Mexico City Public Video Surveillance Faces Scrutiny

By Robert Wren Gordon, Published Feb 01, 2021, 10:10am EST

From Chile to China, lucrative safe city projects are increasing in popularity. But do more cameras equate to more safety? IPVM investigates.

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Do large-scale, multimillion-dollar safe city projects stop crime? If not, what is the point in selling the cameras in the first place?

Tens of thousands of video surveillance cameras are currently operational in Mexico City and the adjacent State of Mexico. IPVM interviewed industry and local sources and examined official Mexican crime statistics, finding no clear link between more cameras and less crime, despite politicians' promises to the contrary.

This post is part of IPVM's expanded Latin America coverage. For recent IPVM Mexico coverage, please see:

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  • January ****: ***** ***** ************ ** ******* “**** not **** ** *******” a *****-******** ****** ****** from ****** ****'* ********** Sur ****** (********, *****).
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*********** **** ********* ** Mexico **** ***** ************ highlighted ** **** **** a *** ** ****** has **** *** ***** to ******* ***** ***** surveillance ** ****** ***** and **** *** ***** anecdotes *** *** ********** of ****** ** ******** failures.

*** ************* *********** ****** that ******* ******** *** been ******** ***** *** 2013–2017 ********* ** *** events ********* ** *** January **** **** ** World *******, **** *** person ******* **** **** storage *** ********* ************* from ***** ** ** or ** ****.

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*** ******* ***** ** not *******, *** ******* alone ** *** ********** a **** *************...** ****** the ***** ********** *** help, *** ** *** hands **in *********** ***** ***** ************ ******* *** *********. [emphasis added]

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***** **** ********* *************** **** ******** ********* and ********* ** ****** [the *******] **** ********* substantially ***** **** *** remain ********* ********* ******* 2018 *** ****:

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**** **** * ******* pesos ******** ** ***** surveillance ** **** *****, Mexican *********** **** ******** video ************ ** *** public *** ***** ***** as * *** ** combatting **** ***** *** homicide *****.

** ********* **** ********** ******* ************************** *** ************ ** 14,000 *** ******* **** Mexico ****’* ***** ************ systems, **. ********* ** quoted ** ****** “* can ****** **** ****** such ** ******** *** decreasing *** **** ** continue:”

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**** ********** ********* ****, ** **** ******** by*******, ****** **** ******** opposition ****** ***** ******* expressed ******* *** *** expansion ** ****** ****’* surveillance ****** ** ******* implementations ****** *** ********** of **** *******, ******* cameras “*********** **** ******* the ********** ** ******:”

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******* ******** **** ****** and ********** *********, **** do *** ******* *** view **** *** ******** of **** ******* *** reduced ****** *** ***** or ******** ***** ** Mexico ****. ********* ** the *************** ********* ** ********** and *********(*****, *** *** ************ in *******), ********* ** criminal ******** ** **** Mexico **** *** *** adjacent ***** ** ****** remain **** ***** **** levels:

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************, ***** ***** ** some ***** ****** **. Sheinbaum’s **** ********* **** homicides *** **********, ***** that ********* *** ********* down **.*% **** * 2018 ****, ****** ****’* homicide **** ******* ** 17.9% **** **** *** 30.0% **** ****, *** last **** ****** ***** fewer **** *,*** ********* were ******** ** *** city ***.* *******:

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**** ********** ** *** York********* ***********. **** ****(********, *****), * ***** control ********** ****** ***** research ******** "*** ***** ********** ****** of **** ** ****** Places: * ********** ***** Analysis.," **** **** **** cameras ***** ** *** prevent ***** *** **** technological ***** **** ** be ******** **** ********* policy *** ********:

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Research *** ************ ***** **** ***** ************ ******* ***’* **** **** ** * *****-***** *******. However, video surveillance cameras can generate crime reductions when deployed alongside other evidence-based practices. Active camera monitoring practices, whereby police actively watch cameras and respond to incidents of concern in real-time, can also increase the effect of video surveillance systems. The ******** *** ******** ******* *** *** ** ************ ******* *** **** ********* **** *** **** ******** ** *** ******* **********. [emphasis added]

*********, ******* **'* ******** director **** **** **** while ***** ** ** doubt **** ***** ************ cameras *** ** "* very ********* ********** ************ in ******** ******** **********," technology ****** *** ** viewed ** * ***** bullet:

***********, ***** ** * perception **** *** ***** surveillance ******* ** *** work ******* ********* *** levels ** ********** ******** to ****...*** ******* ** and ** ********** *** not ***** ** **** to ***** *** ****** of ***********...****** *** ******* an ****** ******* ****** seems ** ** ****** irresponsible...Technology ***** **** *** ********* ********* ** ****** ** ******* *** ************ ** ***********, especially in a city like Mexico City. [emphasis added]

****** ******** ***** ***** in ****** ***** *** be * ****** ** video ************ ********* **** crime **** *** *******, as *** ************ ******* noted ** **:

*** ***** ****** ****** escorts ** ******* ******* [in ******* *************]. ****** have **** ******** **** have ***** **** ******** before.

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****** **** ****** * lens ******* ***** ** explore *** ******* ************ between ***** ************ *** overall *****, ********* *********.

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**** ****, ****** ************* continue ** ****** "*****" cities ** "****" ******? Are ****** "****" **, despite ***** ******** ** security *** ************ *******, the ***** *** ****** rate ***** *** ****? Could **** ***** ** better **** ** *******, hospitals, *** *****?

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***** *******! *** "******* will ****** *****" **** is ****** ******** ** with * ********** ** "How?"

***** ** **** **********, and ***** ** ******** gathering. **** ** ***** to ********** ... *** much ***** ********* *** reasonably ** ********? ***** criminal ** *** ****** expects ** ** ******** doing * **** ******* and *** **** ***** happen. ***** *** ********** some ********* *** ***** fear * ******. * don't *******, ******* **** these ********* **** **** call ** * *** and ** *** *** get * *** ;). They **** **** ***** ways ** ** *** crime ** *** *** crime **** *******. ** best ** **** ** different ***** ** ********* places.

** *** ********, ******* play * ******** **** in ** ************* ******* the ***** *** ******* happened ** ***** ** no ********* *****, * suppose, ****** ********* *** caught *** ****** ** or ************* ** **** the ***** ********.

***'* *** ** *****. I ********* ******* ** a ***** ***** *** have **** ** ** personal ********, *** ** have ********* ****** ********* (after *** *****). * think *** "***** *****" for ******* ****** ** a *** **** **** "Cameras ****** *****". * wish *** ***** **** cameras *** ******** **** to *** ***** ** catching *** ******* ***** which ** ********** ******** with *******.

***** **** ** **** the ****** ******* **** and ****** **** *** the ****** **** ** the ******* ** * per ****** *****. ********* the ****** **** *** too *** ** *** beginning ********* ** *** many **** *******.

**** * ***** ***

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**, *****.

** ********* ***** ***************, would *** ***** **** the ************* ***** ** better ** ***** ** the "***** ****" ***** and ** ***** ****** points? ** **** ** my ********** ******** **** this ****, * ******* that ****** **** *** used *** ******* ** track ******** ******** *** monitor ************* *********** **** as ********. *** ** course *** ******* *** great *** ****-**** ******* monitoring, ***** **** ***** things.

***** **** ** **** the ****** ******* **** and ****** **** *** the ****** **** ** the ******* ** * per ****** *****. ********* the ****** **** *** too *** ** *** beginning ********* ** *** many **** *******.

**** ** ********* ** can ********** **** ****.

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****** ** * **** different *****. *** ******* drug *** (***** ** responsible *** *** ****'* share ** *********) ** not ********* **** **** be ****** **** *** one ********, ***** ** all *******. *** ***** argue **** * ******* pesos ***** **** **** better ***** ** ******* reduction *** *** ******** of ****, ******** **** a ****** **** *** ten ***** *** ******* wage ** ** ***** dirty ****, **'* **** to ****** **** *** live ** * ****.

*** ***** ** *** cameras ****** **** ** absolutely ** ********. ***** any ***** ***** **** Mexico *** *** **** see **** ***** ***** railroad ********'* ****** *** gates *** ********** ***********. If ******* *** ********* enough ** ***** **** and ********** **** ******** life ****** *******, **** will **** ** *********** against ****** * ******.

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******, * *** ***** of**** ******** ******** *********** ** being ******** *** * was *** ***** ** the ******** *****.

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****'* ** *******. *** can *** **** *** over ******; ***** ** approaching * **** ********, automatic ******* ******* *** silent *** ***** *** up. *****.

