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While Cancun crime rates increase, federal security resources decrease

Cancun, Q.R. — While the number of crimes in the municipality of Benito Juárez steadily increases, the amount allocated for security continues to decrease.

Over the last several years, resources for the security strengthening program for the city of Cancun has decreased.

Norman Aguiar Cetina, coordinator for Fortaseg in Benito Juárez, explained that in 2012 the city was granted more than 62.6 million peso for security, however for 2018, Cancun will receive just over 39 million peso.

“Many think that more resources are necessary for increasing crime rates, but that would be rewarding the inefficiency of the police. So, it is the other way around. The allocation criteria is if crime rates do not decrease, we do not hand out more resources,” he explained.

Benito Juarez is within the 50 municipalities in the country in need of priority attention in the allocation of Fortaseg security resources, a subsidy that has been received since 2008.

The official stressed that the decrease of 2018 resources compared to last year is related to the crime rates that were up in relation to 2016, since there was a recorded increase of 200 percent.

He says the decrease in distribution is part of the formula that incorporates the increase in crime in 2017, which affected Benito Juárez in the distribution formula. He added that throughout Mexico, there are 2,458 municipalities that participate in the funding for security, however, only 300 qualify of which 50 are given priority.

Cancun, head of the municipality of Benito Juárez, ranks 39th out of those 50, giving it a low priority on the list of 50.

In the group of 50 municipalities, three main criteria are set which includes homicides (the problem of public safety through intentional homicides in absolute terms), Social Recession (Social indicators that give an overview of the social shortcomings of the measurement of poverty, educational lag in health and housing) and Economic Inequality.

“Benito Juarez has maintained the subsidy of Fortaseg since 2008 because it has met all the requirements in a timely manner, which clears the decrease in the allocation of resources derived from intentional homicides, something that affects the whole country,” explained Yeani González Pérez, head of the Operational Unit of Fortaseg.

With the subsidy granted by Fortaseg to the states and municipalities, attention is given to evaluation of control and trust of police elements, training, police approval, improvement of working conditions, equipment, infrastructure, emergency calls, and above all professionalization.