The increasing number of drug crimes in Mexico City
by chloebenko on October 5, 2017 - 2:22pm
This article by James Fredrick sheds light on the safety issue in Mexico City due to drug crimes. With the arrest and murder of eight narcos by the Mexican police in Mexico City this summer, Fredrick makes it clear that contrarily to what Mexico City's mayor used to say, this city is not free from drug cartels anymore. Consequently, residents fear for their safety. Indeed, according to the article, 85% of them feel their city is unsafe. The author also points out the economical impact of increasing violence in the city. Tourism, which is key in Mexico City's economy, has not been affected by it yet, but it is mentioned that businesses spend almost $1billion in security and surveillance every year. A security analyst expert quoted in the article says that Mexico City is not likely to become a drug war zone, because it would be too hard for drug cartels to corrupt all police officers. However, Fredrick writes that this will not stop the crime rate to increase, because a continuous rise is expected. According to him, violence in Mexico City is related to a wider political trend spread around the whole country: avoiding to address the real source of this major drug crime issue and to change actual inefficient reforms.
The drug crime issue in Mexico City is definitely considered as a social issue because it affects the safety of the majority of its residents and is discussed daily in Mexico by the media and citizens. Drug cartels are responsible for crimes, extortion and kidnapping around the whole country, which creates economical, political and social consequences such as corruption and the breakdown of many families. For 10 years, the government has lead a drug war to control this issue, but other social movements take place throughout the population to manifest the inefficacy of this war.
I think that the government should definitely change its approach regarding the control of drug cartels, because the number of crimes only continues to increase. Starting to offer better salaries and training to the police forces to avoid corruption would seem as a good start. Stimulating the economy and giving better education to the population would also decrease the temptation for young men to fall into the drug world, because they would have a better economic situation.
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