INTRODUCTION (English language)











The guide will serve our readers as a supplemental resource by providing our users with cyberbullying stats, a quiz and a printable certificate of completion.
More, HERE.

Internet Safety Tips for Kids and Adults

By Safe Stars



The internet is a great way to connect with friends, go shopping, do business, and find information. In fact, the ways that we can use it increase on a daily business. However, just as in every aspect of life, there are potential risks. Internet scams, fraud, cyber bullying, online predators, and identity theft are all among the potential pitfalls that we face when we connect to the online environment. Thankfully, with a little knowledge, the savvy consumer should be able to easily maneuver around these would-be obstacles.

Internet Scams and Fraud

Some scams are more obvious than others. If a random stranger sends an email promising you great riches if you send them $100, chances are that you will know not to give them the cash. However, there are other types of scams and fraud that can be less apparent.

  • If a friend or family member sends a message saying that they are in trouble and asking for monetary help, confirm that it is actually them before sending the money. There is a chance that their email, Facebook, or other accounts may have been hacked or spoofed. A quick phone call or facetime with your friend should help verify if it is really them. To learn more about this type of scam, visit the Federal Trade Commission at


  • If the government emails, leaves a notice on your computer, or calls demanding money, do not give them your information or money. Real government officials will send a notice by mail. If you still aren’t sure, you can look up their official telephone number and contact them directly to confirm. Do not use your computer to look up the information if you may have a virus. The virus could spoof the official telephone number of the office you are trying to reach. To learn more about this type of fraud, visit Stop Fraud Colorado at


  • Before making an online purchase, always check to see if the site is actually secure. It should contain an https (http) at the beginning of the URL. Also, confirm that the website is actually the one that you intended to go to, and that it is not a clone with a similar or spoofed URL. If it is a smaller company or one you are still somewhat unfamiliar with, check their online rating. You can do this by visiting the Better Business Bureau ( or any number of consumer feedback and ratings websites such as  Consumer Affairs (


  • When utilizing online auctions or other multi-seller markets, check the seller’s feedback rating and keep payments within the system. Do not agree to pay someone with a different method. This will make it much harder to be reimbursed if an item never arrives or is not what you were expecting. To learn more about how to protect yourself at both online and offline auctions, visit Michigan’s Attorney General’s Office at,4534,7-164-17337_20942-192869–,00.html.

To learn more about online scams and fraud, visit the FBI at and at

Cyber Bullying

Cyber bullying and harassment can be just as devastating as real bullying. While teens are often a target, it can happen to anyone. Cyber bullying may take the form of harassment, stalking, impersonation, trickery, and threats. If you experience cyber bullying, there are four primary steps to take:

More, HERE.

It’s no secret that cyberbullying is on the rise. In fact, over one-third of teens say that they’ve been cyberbullied, but because many youths don’t openly admit to being bullied, that number could actually be much greater.


While no one who spends time online socially is immune to cyberbullying, young people are perhaps the most vulnerable, and it’s up to the adults in their lives to help protect them. With all of this considered, may I ask you to add the information below to one of your online safety resource pages? Each of these articles thoughtfully discusses ways we can protect kids and teens from online predators.

How Can Adults Learn About Cyberbullying, Prevention, and Policies to Enforce Safe Cyber Climates?

Cyberbullying: Spotting The Signs

Why Spying On Our Kids To Solve Cyberbullying Might Not Work

How to Keep Social Media A Positive Influence

An Anti-Cyberbullying Toolkit for Educators

The Psychological Effects of Bullying on Kids & Teens


Above information is courtesy by Jasmine Dyoco,


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November 14, 2014.

By Maria Guadalupe Vera Bobadilla, Security Corner in Mexico's Business Adviser 




If before the crisis there were cases of fraud, they have been increased in recent months.

The embezzlement is the most common type of economic crime, followed by those related to corruption and accounting fraud, which shows highest growth in the past two years.

When more than 1 in 3 organizations are impacted by economic crime, how to handle this type of crime becomes a priority on the CEO agenda.

In these times of severe economic difficulties, it is advisable for companies to bear in mind the following three considerations:

1. Delimit authorization levels. - Studies show that more than 56% of people who commit fraud work in the organization affected. The proper segregation of duties and division of responsibilities and levels of authority is considered a trite subject, causing many employers do not give due importance.

2. Establish complaints channels. - About 48% of economic crimes in Mexican organizations are discovered by accident, which reveals that the systems in place to detect fraud are not entirely efficient. Although establish internal audit is useful, have an anonymous reporting line takes an interesting way, being a source of valuable information to detect fraud within the organization.

3. Regularly evaluate monitoring and supervision controls. - Entrepreneurs often underestimate future risks of fraud by consider unlikely that their organization be a victim of crime, often occasioned by the false security provided by certain measures of prevention and control adopted; however when compare their estimations with the reality,the reported cases of fraud outweigh their considerations. 

