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Cancun residents say they don’t feel sense of security

Cancun, Q.R. – Nearly 80 percent of those living in the city of Cancun say they do not feel a sense of security.

A recent study for the National Survey of Urban Public Security (ENSU) by the National Institute of Statistics, Geography and Informatics (INEGI) show that the social perception of insecurity in Cancun increased 2.5 percent from December of 2016.

In December, the same survey resulted in 73.9 percent of the Cancun population feeling a sense of insecurity due to the rise in violent crime in the city. The survey also showed that now, only 23.8 percent of Cancun residents feel the government has the ability to solve the problems related to insecurity.

INEGI figures show that 72.9 percent of residents over the age of 18 consider the city unsafe. Of those numbers 80.2 percent feel unsafe using public ATMs, 73.4 percent feel a sense of insecurity riding public transportation, while 66 percent of those surveyed say they don’t feel safe exiting banks. Another 65 percent say they feel a general sense of insecurity walking the streets of Cancun.

Cancun is one of 11 Mexican cities whose perception of insecurity by residents is above 70 percent. The survey evaluated information taken from varying aspects of public security including the fear of crime, social expectations in regard to the tendency of crime, changes in habits or routine for fear of being a victim of crime as well as the performance of the municipal, state, federal National Gendarmerie police.


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