New Highway Security Initiative in Mexico

The Comisión Nacional de Seguridad (National Commission on Security) in Mexico announces a new initiative intended to decrease crime on Mexico’s highways, including cargo crimes, called Cuadrantes Carreteros (Highway Quadrants).

The government’s strategy is to divide the country into five regions and within those regions create 136 total quadrants. Each quadrant is to be staffed with federal police on ready status to deploy at any given moment.

The program is divided into three parts with federal police units dedicated to each:

  • Mobile Surveillance – Officers will be actively patrolling Mexico’s highways within their assigned quadrants. Their purpose is to prevent accidents and crime by deterrence and to provide assistance to those in need.
  • Stationary Surveillance – Officers will be stationed at strategic points along the highway offering assistance to those in need. They will provide directions and information to those traveling on Mexico’s highway.
  • Mixed Surveillance – Officers will be stationed at strategic points but will also be patrolling as they are responsible for responding to criminal activity as well as traffic incidents.

A result of this plan is to also be able to identify the organization and structure of criminal organizations that operate on Mexico’s highways. Authorities are hopeful that these activities will lead to decreasing crime rates along the country’s highways. They are also planning on using information collected to better allocate resources to combating highway crimes. This operation is currently in the testing phase but authorities are hopeful for a full roll out in 2013.

For a link to the map and complete article, in Spanish, click here.

*Para ver el articulo original en Español descargue aquí.

Tuesday, April 2, 2013 - 10:00