Robbery and rape crimes soar in Los Cabos

In recent years, Los Cabos, one of the most visited municipalities by national and international tourists, has registered an increase in insecurity in terms of robbery and drug dealing crimes.

Robbery and rape crimes soar in Los Cabos
Santa Rosa continues to be the neighborhood with the highest crime rates in Los Cabos. Photo by Viviana Rishe / Unsplash

Los Cabos, one of the most visited municipalities by national and international tourists, has recently registered an increase in insecurity in terms of robbery and drug dealing crimes, which grew significantly in the first two months of the year. Alarmingly, the crime of rape also had an increase in the municipality, rising from 14 to 21 cases of this crime.

According to figures provided by the Executive Secretariat of the National Public Security System (SESNSP), in the first two months of this year 2022, 57 robberies of businesses have been registered, which is a great increase, since in the same period, but the previous year, a total of 24 were registered.

Following the problem, businessmen who have been affected by the wave of insecurity requested the state and municipal governments to place video surveillance cameras at various strategic points, in addition to reinforcing police presence in those areas.

Strategies that since the beginning of the year have been under discussion at the Security Roundtable of the Coordinating Council of Los Cabos, and that has been fulfilled with the implementation of the aforementioned cameras, in addition to the implementation of operations at strategic points of the Cabo San Lucas Marina dock, resulting in the arrest of people who were allegedly engaged in the commercialization of illicit substances.

In addition to the fact that in recent years, tourist destinations in the country have seen an increase in the mentioned crimes, Los Cabos is one of the seven municipalities nationwide that hosts one of the most important beaches in the Mexican Republic, and although crimes have not shot at par with other beach destinations such as Cancun or Acapulco, the authorities must reinforce security actions to prevent crime and organized crime from taking over the place.

Incidence of crime in Los Cabos neighborhoods

According to data consulted from February 23, 2022 to March 15, on the official website of the Attorney General's Office of the State of Baja California Sur (PGJEBCS) reports that the Santa Rosa neighborhood in San Jose del Cabo (SJC) continues to be the one with the highest increase in its crime rate records.

This is in comparison to data from January when it recorded 17 criminal incidents, in February it was 19, and until March 15, the same neighborhood already recorded 24 reports.

It is followed by the Centro neighborhood of the same municipal capital with 19, the Las Palmas neighborhood of the Cabo San Lucas delegation with 16, and the El Caribe neighborhood, also of the aforementioned delegation with 14, being these the neighborhoods with the highest rate in comparison to the rest of the neighborhoods of the municipality, which showed lower figures.

The crime of robbery predominates in the municipality with 19 reports, aggravated robbery with 11, vehicle theft with 10, and robbery with violence with 6 reports, compared to the other crimes listed in the catalog.

Despite these figures, the State Attorney General's Office (PGJE) reiterates its commitment to fight crime and lower crime rates through actions implemented by the Attorney General's Office.