts tourism

Translated by Fulano from an article in La Verdad Quintana Roo

Cancún, Quintana Roo – Terrifying figures were revealed by Tomás Polanco, president of the association of auto renters in Cancún and Riviera Maya.

One of every 10 tourists who rent an automobile are harassed and extorted by the Tourist Police, in the Hotel Zone as well as Downtown, complained Tomás Polanco Valencia, leader of the car rental companies.

The president of the Car Rental Association of the Cancún-Tulum tourist corridor said the most of the visitors are respectful of the traffic signs, even though they may accidentally commit some infraction.

The tourist entrepreneur warned of the possibility of creating a poor image for visitors, for which he asks for moderation, above all for the police deployed in the beach areas, because thousands of people go there.

“They don’t report it, they decide to reach an agreement and are not reporting it. We do not have precise numbers how much these people are damaging tourism, probably some 10 percent of the tourists who rent a car have this problem and unfortunately do not report it.”

The rental company leader in the main tourist corridor in Mexico and Latin America said there almost 10,000 vehicles in the rental pool, and less than two percent of the traffic infractions are reported, so all is not calm.

“Transit Cards are almost not accepted nor are they asked for, and they are going to be renegotiated with the next administration so that it is put into operation, and hopefully we will treat the customers respectfully in this area and not take advantage of them. That is what we are going to try to do.”

Tomás Polanco said the proposal will be for the three municipalities, and he reiterated the utilization which has not been seen for the past ix years, since 2007, with average rentals for one week on the part of couples and families.


For the past few months, the hotel and business sector has complained of a period of fear and uncertainty, as voiced by Hernando Alonso Cordero Galindo, spokesperson for the National Council of Coparmex.

In fact, he is the only member of the private initiative which has been complaining for the past five years of bwing the victim of fate.

“There is too much fear in these sectors in Cancún and Riviera Maya,” pointed out the real estate developer, “the extortion’s have grown due to the corruption and impunity in the state and municipal police departments in the Hotel Zone.”


27,700 murders in Mexico in 2012

Of the 27,700 murders committed in Mexico during 2012, only 523 have been solved and punished with a jail sentence for the persons responsible. The population of Mexico in 2012 was 115,296,767, which produces an official homicide rate of 24 per 100,000 population.

From Animal Politico.com

Number of murders in 2012 by Mexican state



How many Americans and Canadians really immigrate to Mexico?

There is an interesting report from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development which shows the inflows of foreign population by nationality into Mexico in 2011, the last year available. Apparently, Mexico is not a very popular destination for immigrants.

21,464 – Total foreign immigrants into Mexico in 2011

4,260 – Total from the United States

849 – Total from Canada

Just for comparison, in 2011 the United States accepted 1,062,040 persons as legal permanent residents. The data set does not list the outflows of foreign population by nationality from Mexico. In fact, it does not list the immigration outflows at all.

The data does list the total foreign-born population residing in Mexico in 2009, the last year available:

262,671 – Total foreign born population in Mexico in 2009

59,996 – Total born in the United States

10,869 – Total born in Canada

So, let’s do some noodling on the numbers. If every year 4,260 US born persons immigrate to Mexico, and there are a total of 59,996 US born persons living in Mexico, then that represents a 14-year supply of US immigrants living in Mexico [59,996/4,260 = 14]. If the average American retiree retires at age 65, and the average life expectancy in the US is around 80 years, then retirees live about 15 years after they retire. That means the highest number of retired and still living Americans we would expect to see in Mexico is around 60,000. This is precisely what Mexico counts as Americans living in Mexico. Imagine that!

So where are the 1 million retired Americans that all the real estate promoters say are living in Mexico?

No where to be seen.


Murders in Baja California increased 24% during the first half of 2013

Translated and summarized by Fulano from an article in Frontera .

TIJUANA, Baja California – During the first half of 2013, murders have increased 24% in the state of Baja California, when compared to the first six months of 2012. In Tijuana alone, the increase was 40%.

This information was obtained from the Prosecutor Against Organized Crime, a part of the Office of the State Attorney General, and in charge of investigating murders in the state.

That institution reported that in Tijuana, as of yesterday, there were 280 reported murders during the first half of 2013, while in the first half of 2012 there were only 199.

As such, in the first half of 2013 there was an increase of 40% in violent deaths, when compared to the prior year. It was pointed out that 2012 was one of the years with the lowest rate of murders in the last few years.

Regarding Mexicali, murders have decreased. From January to June 2013, there were 73 murders, and in the same period in 2012, there were 82, a 10% decrease.

Playas de Rosarito is the municipality where there was the greatest increase during the past half year. There were 17 total murders, while in 2012 there were only 9, which represents an 89% increase.

In Tecate, during the first six months of 2013 there were 17 murders reported while during the same period in 2012 there were 11; an increase of 54% in violent deaths.

Ensenada in the municipality where there was the greatest decrease in murders. In 2013 there have been a total of 19 murders, and last year the total was 27 for the same period.

In summary, at the state level, there has been a 24% increase in murders. During the first six months of 2013 there were 406 violent deaths in the five state municipalities. In 2012 there were 325.