Over 69,000 businesses in Mexico City were robbed between April and June, says the capital’s Chamber of Commerce, Services, and Tourism (CanacoCDMX in Spanish), averaging of 768 business burglaries per day during the three months.
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In a press conference on Monday, Canaco CDMX revealed that 69,134 places of business in Mexico City had been robbed, 77.5 percent of them at gunpoint, during the second fiscal trimester of 2018.
Business owners lost over US$12,437,000 due to the thefts, and convenience stores were criminals biggest target — 50 percent of thefts happened at small food stores and convenience shops. Paint shops, hardware, and light electronic stores were the next hit hardest across the sprawling city of over 25 million inhabitants.
Canaco CDMX said that they surveyed 80 percent of the city’s small businesses including gift shops, clothing stores, jewelry stores and pharmacies, along with the above types of businesses. Ten percent of the city’s shops had been robbed. During the robberies, 35 percent said they lost merchandise alone and 24 percent, cash. Nearly 14 percent said they had been robbed twice during the second trimester, and over 16 percent had been robbed three times or more.
Despite the indices of robberies and assaults 60 percent of the victims chose not to report the crimes, 78 percent of the time it was because the denouncement process was considered a waste of time and there was a distrust toward the police.
Based on the results the surveyors recommended that police receive better training, higher wages to avoid corruption and that more sophisticated intelligence and security systems be used by store owners and the police, among other suggestions.
Also in Mexico, last month was the country’s deadliest on record. Over 2,500 homicides — 2,599 in total — were registered, according to the National Public Security System. This is the highest number of killings on record since the government began to officially tally the rate in 1997.