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Despite perception, murders in Cancun not a daily thing

Despite perception and media reports, murders in Cancun are not a daily occurrence. According to US gun statistics, the United States has already seen 307 mass shootings in 2017.

Cancun, Q.R. — The number of homicides registered for the municipality of Benito Juárez details that murder is not a daily occurrence in Cancun or in the municipality.

Considering that everything is about perception, commander of the 34th Military Zone Sergio García Rincón stated that the number of homicides registered up until the month of October in the municipality of Benito Juárez  shows it is not a daily occurrence.

He explains that approximately 85 percent of people who are involoved in this criminal activity, who have died from a criminal incident already have criminal records, or at the very least, are in the police information system.

He explained that local authorities and businesses often hold meetings with diverse sectors of society because they are always concerned about safety.

He says, “We understand their concern with safety because they have to take care of their investment and their companies and we have to help take care of their workers and the safety of society. If we do not help, there is no more employment which will only generate other social problems.”

Sergio García Rincón says there are approximately 2 million people living in the state of Quintana Roo, considering the floating population, the constant migration as well as the number of tourists that arrive at the entity each year. The context that is analyzed for the criminal index needs to takes these factors into consideration.

According to the index of the National Public Security Council, Quintana Roo places 24th out of 32 of the states. Up until today, there have been approximately 170 homicides in the municipality of Benito Juarez, he explained, where there is a population of approximately 800,000 people. Over the past ten months we are talking about 17 homicides per month, “That is, on average, which is not a homicide a day,” he notes.

He says that when compared to the security issues registered in other states in the country, he feels the security situation here is acceptable stressing that “85 percent of those who die in a criminal incident have criminal records, where those who are not live a very honest life.”

He affirmed that the honest people, the hardworking people that characterize the region, “Honest, hardworking and responsible people do not face this type of problem.”

García Rincón says that everyone needs to work more on the issue of citizen perception and “All authorities must work so that the criminal actions that are occurring are being addressed in a real context of what happens.

“It’s more than just a matter of the media talking about the crime rates, but also the factors that affect it.”

In August of this year, the US State Department issued a travel advisory for its citizens traveling to Mexico. In October, a US Travel Warning was issued by Australia along with several European countries for their citizens citing terrorist attacks in the US.

According to Gun Violence Archive, as of November 5 there has been 307 mass shootings in the United States already this year.