4S Ranch Allied Gardens Alpine Baja Balboa Park Bankers Hill Barrio Logan Bay Ho Bay Park Black Mountain Ranch Blossom Valley Bonita Bonsall Borrego Springs Boulevard Campo Cardiff-by-the-Sea Carlsbad Carmel Mountain Carmel Valley Chollas View Chula Vista City College City Heights Clairemont College Area Coronado CSU San Marcos Cuyamaca College Del Cerro Del Mar Descanso Downtown San Diego Eastlake East Village El Cajon Emerald Hills Encanto Encinitas Escondido Fallbrook Fletcher Hills Golden Hill Grant Hill Grantville Grossmont College Guatay Harbor Island Hillcrest Imperial Beach Imperial Valley Jacumba Jamacha-Lomita Jamul Julian Kearny Mesa Kensington La Jolla Lakeside La Mesa Lemon Grove Leucadia Liberty Station Lincoln Acres Lincoln Park Linda Vista Little Italy Logan Heights Mesa College Midway District MiraCosta College Miramar Miramar College Mira Mesa Mission Beach Mission Hills Mission Valley Mountain View Mount Hope Mount Laguna National City Nestor Normal Heights North Park Oak Park Ocean Beach Oceanside Old Town Otay Mesa Pacific Beach Pala Palomar College Palomar Mountain Paradise Hills Pauma Valley Pine Valley Point Loma Point Loma Nazarene Potrero Poway Rainbow Ramona Rancho Bernardo Rancho Penasquitos Rancho San Diego Rancho Santa Fe Rolando San Carlos San Marcos San Onofre Santa Ysabel Santee San Ysidro Scripps Ranch SDSU Serra Mesa Shelltown Shelter Island Sherman Heights Skyline Solana Beach Sorrento Valley Southcrest South Park Southwestern College Spring Valley Stockton Talmadge Temecula Tierrasanta Tijuana UCSD University City University Heights USD Valencia Park Valley Center Vista Warner Springs

Tijuana businesses under siege

Robberies and related killings spur security-bar industry

A wave of armed robberies has swept across Tijuana in the past year, claiming the lives of six small-businesses owners and forcing many neighborhood shops to install security bars through which transactions with customers are conducted, according to the president of the Tijuana affiliate of the National Chamber of Commerce for Small Business.

In an interview published December 18 in El Sol de Tijuana, Heriberto Villalobos Rentería said at least 40 percent of the businesses that belong to his organization have decided to install security bars to protect themselves from marauding thieves.

Sponsored
Sponsored

While robberies occur across the city, the majority of shops that have installed protective barriers are located in Centro, Independencia, Castillo, Mariano Matamoros, Las Torres, Florido, Nido de las Águilas, Rubí, Morelos, Hidalgo, and Cañón Johnson.

“Frightened by this situation, merchants cannot stop operating because they need the profits to maintain their families,” he told the newspaper.

It costs these small businesses at least 1200 pesos (about $75) to have the bars installed, according to Villalobos Rentería.

In a separate interview published December 17 in La Jornada de Baja California, Villalobos Rentería said that at least 60 percent of the businesses affiliated with his organization have been robbed in the past year.

While the number of robberies has not decreased, he said, what has fallen are reports by merchants who have been victimized because of rude treatment by police investigators.

Here's something you might be interested in.
Submit a free classified
or view all
Previous article

Not California Dates, Clear Air for Hiking, December’s Cold Moon

Date Palm's can be found in Anza Borrego

A wave of armed robberies has swept across Tijuana in the past year, claiming the lives of six small-businesses owners and forcing many neighborhood shops to install security bars through which transactions with customers are conducted, according to the president of the Tijuana affiliate of the National Chamber of Commerce for Small Business.

In an interview published December 18 in El Sol de Tijuana, Heriberto Villalobos Rentería said at least 40 percent of the businesses that belong to his organization have decided to install security bars to protect themselves from marauding thieves.

Sponsored
Sponsored

While robberies occur across the city, the majority of shops that have installed protective barriers are located in Centro, Independencia, Castillo, Mariano Matamoros, Las Torres, Florido, Nido de las Águilas, Rubí, Morelos, Hidalgo, and Cañón Johnson.

“Frightened by this situation, merchants cannot stop operating because they need the profits to maintain their families,” he told the newspaper.

It costs these small businesses at least 1200 pesos (about $75) to have the bars installed, according to Villalobos Rentería.

In a separate interview published December 17 in La Jornada de Baja California, Villalobos Rentería said that at least 60 percent of the businesses affiliated with his organization have been robbed in the past year.

While the number of robberies has not decreased, he said, what has fallen are reports by merchants who have been victimized because of rude treatment by police investigators.

