Fast-Food Sales Increase 20% (Frontera, 10/22/12 by Celia García)

TIJUANA, BC - Although fast-food shops reported a 20% increase in sales this weekend, bookstores and footwear shops said their sales were normal as for any other weekend. Some merchants located in the Rio Plaza and in the vicinity indicated that they had increased sales with the innovative Tijuana held from October 11th to the 21st.

Gilberto Pacheco, responsible for a fast food business located inside Plaza River, reported an increase of 20% percent during the period. The same happened during 2011, so this year he prepared with more staff and product. Traders in other items, such as shoe stores, bookstores, among others, said they had sales similar to any normal weekend. http://www.frontera.info/EdicionEnLinea/Notas/Noticias/22102012/632642.aspx

Crime Statistics Released (Frontera, 10/22/12)

TIJUANA, BC - According to the Inegi, more than half of Mexicans have ceased wearing jewelry or do not allow their under-age children on the streets. 63% of the population in the country no longer wear jewelry to avoid becoming a victim of a crime, 62% no longer allow their children on the street or allow them less and 55% do not let them remain out after dark, reveals the National Survey of Victimization and Perceptions about Public Safety (Envipe) 2012.

The National Institute of Statistics and Geography (Inegi) gave details of the study completed this year, at 95,903 homes in the country, which also reflects that 44% do not carry cash and 37% don’t carry credit cards outside of the home.

Research reveals that 32%, one third of Mexico, only leave home with relatives or friends to avoid becoming a victim of crime. 30% do not go out for walks and equal percentage do not use taxis. 27% do not go to the movies or the theater.

Nationally, almost half of the population (44.2%) 18 and older consider the main reason for insecurity and crime is poverty. The place where the population, 18 years old and over, feel most insecure in the Republic, with 82%, is at ATMs located on public roads.

The national survey also measures perceptions of the population in regard to the current situation that maintains their feelingsi of nsecurity. In Baja California this has improved over the same period. In the entity 51.2% of the population feels insecure in this year, but 2010 it was 58.3%, said the Agency.

In Baja California, there were fewer victims of crime between 2010 compared to 2011, with a decrease of 5.9%, revealed by the National Survey of Victimization and Perceptions about Public Safety. Inegi research in 2010, found there were 31,299 victims per 100,000 inhabitants, against 29,451 in 2011, a figure that remains above the national average.

In Baja California’s five entities there is a greater percentage of crime, as well as in the Distrito Federal of Mexico, Sonora, and Chihuahua according to the information. In terms of the rate of crimes per 100,000, for the population 18 years and over in Baja California, there was a minimal reduction in the period from 2010 to 2011, reflected in the figures. http://www.frontera.info/EdicionEnLinea/Notas/Noticias/22102012/632539.aspx

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