The current spate of homicides – 10 were reported on February 12 alone – prompted Jalisco Governor Enrique Alfaro to urge citizens to remain calm while his administration implements new security strategies. At the same time, he reminded constituents of his limited time in office.
“We are talking about two months of work so we can’t make an assessment beyond that,” said Alfaro. “It will take time for people to begin to feel the effects of the strategies. There are no magic solutions and no government can be evaluated after two months.”
Jalisco has registered 469 intentional homicides between December and January, with the numbers appearing to grow, according to indicators.
Current data shows an increase in muggings, while vehicle theft, home invasions and business burglaries have decreased in the Guadalajara metropolitan area. About 1,500 people have filed official reports after being the victims of robberies in January and February, compared to the 1,200 in the same period last year.