Although it is important to implement preventive and detection measures, their effectiveness should be evaluated constantly, especially since in recent years, almost half of the economic frauds that the organization have suffered are the cybercrime.

Source: Economic Crime Survey 2014 by PricewaterhouseCoopers.

© 2014 PwC. All rights reserved.

A Guide to Public Wifi Security Risks & How to Use it SafelyA Guide to Public Wifi 




Our connection to the internet has had a huge impact on how we operate as a global society. It’s drawn the world closer together, and made it easier than ever to research, absorb and relay information at the click of a button.There are hundreds of fantastic things we can thank the World Wide Web for. But, sadly, that doesn’t mean it isn’t without fault.

There’ll always be people who try to exploit the naivety or recklessness of others. That sad state of affairs extends to cyberspace. Criminals will often try to intercept sensitive data over wifi networks – and there’s no better place to try that than on (often unguarded) public servers.

More, HERE.


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The government is quick to stamp out any untoward incidents  considering the tourism industry provides such a huge economy for the nation. Colonial towns and beach resorts have low crime rates and the local residents are friendly and welcoming towards foreigners.

Reports of drug-related violence in Mexico are accurate although this occurs mainly in the border region with fatalities exclusively between police authorities and the cartels.

Large, urban centers do have higher crime rates than smaller towns, but like travelling in any major city in the word it's a question of using your common sense and avoiding certain areas.

Tribute to Mexican Navy

In foreign lands accusations are made against Mexico’s police and military forces for engaging in corrupt practices, a fact we cannot deny. Corruption is an ailment common to all societies in the world, more so in countries where Public Health problems are a serious issue. In the case of the Mexican Navy, little credit is given to the heroic actions of men and women who risk their lives assisting a large sector of society. Recently, the Mexican Navy came to the rescue of the impoverished people in southeastern Mexico –mostly peasants – for natural disaster relief efforts. A brief review is made of the Mexican Navy's history and relevant school programs. A special tribute is rendered to these officers. Thanks to the Mexican Navy’s support, we provide valuable, revealing information about their quiet work in the War against Drugs.

Weapon Permits

Mexico’s National Defense Secretariat (SEDENA)’s assistance was invaluable to prepare this article. You are provided with detailed information about the Federal Law covering this issue and firearms possession. This article was requested by one of our readers who asked my opinion about private citizens being authorized to carry firearms as part of their duties in private security companies.

These corporate organizations specialize in executive protection and engage in kidnapping investigations and  negotiation for the release of hostages. SEDENA provides Security Corner readers with precise information about this Subject of discussion. In what concerns to the use of Tasers (defined as an electroshock weapon) the Dirección General de Armas de Fuego y Explosivos has informed us that permits to carry these are not being issued. Further, that Tasers must be declared at military inspection points, for confiscation purposes. 

SEDENA does not authorize Mexican citizens or visiting foreigners the importation or utilization of these weapons, which may be lethal.

Peligra licencia de uso de armas en SSPDF

Militarization of the police, rather than bolster law and order, has helped undermine it.



Natural disasters have made history by the unprecedented number of human lives lost. On the other hand, material losses are incalculable not only in Mexico but all over the world. In this article we are able to share extremely useful information, thanks to assistance provided by the National Center for Disaster Prevention, better known by its initials CENAPRED. This is an organization that works under the umbrella of the Secretariat of the Interior, National Autonomous University (UNAM) and with the auspices of the Japanese Government. Mr. Damon Darlin, columnist of The New York Times gives us details on How to Prepare for one Really Quick Getaway – for practical use at home, school, work. Links are provided to obtain Trainers Certification by FEMA and relevant universities in the US. La Jornada newspaper also provided valuable support.

Correctional System and Human Rights

International Organizations such as Rights Watch accuse Mexico of being a world leader in deficiencies in its justice system and for systematically violating the human rights of detainees. We take a superficial look at the Global reality before addressing this problem in Mexico. We requested assistance from the Public Safety Secretaries both Federal and Mexico City’s. In the first instance, we never got a reply. The Mexico City Government authorized us through its Prison System Directorate to provide us with important statistical information. Further, we were able to visit one of the penitentiaries where we witnessed diligent work performed both by responsible officers such as custodians, sociologists, religious, human rights and non profit organizations, school teachers, inmates.

To supplement information, these recent articles will enhance our readers standpoint on the issues of Jails and Human Rights in Mexico: The first three by Proceso magazine, a champion in influential, documented information in Mexico, reports in its 1701 issue dated June 7, 2009, the latter by prestigious El Universal newspaper:

'The Horror of Mexican Prisons' by Rodrigo Vera: TRANSLATION by 

"In a study on the nation's prisons, the Mexican Episcopate deduces that penitentiary policies are based on criminalizing the poor, as well as the monetary exploitation of inmates by federal, state and Federal District officials.They create a vicious circle of corruption and social resentment that increases crime, makes it necessary to build more prisons, and thereby helps with the formation of new criminals….Calculations are that 2 million people are involved in this type of "prison experience."The growing criminalization of the poor has caused explosive overpopulation in the nation's prisons, since a large percentage of their inmates are arrested for committing "starvation" crimes, as those perpetrated due to hunger and misery are called. Spanish Version Reproduced by El Mexicano Gran Diario Regional newspaper.

