Crossing with fear from San Diego into Tijuana

Translated by Fulano from an article in

TIJUANA, Baja California – Crime is one of the main problems impacting pedestrians at the Tijuana and San Ysidro crossing, reports a study carried out by students at the Baja California Autonomous University.

“When first returning to Tijuana a sense of security is felt, as the building is guarded by Army personnel, however, when a person faces what they describe as the place where the street vendors gather, along with deported persons,” said the project coordinator, Amparo López Vizcarra.

He stressed that the lack of security adds to the lack of an adequate infrastructure, public lighting, and the unorganized mob of street vendors.

“Even though the image in the nearby area in the new San Ysidro entrance called PedWest has improved, no attention has been put on safety and public lighting,” he said.

To obtain the results of the survey, they consulted with 655 users at both entrances in San Ysidro and the exits in Tijuana.

The Image and Tourist Certainty Project at the pedestrian crossing is in its preliminary phase, said the person responsible for the project, Adriana Ríos Vázquez.

The first stage was from August through November, with the participation of 20 students, 15 from the School of Tourism and five from the School of Humanities and Social Sciences.