Following Spike in Crime on the Island
There have been seven murders so far this year in San Pedro, the destination which accounts for a significant portion of the nationís tourism revenue. The year isnít done yet. In 2013, our unofficial stats are showing three murders for the whole year. Speculation is that the hike in violent crime is a result of an increase in drug movement on the island, which offers direct and easy access to Mexico. But whatever the reason, it is a major concern to Mayor of San Pedro Daniel Guerrero. He told News Five that crime is growing in direct proportion to the mainlanders moving out to the island.†
Daniel Guerrero, Mayor, San Pedro Town
ďUnfortunately itís happening. We canít cover it up, and Iím one of the guys that Iím trying to stay on top with the Police, and Iím trying to do as much as I can as a Mayor and as a Council. And I communicate a lot with the Superintendent Mr. Castellanos and Superintendent Jemott, and weíre trying to do the best we can. This has been happening all over the country…all over for many years, but thanks to Facebook everything has been socialized, everybodyís like Ďwhatís happening, whatís happening?í But I think it is something to take serious and definitely if you look at how the crime is happening, itís a lot of the people coming in from the mainland. Itís not islanders doing it, people coming in from the mainland are causing all this mischief, and you cannot expect to have the Police all over. Police right now I have to big them up, theyíre doing an excellent job. Theyíre really, really working. I donít care if people really criticize them, because I know theyíre working. They just received some motorcycles as a donation from the Social Security. They have two or three pickups…not all of them working good but at least theyíre working. The thing is itís hard to be on all crime scenes and guess that a crime is going to happen there.Ē
ďEverybody I think is aware that a lot of the violent crime on San Pedro has to do with drugs. Is there any thought to either having a unit stationed here or having them come out more regularly to clean up the island?Ē
ďWell yes. You see itís hard to talk when it comes to the GSU because you donít want to give the hint that they are coming. So sometimes you just have to keep it quiet. But the GSU is very effective. I was very shocked to hear that the ex-Prime Minister was trying to dismantle the GSU. To me that was totally nuts and I donít agree with that. I think this country really needs the GSU. And I donít think they need to…the GSU is there to have peopleís respect. This country needs the GSU. To us it works very, very well when they come.Ē
Mayor Guerrero told News Five that he has requested and will be receiving additional Police officers on the island.