In the topic of Human Rights, two revealing articles: Ricardo Ravelo's KIDNAPPINGS Military Sttyle (Spanish): Allegedly, military officers have kidnapped in Piedras Negras and other town of Coahuila State several persons demanding millionaire ransoms. The delay or negative to pay will result in the execution of the kidnapped. This is what occurred to Iván Zulkin González, whose family recovered his remains in ashes. Local authorities refuse to accept the complaints of kidnappings and will only accept these until the corpses show up. More, reproduced by leftist website Resistencia Va!, HERE. TORTURE Military Style (Spanish) by Gloria Leticia Diaz : Written testimony by 25 Tijuana municipal cops provide details about the manner in which their supervisores turned them in to the military. These, via torture, forced to sign self-incriminating statements. Relatives of the detainees have approached the Inter American Commission of Human Rights and the UN's Special Relator about their story.  More thru En Linea Directa info, HERE.

Report to slam nation's prison system, by ALEJANDRO SUVERZA/EL UNIVERSAL
El Universal, Domingo 25 de febrero de 2007.

The nation´s prisons are "human storehouses where rehabilitation is unthinkable," according to a soon-to-be released report by the non-governmental organization Open Society Institute (OSI).

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Mexico City Airport


Traveling by plane is one of the safest (and fastest) methods of getting from point A to point B, but crowded airports, long waits at security checkpoints and baggage restrictions can make flying a nightmare when you have a disability.


With the help of legislation and strong advocacy, airlines and airports are making it more accessible for travelers with disabilities. We’ve created a fully accessible guide to help you navigate the airports, with tips and tricks to make flying with a disability an easier, more enjoyable process.


Airport Security 


Driving in Mexico City

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You decided to rent a car? Live here and own one? You will be surprised that despite the incredibly large number of cars circulating 24-hours a day, though at nights the number is reduced dramatically, not that many serious accidents take place. Why? Most people drive here offensively. If you are not used to drive as most taxi or bus drivers do, always make sure you drive on the defensive. Especially so, if armored security guards carrying money, shotguns in hand ready to open fire or chase cars with aggressive armed bodyguards come across your path. Are you familiar with the No Circula (do not circulate) law in Mexico City? Know what to do in case your car is towed away by the police? What to do if you left your car without enough money for the public parking meter and now your wheels are locked. Aware of Alcoholmeter inspections? Speeding tickets? Basic rules you should be aware of if you rent, own a car.

Recommended READING: Miami Tops Road Rage List for Second Year

Automobile Accidents

Hopefully you are only reading this column as a precautionary step in the remote event you have an automobile accident in Mexico. We leave each morning from home with the idea that such a horrible thing won’t happen to us. However, it is always best to think ahead than try to come to problem solving at the last minute in dramatic circumstances. This article contains extremely valuable information about the do’s and don’ts in Emergency Situations on the road or in a large cosmopolitan place as Mexico City. This informative package is designed to copy it, place it in your gloves compartment. Never leave home without it! Emergency numbers provided include the entire Mexican Republic.

Residential Security & Domestic Employees

Looking for a place to stay comes next with your personal safety in mind made easy: a goal should be combining your comfort and safety. Transportation will be an issue in your new place, also your children’s school. Earthquakes are a reality in Mexico that no one should ignore. 10 basic recommendations to consider BEFORE you move in your place: lighting, grill work, continued electrical supply in the event of blackouts, alarms, cellular phone and radio communication, proper insurance coverage, police, fire, medical emergency phone numbers and security guards.. a very delicate issue. Extreme caution is recommended. You will be responsible for the selection of Domestic Employees. This article with basic rules is a MUST for new arrivals or if you are in the process of finding a new home.


Parents must be responsible for this important task: the screening, selection of your your domestic employees. May I remind you that school teachers, the policeman around the corner nor your building attendant or security guard in your neighborhood are charged with the obligation to inculcate in our children good habits that begin at home such as the Culture of Prevention and Safe Travel.

This learning process begins at an early age, at home. Drug addiction, crime, lies are problems that can be easily detected and prevented if we only assume our role as responsible parents. The concept of family values in a country like Mexico does work, unlike in so-called First World countries where men and women become independent from their parents at an early age. If we at home are used to lying, being hypocritical these problems sooner or later will be reflected in those we love the most: our children. By then, it will be too late.

Children's Security 

Children are exposed –like never before- to an incredible array of problems as result of global economic problems.

 courtesy by the Federal Public Safety Secretariat (PFP)

Also because of new communication technologies such as the Internet. Mexico does not escape to the sad reality: international well- organized criminal gangs go around the planet sequestering kids for the sick mind of those who prey on them as sexual objects. The MEXICO CITY P. D. is also busy putting together –via Internet- a new page that contains pertinent, useful information provided to kids -in their own language- about Personal Protection, Traffic Safety, other topics. Learn what the LAPD recommends to better protect your child and what Security Corner –with 35 years experience- to make your children feel safer in Mexico, to include your teenage kids.