Sponsored
Here's something you might be interested in.
Submit a free classified
or view all
Previous article

Gaslamp ugly sweater pub crawl, Coronado ice skating, Nutcracker tea party, Del Mar Red Nose Run

2022 Reader Christmas events guide
Next Article

Disneyland, Sibelius, and Depression

Sibelius joins the sad sack
Comments

Gee, and we are told, and told, and told . . . that everything is cool in TJ for touristas from the US. But six small business owners have been killed by "marauding thieves." Oh, and sixty percent of the businesses affiliated with the association have been robbed. Does any of that sound like a city that you would want to visit, or a city in even the third world? Comes across like Somalia (a country with no real government), or maybe Peru or Ecuador. If you reside in the US and have any grey matter between your ears, use that brain, think, and you will conclude that TJ is no place for a sane person to visit, for any reason at any time.

Dec. 22, 2015

But it is a picture of the future of the US when there is no longer a middle class.

Dec. 23, 2015

There isn't any tourism in Baja, hasn't been for over a decade now. Hence, no money coming in, hence, crime rate goes up. And I lived there for over two decades, so again, DON'T GO THERE IF YOU'RE AFRAID. I had less problems there than in San Diego or Los Angeles. Your mileage may vary.

Dec. 24, 2015
Ask a Hipster — Advice you didn't know you needed Big Screen — Movie commentary Blurt — Music's inside track Booze News — San Diego spirits Classical Music — Immortal beauty Classifieds — Free and easy Cover Stories — Front-page features Drinks All Around — Bartenders' drink recipes Excerpts — Literary and spiritual excerpts Feast! — Food & drink reviews Feature Stories — Local news & stories Fishing Report — What’s getting hooked from ship and shore From the Archives — Spotlight on the past Golden Dreams — Talk of the town The Gonzo Report — Making the musical scene, or at least reporting from it Letters — Our inbox [email protected] — Local movie buffs share favorites Movie Reviews — Our critics' picks and pans Musician Interviews — Up close with local artists Neighborhood News from Stringers — Hyperlocal news News Ticker — News & politics Obermeyer — San Diego politics illustrated Outdoors — Weekly changes in flora and fauna Overheard in San Diego — Eavesdropping illustrated Poetry — The old and the new Reader Travel — Travel section built by travelers Reading — The hunt for intellectuals Roam-O-Rama — SoCal's best hiking/biking trails San Diego Beer — Inside San Diego suds SD on the QT — Almost factual news Sheep and Goats — Places of worship Special Issues — The best of Street Style — San Diego streets have style Surf Diego — Real stories from those braving the waves Theater — On stage in San Diego this week Tin Fork — Silver spoon alternative Under the Radar — Matt Potter's undercover work Unforgettable — Long-ago San Diego Unreal Estate — San Diego's priciest pads Your Week — Daily event picks
4S Ranch Allied Gardens Alpine Baja Balboa Park Bankers Hill Barrio Logan Bay Ho Bay Park Black Mountain Ranch Blossom Valley Bonita Bonsall Borrego Springs Boulevard Campo Cardiff-by-the-Sea Carlsbad Carmel Mountain Carmel Valley Chollas View Chula Vista City College City Heights Clairemont College Area Coronado CSU San Marcos Cuyamaca College Del Cerro Del Mar Descanso Downtown San Diego Eastlake East Village El Cajon Emerald Hills Encanto Encinitas Escondido Fallbrook Fletcher Hills Golden Hill Grant Hill Grantville Grossmont College Guatay Harbor Island Hillcrest Imperial Beach Imperial Valley Jacumba Jamacha-Lomita Jamul Julian Kearny Mesa Kensington La Jolla Lakeside La Mesa Lemon Grove Leucadia Liberty Station Lincoln Acres Lincoln Park Linda Vista Little Italy Logan Heights Mesa College Midway District MiraCosta College Miramar Miramar College Mira Mesa Mission Beach Mission Hills Mission Valley Mountain View Mount Hope Mount Laguna National City Nestor Normal Heights North Park Oak Park Ocean Beach Oceanside Old Town Otay Mesa Pacific Beach Pala Palomar College Palomar Mountain Paradise Hills Pauma Valley Pine Valley Point Loma Point Loma Nazarene Potrero Poway Rainbow Ramona Rancho Bernardo Rancho Penasquitos Rancho San Diego Rancho Santa Fe Rolando San Carlos San Marcos San Onofre Santa Ysabel Santee San Ysidro Scripps Ranch SDSU Serra Mesa Shelltown Shelter Island Sherman Heights Skyline Solana Beach Sorrento Valley Southcrest South Park Southwestern College Spring Valley Stockton Talmadge Temecula Tierrasanta Tijuana UCSD University City University Heights USD Valencia Park Valley Center Vista Warner Springs
Close