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Rising demand for armored cars in Mexico
Level III armored vehicles are most popular in central Mexico since they stop bullets from short-range weapons - Photo: Jaime Puebla/AP

Rising demand for armored cars in Mexico

27/06/2018
13:05
Sara Cantera
Mexico City
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Armored car companies have reported a 10% to 20% increase in sales during the electoral season

With just a few days to go before election day in Mexico, when people will be voting for their next president, governors, head of government, mayors, deputees, and senators, the armor plates company Blindajes Epel reported a 10% increase in sales of armored cars, and a 20% increase in leases.

North, South-East, and Central Mexico were the areas with most units requested.

“Violence rates in Mexico, specially in the areas we just mentioned, are quite high, with a heavy presence of organized crime groups; This is why many candidates have chosen to use armored vehicles. These vehicles are mostly Level V units since these armored cars protect passengers from assault rifle gunshots as well as short-range weapons,” the company explained in a press release.

Last Friday, EL UNIVERSAL published that, during this electoral campaign, 47 candidates had been murdered.

According to Ernesto Mizrahi Haiat, head of Epel Armored Cars, Level III armored vehicles are most popular in central Mexico since they stop bullets from short-range weapons.

In the areas with the highest crime rates, clients often request Level-V vehicles, which can also stop bullets from long-barrelled weapons such as AR-15 and AK-47.

Epel Armored Cars and its branch Shel-Ha also offer lease services, with 45 vehicles in their rental fleet. Their services are based in Monterrey, Villahermosa, and Mexico City.

The company sells around 700 armored vehicles every year. Closing 2018, they estimate sales of up to 850 vehicles, 70% of which will be Level III, 27% Level V, and the rest of Level VII.

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