Cells, texting give predators secret path to kids, CNN story

01/11/08 11:57 AM, EST

It's happened again. A teacher is accused of having sex with a student and, like many times before, cell phone calls and texting reportedly had a role in sexually abusing a minor.

Violence in Schools

Finnish college gunman kills 10: 9/23/08

Finland in mourning after fatal school shooting: 11/08/2007

México has become a different country after 9/11. Not only our streets have been flooded with drugs, cities ridden with violence that represents a serious challenge to the future of this nation, but now our schools are also a major concern to us as parents. It is not possible to take any preventive actions in private or public schools in Mexico without first taking into consideration what is occurring globally in terms of the multi billion dollar illicit market of drugs and its influence in our society. Every year we receive thousands of North American students (Spring Breakers) who pack international resort areas. These places have become the stage of a Chicago-like killing scenario where gangsters –in this case drug traffickers- are at war with each other since these tourists are drug consumers and represent an excellent clientele they fight for in what they see as their exclusive territory. Year after year these young men and women end up getting in legal trouble, despite official warnings issued by the State Department. We analyze school shootings in the US, youth gangs and survey what is happening in Mexico City, starting in the Tlatelolco area and recent developments of a violent case that shocked the city of Monterrey.

The latest: Virginia Tech Massacre, by CNN

Mexico City Banking and Industrial Police (PBIDF)

The PBI began operations in September 1940 with 21 officers. On December 4, 1941 they officially became The Banking Police. Its founder was Col. Arturo Godínez Reyes, a visionary who spent most of his life creating what is now known as the PBI. Itis not a corporation, rather it is a branch of the Mexico City Police Department that is officially authorized to carry firearms. The Supplementary Police is formed by the Mexico City’s Industrial and Banking Police. Its roles include keeping public order, protecting citizens, crime prevention, and intervention in civilian disorder. It assists in the investigation and punishment of crime, and assists all citizens in the case of natural disasters and other contingencies. However, its most relevant role is to provide security services, surveillance and specialized protection to a great diversity of private organizations within Mexico City and its immediate boundaries. These include: Service Industries, Banks, Industries, Businesses, and Government installations.

The Auxiliary Division of the Mexico CIty PD was created by Presidential Decree on February 21, 1941 as published in the Official Bulletin of March 13 of same year.


Provide high-quality services to protect personal integrity and private property of official Mexican Government installations. Further,  provide same services to the private industry, residential properties, businesses, massive public events. We are of supplementary support to the Mexico City Police Department.

In-house Protection

Private protection of businesses, depending of service contracted this may cover responsibility 24/7 all year long.

External Protection

We can provide protective support -privately- in areas beyond the boundaries of private property, namely anywhere in Mexico City, anytime.

Custody of Valuables

Armed personnel in plainclothes to protect the transportation of valuables which can be accomplished in our official vehciles or in those provided by the client.

Executive Protection

This will be provided both in-house or when leaving premises. Our officers are specifically trained in personal defense, use of firearms in extreme circumstances.


Officers receive special training to tailor your needs in crime prevention, the use of technical communication.

Support to all Citizens

We serve the public in community assignment in coordination with the Mexico City PD, specifically in crime prevention in banks, county offices and other areas of risk.

Information Service, Contracts, Tel.: 55-41-56-91, EMail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Community Assignments (Public Sector), Tel. & Fax: 55-47-20-70, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Private Protection, Contacts, Tel. 55-41-34-48 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Quotations, Fax.: 55-47-20-60, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


55-47-57-20, 22, 23 & 24 


They have been operating since 1887. The total number of fallen heroes since then: 81 (eighty one) is minimal when comparing statistics of other cities and countries. Mexico City’s FD became independent from the City Police and now they work directly under the command of Mexico City’s Mayor. The estimated number of persons under their protection is a little more than 12 million. They must coordinate emergencies with neighboring states which in 2007 would add a total of 12 million more. For the Federal District alone, they have a total human resource in the range of 1,274 ready to jump in their emergency vehicles, 150 of these are female officers. Their equipment consists of 146 vehicles, 12 mobile pumps, 6 telescopic ladder trucks, 25 water tanks, 21 FD emergency cars, 25 pick up trucks, 5 panels, 4 speed boats, 8 buses, 2 tow trucks, 8 rescue units, 7 to contain dangerous chemicals.

