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Stewbear Oct 13th, 2016 09:35 AM


Rohelio Oct 13th, 2016 10:24 AM

Very sad state of affairs...some régions are safer tha others, it's a well known fact but crime is a sad reality in every city and country...

baldone Oct 13th, 2016 11:57 AM

Indeed, yesterday wife and I went out and bought our burial plots.
I predict the gringos will start moving to Guanajuato in droves.

Fra_Diavolo Oct 13th, 2016 12:24 PM

>>>I predict the gringos will start moving to Guanajuato in droves.<<<


Stewbear Oct 14th, 2016 08:05 AM

Not to worry Fra. GTO has very high standards! LOL

baldone Oct 14th, 2016 09:14 AM

Aren't you going stew? How high can they be, me pregunto.

Stewbear Nov 19th, 2016 08:10 PM

Mexico News Daily | Friday, November 18, 2016
As federal authorities strengthen security forces in the central state of Guanajuato, violent crime continues to rise, particularly homicide: there were 97 homicides recorded last month, making October the state’s most violent month this year.

Along with the deployment of additional army troops, once peaceful towns like San Miguel de Allende are strengthening their own forces, after unprecedented levels of violence have been seen in both San Miguel and Dolores Hidalgo.

Earlier this month San Miguel Mayor Ricardo Villarreal welcomed the arrival of 13 new patrol vehicles, five for the Municipal Police, five for the Highway Patrol and three for Civil Protection.

During a ceremony Villarreal reminded residents of the deplorable conditions of security vehicles in previous years, and said the modern vehicles and equipment would better prepare security forces for the challenges ahead.

While many residents have welcomed the boost in security, others point to its limitations. Local activist and community leader César Arias tentatively supports the new measures. “I think local government is doing what it can, but without sufficient manpower or economic resources they cannot tackle insecurity and urban problems very effectively.”

Since the arrival of extra forces, violent crime has continued to affect San Miguel de Allende, including its large expatriate community. On October 31, Rouhollah Shirazi, an Iranian teacher of English who had been missing for a week, was found dead on a roadside at the edge of town.

On November 4 in the neighboring municipality of Comonfort police and military personnel arrested nine members of a criminal gang that has been linked to numerous homicides in recent months. During the confrontation, police officer Juan Manuel Rojas Alvarado was killed.

The majority of the gang’s members were from the neighboring state of Michoacán, leading to concerns that cartel violence is spreading from more violent areas of Mexico to historically peaceful states such as Guanajuato.

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baldone Nov 20th, 2016 02:36 PM

Boring,stew, Not even news. Guanajuato has long been considered among Mexico's most violent states.
If you'd clicked on the links in the article, you'd have read that the Irani national died of a stroke, not from some unsavory activity. But since it's in Spanish, you wouldn't be able to read it. But I could translate? It'd be kinda like a parent reading to their child; we could do some bonding.

Shanti Nov 29th, 2016 08:51 AM

Stewbear, you spend a lot of time there - what has your recent experience been like? Any changes?

baldone Nov 29th, 2016 02:05 PM

Yeah, stew, what's it like in San Miguel?

baldone Dec 2nd, 2016 11:13 AM

Shanti, you really will have no problems if you simply use common sense. There are at times reports of pickpockets at the Tuesday tianguis, but the targets are usually foolish, overconfident expats or ignorant tourists. I read of a woman that was using her phone as a flashlight (for safety?) while walking at night, only to have it snatched out of her hand by a young punk. My wife and I do some volunteer work here that takes us to some pretty unsavory colonias, but we've never had issues and we don't go at night.
That said, there has been some tit for tat activities near some known narco houses, kind of a warning to the narcos pending the release from jail of a leading gang member. But that's far away from where you'd be.
Indeed, crime is up in Guanajuato, as I noted in my 'unsafer' post. Should you be worried? No. Kind of like how you wouldn't avoid Lincoln, NE, because one of El Chapo's guys was just captured near there.

Stewbear Dec 6th, 2016 03:23 PM

On the positive ledger a most excellent article about San Miguel in the December issue of Sunset Magazine.

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