Cancun is already more insecure than Ecatepec: it is one of the 10 cities with the worst perception of security in the country

Despite being one of the most insecure cities in the country, the percentage of risk perception has decreased (Photo: EFE/Alonso Cupul)

Despite being one of the emblematic cities for national and international tourism, the figures for perception of insecurity in Cancún, Quintana Roo, have increased in recent years, to the point of placing the entity on the list of ten cities that offer less security guarantees, according to its inhabitants.

In the National Survey of Urban Public Security (Ensu) carried out by the National Institute of Statistics and Geography (Inegi), Cancún ranks number eight of the 90 cities most populated in the country regarding figures of perception of insecurity, record in which Ecatepec, State of Mexico, has historically appeared in the top positions of the index and this time it occupies the tenth place.

Compared to other tourist destinations, such as Vallarta Port, which recorded a 26.6% in this listing, and Los Cabos, Baja California Sur, with 20.2%, Cancun has almost four times more perception of insecurity, despite the fact that the figures decreased from a year ago, since it had a percentage of 88.1.

Other tourist spots in the country average a 25% perception of insecurity (EFE/ Lourdes Cruz)
Other tourist spots in the country average a 25% perception of insecurity (EFE/ Lourdes Cruz)

The prosecutor of Quintana Roo, Oscar Montes de Oca He denied a day ago that tourists and residents of the state perceive a increase in insecurity, because he assured that these figures have gone down, but what he did not mention is that, for more than a yearnearly nine out of ten people who are in the most emblematic city of the state perceive a climate of insecurity.

According to the owner of the Attorney General of the State of Quintana Roo (FGE), the arrests in the entity rose a 300% throughout the year, which was possible thanks to the technological advances that have been implemented within the unit, as well as the emphasis that has been placed on improving staff training.

He also acknowledged that in the state there is a presence of the Jalisco New Generation Cartel (CJNG) and of Sinaloa Cartel, criminal organizations that are at war over fill the important seats that generate millionaire profits from the sale of drugs and other illicit activities.

In the same way, the presence of local criminal gangs has been perceived, which are made up of the remnants of the Gulf Cartel and the Zetas, who decided to stay in Quintana Roo after breaking with their old criminal organizations.

Clashes between rival criminal gangs accentuate insecurity in the entity (Photo: NotiCaribe)
Clashes between rival criminal gangs accentuate insecurity in the entity (Photo: NotiCaribe)

Throughout 2021 there were registered various violent acts in several points of Cancun, including the hotel and tourist zone of the entity, events that affected the workers of these points, but that also afflicted national and international tourists who were in the places of the events.

One of these events happened last december seventh, day on which they were registered firearm detonations on the hotel zone of the Caribbean city, between the Calinda Bridge and Langosta Beach.

According to witnesses who were in the area, the armed individuals arrived on board three jet skis, who attacked a person who was allegedly a member of the criminal group opposed to theirs, who was selling drugs on the beach disguised as a craftsman.

A month earlier, on November 7, a shooting in the parking lot hotel Hyatt in Cancun, in which alleged members of the Sinaloa Cartel attacked two rival drug dealers, who died at the scene due to injuries caused by long-caliber firearms.


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