Photo Credit: Mexico City Slums

Areas to Avoid
In January 2007 Security Corner is appearing in yet one more NEW  ARTICLE by the Washington Post, thanks to International Travel reporter Gary Lee.
This time, about the areas as a foreign visitor you should avoid in Mexico City, based on this report. A city of the size of the Federal District in 2007 with a population of more than 22 million inhabitants (to include the neighboring State of Mexico area) obviously has Crime-Ridden areas that as a visitor or temporary resident you should identify and make SURE you stay away from.
Areas to Avoid

25 Areas Identified as Most Prone to Crime in Mexico City

(article dated 7/29/09 in Spanish by El Universal newspaper)

Mexico City


A city of the size of the Federal District obviously has Crime-Ridden areas that you want to avoid. We are not the only ones in the world. Every major city anywhere you go has places you ought to try to stay away from to prevent you from becoming a victim. Efforts are made by some segments of the government, religious and civil organizations to allow residents in these areas to become part of the rest of the Community by providing them with altruist functions. Lots needs to be done soon to establish effective and far reaching social programs. Only strong and committed political leadership will prompt more participation by the private sector. Mexico has some of the wealthiest men and women who inhabit this planet, yet –sadly- not enough evidence is seen they see this problem as a priority. These are issues that will influence this year’s presidential elections. If you are new in the city, buy a map, get to know the city you live in. Ask your office colleagues, neighbors, friends about the areas where it is best to keep a distance from. Mark them on that map and plan your routes –whether by car, subway or any other means of transportation- accordingly. We will provide you in this article important information.


N E W : The Kidnapping Empire (in Spanish), 'Virtual kidnappings' in Mexico exploit very real fears by the Herald Tribune, April 29, 2008

"Touring Amid a City's Turmoil: In Mexican Capital, Experts' Safety Tips Are Put to the Test." 

Latest information available reflects that despite the horror stories we read in the press about kidnappings in Mexico, a country with a population estimated in 109 million inhabitants in 2007, according to the Mexico City Attorney General's Office during period 2000 to 2008 a TOTAL of 1,348 were victims of kidnappings. In 2007 a total of 112 were reported and in the neighboring state of Mexico, 347. According to article El Imperio del Secuestro by José Antonio Ortega, the National System of Public Safety (SNSP) reported 435 cases in 2007, the Federal  Preventive Police (PFP) reported 1,017 cases documented. This includes ALL variations of this illicit activity, such as kidnapping express, the so called Levantón and the payment for the release of a hostage. In the case of the Mexico City judicial police -much more active in this critical criminal activity, from the standpoint of investigations- as of  the last six years in 2007 had sent to prison a total of 938 kidnappers. Of these, 12 % were women: 114. Further, up to 2007 our federal Public Safety Secretary - Ing. Genaro Garcia Luna - Mexico's FBI or Procuraduría General de la República (PGR) had a TOTAL of  80 (eighty) cases documented.  In the State of Nuevo Leon, kids from well-to-do families from their local, private Universidad de Monterrey recently were found to be responsible of involvement in kidnappings, desperate for easy, fast money. In one of these two cases drugs were believed as part of their motives.

We should not compare, still: UNRESOLVED Kidnappings, Missing Person Investigations in the United States, a country with about 300,533,597 inhabitants in 2006. Parental Kidnappings.

Kidnapping Part 1

The easiest approach is to blame Mexico’s corrupt police forces for their incompetence in dealing with the growing concern about the current situation. It is important to seriously analyze the Global Context –in the area of kidnappings - before sadly declaring Mexico as a world leader in this crime. Most common types of cases are: Parental kidnapping, express kidnapping, organized crime kidnapping of the rich and famous, increasing number of common people’s kidnapping in all areas of the country by people known to them looking for fast, easy money, reporters being “lifted” from the streets by drug thugs to harass torture or kill them, and the newest thing: virtual kidnapping.

Kidnapping Part 2

A careful review of this problem reveals that alarmist warnings about kidnapping has brought Big Business to Mexico. Especially so, since the implementation of NAFTA. Private security firms offering protection multiply in this country and Latin America. In Mexico alone this is an industry that in 2004 was worth more than US $ 1,000 million and every day keeps on growing. For sale are from armored limousines and clothing to sophisticated satellite-tracking devices, CC TV monitors controlled from your laptop computer. Private negotiators for the release of hostages make big money, make their living from the others’ suffering and pain, as sad as it sounds. The Federal and Mexico City governments have seasoned, well-trained kidnapping investigators and citizens must give them the opportunity to prove their expertise. Press ought to assist in the process of allowing police to regain lost trust, confidence in a dignified manner, instead of creating a model of inefficiency when cases are not resolved. Eight points to make this problem manageable by the government of Mexico are reviewed.


A Culture of Violence: A country that glorifies wars and violence in the name of peace, by Stephen Lendman, Article dated Sept. 26, 2007

Violent Crime Up For Second Year: Some Point to Cuts in Federal Funding

By Dan Eggen, Washington Post Staff Writer, Saturday, June 2, 2007; Page A01

The number of violent crimes in the United States rose for a second straight year in 2006, marking the first sustained increase in homicides, robberies and other serious offenses since the early 1990s, according to an FBI report to be released Monday.

