Saturday, August 27, 2011

Not All Bad

As if to balance the horrible feeling stemming from the Monterrey massacre, Excélsior reports that the Zona Esmeralda, a neighborhood Atizapán, Edomex is the nation's safest spot. And the reason, the article says, is that the locals have been willing to invest in security:
In this area officers from both the local police as well as private security agents are on patrol, working above all in residential areas and retail centers.

The statitistics show that 86 percent of the 267 officers that are in the zone are paid by the community [as opposed, I assume, to federal and state cash transfers] and that eight out of every ten pesos collected are earmarked for this expense.

"We are working so that the Zona Esmeralda continues to be one of the safest areas in Mexico. What we are seeking in our subdivisions is security; we all pay for the security and each day we want it to be better", said Luis Miranda, president of the residents' association.

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