39.4% of BC Offenses Committed Carrying Weapons (Tijuana Press, 12/18/12 by Nora Leticia Garcia)

Tijuana - According to a national survey of victimization of businesses where a victim was present, of more than 940,000 crimes reported to INEGI in Mexico during 2011, nationwide 45.5% were committed in possession of a weapon. The figure in Baja California was 39.4%.

Clarifies INEGI possession of a weapon includes firearms, knives, blunt objects, like sticks, rods and tubes among other items. The study was conducted from May 7th to July 31st, revealing private sector companies in the national territory had losses of 115.2 million pesos (US $9.02 million US) in crimes such as corruption, internal theft, assault and extortion.

They surveyed 27,743 companies. The goal, they say, was to generate information that allows estimations on the national level for the year passed, of criminal prevalence and levels of crime incidence in economic units, among other aspects.

INEGI clarifies that crimes such as organized crime, drug trafficking, carrying assault weapons, undocumented trafficking, among many others, are not susceptible to measurement in this victimization survey made by the Institute. http://www.tijuanapress.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=8452:delitos-con-portacion-de-armas-en-bc-fue-del-394&catid=1:locales&Itemid=50

Use Extreme Caution Moving Money (Tijuana Press, 12/18/12)

Tijuana, BC - The Secretary of Municipal Public Security (SSPM) reiterates its call to entrepreneurs, traders and the population in general, to use extreme caution in handling of money and to make deposits or payroll payments securely.

The owner, Jesús Alberto Capella Ibarra, reaffirmed that his office has an operation "Blanca Navidad", executed by the Directorate General of Police and Transit, with the aim of ensuring the safety of the population in the holiday season. It will be in effect until January 7th and includes greater patrols in seven commercial areas of great affluence: Center Historical, Zona Rio, Macroplaza, Plaza Financiera, Plaza Oasis, Paseo 2000 and Crucero “5 y 10”.

He said the commitment of City Hall, headed by Mayor Carlos Bustamante Anchondo, is that families have peace and security throughout the year, particularly on these dates. Regarding the handling of money, the following recommendations are: When you are going to move money for the payment of bonuses or payroll, contact the head of your police district to coordinate Municipal Police provide security for the transfer. When you transfer funds, it is recommended to frequently change routes and do not always follow the same one, to prevent any setbacks. Also keep information about the movement of money in close professional secrecy for exclusive personnel.

Capella Ibarra also recommends staying alert to avoid extortion by via telephone. In this case he urged that whoever receives a call, to hang up the handset immediately without heeding the demands of the extortionist and then make sure with another call, that the alleged victim is safe. http://www.tijuanapress.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=8454:extreme-precauciones-al-mover-dinero-sspm&catid=1:locales&Itemid=50

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