Once again, economic, sociological conditions are not the same within Mexican law enforcement agencies than in so-called First World countries, still, I invite you to explore each link:  The reality in the United States of America involving murder, nonnegligent manslaughter, forcible rape, robbery, and aggravated assault: Violent crime. Welcome to the FBI's statistics.

WAR in the streetsGangs in the USA: in Los Angeles, only in California gangs have divided the state in two criminal territories: Norteños ("northerners") and SureñosNew York, Washington, D. C.,Detroit streets shootouts, Chicago, Ill., and Miami only to mention a few problem areas. International: Rise of VIOLENT CRIME in England and WalesLondon, Sao Paulo, Brazil, South Africa, 2005 civil unrest in France, Vigilante expats take on Spain's gangs, Ecuador. Mara Salvatrucha and connections to Central America. 

 Violent Crime in Mexico

A 10-page well-documented, investigative report allows you to assess this hot topic. 

Information provided concludes that Mexico’s Losses in the Fight Against Drugs has been enormous and that more joint international cooperation is necessary by law enforcement in the three countries signatory of NAFTA to enhance Public Safety efficiency. Mexico is a growing Community for North American Expatriates, currently estimated close to 1 million. With more than 76 million Baby Boomers retiring within the next 20 years this number of U. S. and Canadians moving to Mexico will increase significantly. Article analyzes –to detail- Violent Crime in Mexico and provides Crime Prevention rules that may save your life, in case of emergency. Useful websites that will make your stay more enjoyable, safer are also provided.


2004 U. S. State Department's Report on Human Rights Practices, Performance by Security Forces in Mexico:

"Corruption, inefficiency, disregard of the law, and lack of training are major problems. Military personnel and police officers committed human rights abuses. Courts continued to admit as evidence confessions extracted under torture. Impunity remained a problem among the security forces. Alleged police involvement, especially at the state level, in narcotics-related crime, continued, and police corruption and inefficiency hampered investigations.." The complete report, HERE.

Widely publicized incidents involving allegations of wrong-doing, disgrace, or moral outrage in American Society, from the 1700s to Date in: Politics, AcademicsCorporate Practices, Sex, Journalism, Sports, with "gate" suffix, Televangelist. Sex in the Catholic Church, Olympic games. In AUSTRALIA, BELGIUMUNITED KINGDOM, CANADA, CHILE, FRANCE, GERMANY, INDIA, ITALY, SOUTH AFRICA.

Police corruption in Mexico  -so legendary by the international media- is not exclusive to this country. For example, FBI Stand on Public Corruption, NYPD undercover agents fired 50 shots to kill Sean Bell and no one has been charged. 2006 International Corruption Perceptions Index, remember Operation Casablanca?, Testimony by Celerino Castillo, FBI Busts Bad Chicago Cops, American police officers dealing drugs, in human rights violations, THIS week's cases, BAD Cops. International ScenarioAustralia, United Kingdom, CANADA.

This information service comes to you thanks to

Cornell Law School

Corruption exists just about every where: in the United Nations, in political circles, campaign financing in the US


Worlwide electoral frauds, 2006 Mexico Elections by Wilson Center, Narco News Watching the Observers.. etc

.. even in the Defense Department.

Security 1: Corruption La Mordida (The Bribe) Style

The main detraction of Mexico City is its crime, a topic that will be discussed on its own. In reference specifically to the City, street crime and kidnappings fill the inhabitants with fear on a daily basis. The author of this short article is our Chairman, who at one time served as an adviser to the Mexico City PD.

Security 2

A brief set of guidelines that include Mexico City airport, street and home security precautions, a word on Kidnappings, Medical Emergencies, driving on highways, Mexico – U. S. border, Chiapas State, international resorts areas, seismic and volcanic activity. The ideal thing to have if you do not like to spend too much time reading.

Subway, PART 1


One of our readers in London, England requested us to write about the subway system in Mexico City, otherwise known as the Metro. A growing number of users is people tired of fighting the traffic who want to save money in expensive parking lots, want to exercise, walking up & down. Ideal form of transportation whether you are a teacher, student, housewife or someone who does not feel like taking a taxi or drive your own car. Because it is cheap, the demand for use is very high. Take note. Hours of operation: from 5 AM to midnight Monday to Friday. 6 AM to midnight on Saturday. 7 AM to midnights on Sunday. Your subway ticket costs $ 2 pesos (about $ US .20 CENTS!!). Senior citizens with INSEN identification and Handicapped Users ARE EXEMPT from payment. Article contains recommendations from a personal protection standpoint. If arriving to Mexico City via bus, you may want to print it to prepare you BEFORE arrival to any of our 4 bus central stations. All connect to the subway, the airport included.

