The days of fugitives successfully hiding out in Mexico may well be over. The US Marshals Service and Mexico’s law enforcement agencies are working together to capture more criminals crossing the border than in the past. Click here for more information. …
An invitation to participate in an online survey about crime at Lake Chapala was sent on May 22, 2014 by the Lake Chapala Reporter to 2,630 email addresses. Of this number, 1,173 (about half) of the emails were opened. Of that number, 392 people looked at the survey, and 276 actually completed the survey.
Chapala Police Chief Ramon del Arco sat down with the Lake Chapala Reporter today to discuss the results of a recent survey of its readers regarding crime in the Lake Chapala area. He was remarkably open and forthcoming about the challenges he faces, as well as about programs he is putting into place. The meeting was attended by the author, as well as by Chapala attorney Spencer McMullen, serving as translator.
This article is geared mainly to residents of the Chapala/Guadalajara area, but it also applies to all of Mexico regarding the federal police agencies. It’s important to know what each law enforcement agency’s vehicles look like and what each agency’s job is so you know whom to call in the event of an emergency. It’s also useful to know whom to be careful of if you are dealing with them in a situation where they do not have jurisdiction.
Multiple scams have been identified recently that have already cost people tens of thousands of dollars of their retirement savings.
More than 154,000 Americans travel safely to Mexico every DAY according to Nation Master. The US Department of Commerce reports that Mexico is the number 1 travel destination for Americans, with 20.3 million trips each year. That’s almost twice as many going to Mexico as to Canada. 1.6 million Canadians travel to Mexico each year – a number surpassed only by Canadian travel to the US. These statistics have been true for many years. Those facts alone are very much at odds with the US media portrayal of Mexico as a hotbed of terror and the most dangerous nation on earth.