Medellín and NY strategies against crime recommended for Mexico

In an interview for the newspaper El Mexicano, Guillermo Asiain, member of the Citizen Justice and Security Bureau, spoke about the rebound of violence in Ciudad Juárez, in a clear evolution that requires a strategy adjustment in the fight against crime, similar to the applied in cities such as Medellín and New York.

The aim is to lower the indexes to an average of 14 homicides per month. Photo: Pixabay
The aim is to lower the indexes to an average of 14 homicides per month. Photo: Pixabay

He pointed out that it is necessary to involve society so that a comprehensive strategy is carried out, since by redoubling the intervention of the Mexican Army and the Federal Police, there must now be a process where there must be trust with the citizenry.

He gave as an example of cities Medellín and New York, which years ago were considered as one of the most violent and showed a remarkable improvement, applying a series of social programs and betting on other types of strategies.

Asiain said that the start of the year shows that insecurity and blood acts continue to be presented in a "normal" way, compared to last year, despite the intervention of the Federal Government and the presence of soldiers in the streets of Juarez.

The Security Bureau counted an average of more than 100 executions per month, during 2018, while in this month, until January 14, there is a figure of 50 murders in Juarez, 48 against men and 2 against women.

The aim is to lower the indexes to an average of 14 homicides per month, although the ideal would be to have none, so work is being done to achieve these goals, ensuring that the numbers have gone down.

By questioning him if a frontal combat is necessary for the criminal cells that maintain their control at the border and that have been responsible for the thousands of deaths and murders, he replied that he understands the importance of starting the problem at the root, but for this they have that fight other factors such as poverty and the conditions that generate more and more people get involved in organized crime.