Subway, PART 2

If you use the Metro regularly, Congrats! Many stories can be told about the every day life underground or on the surface as this is one of the most efficient massive forms of communication in the world. However, one of the problems encountered is during peak hours (M-F: 7-10 AM, 1-2 PM and 6-8 PM), when the system gets really congested. By heart we know how hard it is to take your subway car during rush hours. To prevent this, leave early: women, children, handicapped ride in special sections. How nice, fast, comfortable it is at other times. The many stands that sell every imaginable merchandise, food, make it a colorful, active environment. At the same time you need to increase alertness entering or departing each station. This is an addendum to part 1 of this series. A total of 14 stations are identified as being prone to security problems. Now, we also include the Newest Mode of Massive Transportation: Metrobus. While at first it began with a series of complications, seems like as we advance in getting familiar with it, we find it safe and reliable. Those of us who live in a huge city -as the Federal District is- have learned that planning our moves well ahead of time, by leaving home EARLY to avoid congestion during peak hours will make our lives much easier. This includes commuting by car.

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Everytime you arrive in the waiting line, look for the LESS congested area, normally one of the two extreme ends. During PEAK Hours, the police guard  these reserved areas for: women, the handicapped and children. When you see the subway car approaching keep in mind you have 10 seconds for opening/closing time. In addition, should someone block the door, additional time is given until it is safe to proceed. Instead of entering by violently pushing others when you stand in congested points risking an accident in peak hours, with time -practicing- you'll learn how to find, by jumping from door to door, a more pleasant place or at least get a .. space for you. The same principle applies to the metrobus.



Nueva cromática para taxis del DF


24/7 service by radio: tel. 5514-7709, (same first 4 digits) 7861, 8074, 8124, Complaints, suggestions? M-F 12PM-4PM Tel. no. 55142850. Serving DEL VALLE, CUAUHTEMOC, CONDESA, POLANCO, REFORMA IZTACCIHUATL, CHURUBUSCO, JARDIN BALBUENA, COYOACAN, LINDAVISTA, SAN JOSE INSURGENTES, POPOTLA, SAN PEDRO DE LOS PINOS, where bases are located.

According to well-documented Televisa's Susana López Peña article (available in Spanish language only) effective on June 1, 2009 ALL Mexico City taxis will have a new look, as pictured above. Everytime we make reference to "green roving taxis" please apply the new chromatic adjustment. More information in the link

in Mexico City

Depending on the distance you cover, most bus rides cost you about $ 3 pesos or $ .30 US cents!! Again, more than a few foreign nationals regularly utilize this cheap way of commuting in one of the largest metropolis in the world. Some of these temporary residents are teachers working or students enrolled in local universities. Also frequent users are backpackers who arrive at any of the 4 large bus stations. You can become a regular user of Mexico City public transportation system, safely, by following our recommendations.

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Photo by El Universal newspaper



Mexico City has a total of 100 routes by buses, peseras (normally VW vans), electrically operated buses and streetcars. All these vehicular units, combined, are what constitutes RTP or the city's Passenger Transport Network. This net covers 3,061 kilometers' distance, within the Federal District jurisdiction's geographical boundaries. This is the second installment on the Subject of Public Transportation, per request by our readers in the United Kingdom.



Acapulco's population is estimated to be of 1.5 million. The number of international visitors that come to Acapulco regularly speaks for itself. Any week, about six ships bring an average of 2,000 tourists each, if not more. In addition, during the peak season some 3,000 weekly arrive by plane, car or bus. Despite a recent wave of drug-related violence Acapulco, this continues to be one of Mexico’s favorite international destinations.


Exercising Safely in Mexico City


México City has a large number of beautiful parks, at no cost. All of these are provided with maintenance, services, security by the City Government. A modern bicycle track called Ciclovia or Ciclopista was recently built. By clicking on above link you will travel in the photo gallery from the posh Polanco neighborhood, passing through Chapultepec park, other attractive parts of the city. Foreign residents lose a precious opportunity to enjoy open recreational areas that make México City a popular destination point because of alarmist warnings they receive. If you prefer to exercise behind your hotel walls, in your gym, fine by us. This article will allow you to know options where to go for a run, walk or to jog and do this safely. Our camera below also offers a variety of different locations in Mexico City that will allow you to assess our recommendations.


Mexico City Zoo


Parks (click on Manejo Integral to select location, description in Spanish)

Chapultepec Park, by Wikipedia.


Bicycle Track (CICLOVIA)


Problems with your Bike? Tonino's in Roma is a family business, serving ciclyists since 1940, Monday ro Saturday 11am-7pm at Tonalá 229-7, behind Medellín market, tel. no. 5264-5610. Ask for Gabriel Resendiz. The also work on motorcycles. Another reliable bicycle mechanic's shop is BiciGato, same operating hours at San Francisco 767 in Del Valle, two blocks from Insurgentes Sur, tel. no. 5536-5809. Ask for Julián Martínez or Lic. Norma Angélica Perez Amador. They've been in same line of business for the last ..60 years. Mention They will treat you as Members of the Royalty.

One of the Chapultepec lakes with Casa del Lago at the left and Polanco hotels, residential and offices buildings above it.


