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Reporting crimes in Mexico is pointless
It is urgent to facilitate the process to report crimes - Photo: Denis Larkin/EL UNIVERSAL

Reporting crimes in Mexico is pointless

04/07/2019
09:21
Mexico City
Editorial
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The police officers deployed at the subway stations could be colluding with criminals

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One of the factors behind the reigning impunity in Mexico is the fact that people rarely report crimes. Authorities claim that there are crimes that are not being investigated because there are no reports, nevertheless, authorities have done very little to facilitate the procedure. The majority of those who are victims of a misdemeanor crime refuse to go to the Public Prosecutor's Office and report the crime because it implies long hours at the office and a deficient service. Therefore, the alleged criminals never face justice and are roaming the country.

On Tuesday, it was announced that the alleged leader of a pickpocket band that operates in Mexico City's subway system was detained and that he “was presented before authorities”. Mexico City authorities claimed that the detention was the result of an “investigation carried out by the security area of the Collective System Transport and a collaboration with the Security and Protection Ministry.”

A day later, it was revealed that the alleged criminal wasn't presented before the Public Prosecutor's Office and is currently free. Authorities didn't start a legal procedure against him because there is no charging party or victims who report a crime.

Isn't it enough to know that the alleged criminal was detained after authorities discovered his modus operandi through the cameras installed in the subway? Isn't it enough to know that he has been arrested for the same crimes 9 times?

Furthermore, the police officers deployed at the subway stations could be colluding with criminals. Therefore, in the face of complicity between the police and the criminals, reporting crimes would be useless.

It is urgent to facilitate the process to report crimes but it is evident that this strategy won't be enough to lower the crime index. The administration of justice has to be a mechanism where all the parts work in coordination and efficiently: police officers, agents from the Public Prosecutor's Office, and judges.

It hardly seems credible to the technology implemented in the majority of mobile phones can't be used to create a platform to report crimes, without waiting long hours to file paperwork and absurd questions. A lot of this has to change in order to eradicate the insecurity atmosphere in Mexico. The best strategy would be to implement an efficient system to report crimes, it's time to improve the legal system.
 

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