Threats, robberies and extortion: organized crime has taken over these federal highways

Available data in Mexico indicate that roads have also become no man's land. According to the Executive Secretariat of the National Security System, from January to February 10,639 people reported transport robberies, an average of 30 thefts per day.

Crime has taken over the federal highways in Mexico. Photo: Agencies
Crime has taken over the federal highways in Mexico. Photo: Agencies

Investigation files include thefts from trucks, tractor-trailers, trailers, cargo vans, dollies, pipes, and even cranes.

The extremely dangerous roads are concentrated in the states of Jalisco, Nayarit, Sinaloa, Nuevo Leon, Tamaulipas, Michoacan, State of Mexico, Hidalgo, Queretaro, Guerrero, Puebla Veracruz and Guanajuato, where reports of insecurity are associated with organized crime, but also people from nearby towns, who find this crime a more or less secure and, of course, constant source of income.

In the former, the most dangerous road was the Guadalajara-Tepic section, from kilometre 2 to 8 and from kilometre 108 to 114. In Nayarit, the road from Lo Lamedo-Tecualilla, from kilometre 23 to 24+500, was recorded.

In Sinaloa, the section that goes from El Rosario to Escuinapa was registered, from kilometer 179 to 192 and from 195 to 223.

On the route from Mexico City to Querétaro, up to ten dangerous roads were reported. In the State of Mexico, there are Gustavo Baz Prada-El Mirador-Puente de Vigas Avenue, Manuel Avila Camacho Boulevard at the junction with the Lecheria-Chamapa highway, Circuito Exterior Mexiquense junction, San Isidro, Cuautitlan Izcalli, Av. Paseos del Bosque, Cuautitlán Izcalli, Colonia Industrial Cuamatla in Cuautitlán Izcalli, and the section Tepotzotlán - Palmillas, from kilometer 51 to 53 and passing the humpback hut from kilometer 58.

On the more unsafe road to Querétaro is Tepeji de Ocampo-Polotitlán de la Ilustración from km 89 to 100, section Palmillas-Sauz Alto from km 155 to km 161, and section Palmillas-Sauz Alto from km 171 to km 178.

The drug zone is also killing off the business of entrepreneurs and customers. The first in the state of Nuevo Leon are From km 29, Libramiento Oriente Cadereyta and up to km 36; 20 kilometers before the toll booth Guadalupe, Las Palmas, and the junction with the section Cadereyta-Dr.

In Tamaulipas, where the Northeast Cartel is based, extortion, threats, robberies and even kidnappings were recorded on the Libramiento Monterrey-Reynosa section, Av. Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla to Calle Israel, Reynosa, Calle Herreros on the corner of Boulevard Miguel Hidalgo, Reynosa Tamaulipas, and the Matamoros-Monterrey beltway, Boulevar Anzalduas, in Reynosa, which connects the Anzalduas International Bridge to Mc Allen and Hidalgo, Texas.

An analysis by journalist Héctor de Mauleón, specifies that the assailants go for medicines, fabrics, seeds, groceries, sugar, electronic items and not infrequently they also take the trucks.

In Mexico, the crime of robbery of transporters was triggered by the fight against fuel theft, because the criminals had to look for another source of income.

Other factors also include the lack of surveillance in the area and security protocols in the various stretches of road in the country.

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The Government of Mexico and the National Chamber of Cargo Autotransport (Canacar) have already detected the road sections with the highest incidence of crime, so take into account this information before you go on a trip.

Highway 150D from Mexico City to the Port of Veracruz

Highway 150D from Mexico City to the Port of Veracruz
Highway 150D from Mexico City to the Port of Veracruz

Highway 37D from Morelia to the Port of Lázaro Cárdenas, Michoacán

Highway 37D from Morelia to the Port of Lázaro Cárdenas, Michoacán
Highway 37D from Morelia to the Port of Lázaro Cárdenas, Michoacán

Highway 57D in its section Mexico City-Querétaro and Highway 45D in its continuation of the route Queretaro-Salamanca-Irapuato

Highway 57D in its section Mexico City-Querétaro and Highway 45D in its continuation of the route Queretaro-Salamanca-Irapuato
Highway 57D in its section Mexico City-Querétaro and Highway 45D in its continuation of the route Queretaro-Salamanca-Irapuato

Highway 95D in its stretch Mexico City-Cuernavaca-Chilpancingo

Highway 95D in its stretch Mexico City-Cuernavaca-Chilpancingo
Highway 95D in its stretch Mexico City-Cuernavaca-Chilpancingo

Highway 40D on its Monterrey-Reynosa section

Highway 40D on its Monterrey-Reynosa section
Highway 40D on its Monterrey-Reynosa section

Among the actions that the Government of Mexico will take to prevent thefts in these road sections are:

Set the "CODED PADLOCK" designed as a review tool to counter assaults.

Establish a Single Reporting Center for theft of cargo and passenger transport.

Start a program of Safe Paradores that have a Certification in Security Matter in order that the operators have safe places to pause and rest in their routes.

An agreement or work agreement for the Federal Police to have access to Video Surveillance Cameras in collection booths of the Permits and Operators of the Concession Toll Roads.

Coordination, exchange, and access to vehicle park registration databases to check the legal status of vehicles.

Exchange of Information with the C3, C4, and C5 of the states as well as the Prosecutor's Offices and Procurator Offices for the location of the free state and federal highway crossings that serve as easy access and where most of the assaults are made.

Have a safe trip.

By Mexicanist Sources: Nacion 321 and Canacar Images: courtesy of Nacion 321 and Google Maps