ATM Machines and Credit Cards

If caught inside an ATM machine anytime (day or night) and alone, criminals do not have to use any means of transportation to attack you or catch you by surprise. All they have to do is use circumstances to their advantage. If you follow the simple, basic rules of self-protection as outlined in Security Corner, it will allow you to carry on with your day-to-day routine without any complications.

Earthquake 1


Mexico is located in a zone of high levels of seismic activity. We are part of the same St. Andrews fault that begins in Alaska and ends in the South Pole. This is not the only continent that has experienced serious and devastating earthquakes. Other areas of the world have been exposed to the same in the past: The Alps, China, Greece, Italy, Turkey, Pakistan, Iran and Russia. UNAM’s National Seismological Studies Center, with some of the most knowledgeable experts in the world help us understand what happened on September 19, 20, 1985 when we had a deadly earthquake that devastated Mexico City.

Earthquake 2


Use our previous article –Part 1- to disseminate the Culture of Loss Prevention. Talk to family, coworkers, members of the Community about the seriousness, massive human lives lost and major property damages during earthquakes. Each building should have a written contingency plan that every occupant in it should be familiar with. Specific recommendations are provided to you by the experts, which may save your life in the event of an earthquake, which may occur anytime.

Minimizing Your Vulnerability

The life style you have may allow you to have a better sense of self- protection. Mexico is a country of extreme contrasts. We have a vast, growing middle class with access to progressive jobs, though after 9/11 we also received a serious recession in our economy, making us no different to many other places in the world. By reducing your visibility you will enhance your personal protection in the street.



In the Express scenario, criminals will hold you at gun-point inside a taxi cab that you hailed down from the street. They will beat you up mercilessly, if you resist. They work against the clock by forcing you to withdraw money from your credit card, whisking you from one ATM to another. The number one recommendation given to you is never, repeat, NEVER use street taxi cabs, usually green VW beetles. More useful information in this article.

Tips on Dealing with Taxi Drivers in Mexico City


This article is intended to be of service not only to guests of major hotels in Mexico, but also to owners, business partners and financiers of an industry which is extremely attractive since this country offers so many advantages. Among others, to have kept a distance from terrorist incidents, result of an adequate political move calculated to have this effect. According to official and private organizations, the amount of money invested to date in this industry is in the neighborhood of 16 BILLION dollars. It’s anybody’s guess the amount invested in security. The intelligence world is measured in terms of governments’ preparedness to alert their counterparts efficiently to take prudent preventive measures. A review is made of incidents that massively took the lives of vacationers in other areas of the world, to learn from theses lessons. Mexico is a favorite touristic destination for mostly North Americans and Europeans but we also have visitors from many other parts of the world 365 days each year, especially during the winter, because of its benign weather.


Reference: Heists Targeting Truckers On Rise; Robberies Are "Wreaking Havoc" on U.S. Highways, Endangering Consumers

Cruise Mexico on luxury bus, By Laurence Iliff, The Dallas Morning News.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION: During the 2009  Winter Holidays all Mexico City Bus Stations have a satisfactory taxi cab service inside the terminals, EXCEPT Central Norte. If you buy your taxi ride ticket there is no REFUND or ticket returned once you realize one must stand in line for hours before you board your vehicle. It is best to simply enter the clean, efficient, safe subway system or have a family friend, relative pick you up. Do NOT learn the hard way..

Omnibus de Mexico, with departures from Dallas, features movies, snacks and curtained windows on its high-end buses.

Bus Travel 1

Most bus terminals –not only in Mexico – anywhere are located in areas susceptible to crime. Once you make it to the terminal, enter quickly. Keep an eye on your luggage. Avoid traveling at night, if possible. Get the best service (normally more expensive, but still reasonable in pesos) your bus line offers: you will be safer, enjoy a cup of coffee, soda pop or a sandwich and watch a nice movie while your bus is moving. It is always best to get a ride as early in the morning as possible so that you take advantage of sunlight and be in your destination point early as well. While this is not a daily occurrence, assaults do occur in different areas of the country. You are especially encouraged to read this article if you are traveling by bus between Acapulco, Ixtapa, the road that connects Oaxaca City and Huatulco, and between Huatulco and Acapulco. Traveling by bus in Mexico can be a highly enjoyable, economical and efficient experience. However, there are a few things to keep in mind regarding safety.

Bus Travel 2

Most Mexicans travel by bus. About 98% of the population utilize this form of transportation. Before you hit the road it is critical that you plan your trip. Areas in the southeast are currently undergoing major reconstruction after these were devastated by natural disasters in the last few years. The Mexican Secretariat of Transport and Communications (SCT) does a wonderful job by updating their site with information not only useful to bus passengers but car drivers. Only takes you a few minutes to learn this. Also, remember that after you’ve purchased your ticket, you can cancel it, with no cancellation charge, up until 30 minutes prior to the departure time indicated on your ticket. Mexico City serves as the nation’s transportation hub, and so much of the nationwide bus service starts, stops, connects in the D.F.


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