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Cancun, Playa del Carmen given priority to fight crime

Cancun, Q.R. — The federal government has given priority funding to the regions of Cancun and Playa del Carmen in order to maintain the fight against crime.

The municipalities of Benito Juárez and Solidaridad have been authorized a budget of 9.4 million peso for the implementation of four new crime fighting strategies proposed for this year.

The news comes from the technical undersecretary of the Government Secretariat, Claudete González Arellano, who says that last year, the federal government suspended the channeling of resources for the prevention of crime throughout the country.

However, since they are in the process of renewing the current administration, they have considered the municipalities of Benito Juarez and Solidaridad as priority, allocating 6.4 million peso to Cancun and nearly 3 million to Playa del Carmen.

She explained that the National Program for the Social Prevention of Crime proposed eleven strategic models, of which Quintana Roo chose four. She acknowledged that given the situation prevailing in the municipalities in the north of the state, it is essential to have strategies for the prevention of crime.

“The federation has given importance and priority to the attention of young people and women of National Program for the Social Prevention of Crime and the application of the resources that will be exercised through the centers installed in the municipalities,” she explained.

González Arellano reiterated that crime is multifactoria and it is necessary to implement prevention actions among federal, state and municipal authorities. She said that these programs will run until October of this year, “but the months in which the program is not applied, the municipality must follow up on prevention actions.”

City councils must guarantee security and give continuity to the programs, she emphasized, acknowledging that municipalities need to focus more on prevention noting “more investments should be made in parks and communities to avoid criminal acts.”