(***** ****** ***** ** 14:18)

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****** *** *******. ****'* horribly ***** *** ********* that *'** ***** **** before ******** ** *** world, *** **** ** Russia ** ********** ** Kyrgyzstan.

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* **** **** ** Mexico **** *** **** this ******* ***** ****. Everyone ** ***** **** cameras ** ********** **** not **** ** ***** crime. *******, ****'* ****** much **** **** *** video ************ ************. **** prevents ***** ** * combination ** *** **** of ************ *** *** likelihood *** **** *** caught & **********.

**** ** **** * step ** * **** journey. * ***'* **** if ** **** ** successful, *** ** ********** is **** *** **** that ** ** ***** now ***** ** ** better. **** ******* **** time **** ****** ** be ****.

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******** ** ***** **** cameras ** ********** **** not **** ** ***** crime.

**** ******** ***** ** a *********** ** *** fear ** ************ *** the ********** *** **** get ****** & **********.

****** ************* ****** ******* as **** ** "**** city" *********?

**-*** ** ******* **** the ******* ****** ** ripped ***, *** ******'* it ** ****** ** manufacturers *** *********** ***** to *** "***** ****" line?

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"****" **** ** "*****" city ** **** ********* hairs ** ** *******. Cameras ** ***** ***** don't **** * **** Smart ** ****, **** like * ****** *** a *** *****'* ***** a *****. ********** ******* are **** ** *** solution, *** **** * part. ** ***** ******, process, ******* *** **** power ** **** * city ******** ********* **** what ** ********* **.

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* ***** "**** ****" is ***** ** ******** a ********* **** ** "Fever ******". ******* ** what ****'** ********** ***.

***** *** ** *** magic ****** **** **** solve **. *******, ******* reduction, *** ********, ********* carry, ********* ********, *** of ***** *** ********* proven ** ** ******** crime ********************* **** *** ************.*********** *** *** ** the ****** ** ***** is **********.

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** ***** **** **** cameras *** **** ****** than *** ******* ***** cam

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`**** ****, ****** ************* continue ** ****** "*****" cities ** "****" ******? Are ****** "****" **, despite ***** ******** ** security *** ************ *******, the ***** *** ****** rate ***** *** ****? Could **** ***** ** better **** ** *******, hospitals, *** *****?`

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******: *** **** *** been ******* ** ******* the ********* ***** **** CUNY ********* ********* **. Eric ****, * ***** control ********** ******:

**** ********** ** *** York********* ***********. **** ****(********, *****), * ***** control ********** ****** ***** research ******** "*** ***** ********** ****** of **** ** ****** Places: * ********** ***** Analysis.," **** **** **** cameras ***** ** *** prevent ***** *** **** technological ***** **** ** be ******** **** ********* policy *** ********:

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Research *** ************ ***** **** ***** ************ ******* ***’* **** **** ** * *****-***** *******. However, video surveillance cameras can generate crime reductions when deployed alongside other evidence-based practices. Active camera monitoring practices, whereby police actively watch cameras and respond to incidents of concern in real-time, can also increase the effect of video surveillance systems. The ******** *** ******** ******* *** *** ** ************ ******* *** **** ********* **** *** **** ******** ** *** ******* **********. [emphasis added]

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*** ** *** **** reasons ****** **** ***** rate ****'* ********** ******** is *** **** ** real-time ******** ********* ********* (a.k.a ***** *********).

*** *** ***** ******* are ***** ** ** useful ** ** ****** advanced ***** ********* ** going ** ** ******** behind.

*** **** ***** ****** viisights *** **** ******** by *** *** ******* city ** ******, ****. read ***** ** **** here:

**ó*, ****** ******* ********* to ******* ****** | viisights

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****, *** **** *** happened ** ***** *****?

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** ** **** ***** not ****** ****, *** me ** * ******.

** ***** ** **** spending **** ** ******** of ******** ** ************ infrastructure ******* * ********** for ********** *** **** in ****-**** ** ******* from ** **********. **** is *** ***** ****** 50,000-70,000 ****** ** ****** city ** ** *** if ********?

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* ****** *** ***** have **** **** ********’* short ****?

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**** ** *** ***** having **,***-**,*** ****** ** Mexico **** ** ** one ** ********?

******* * ***** ** into **** ****** ***** this ** * ******** post, *** *** ******* in ****** **** **** much *** ***** *******:

** ** ** ** CDMX

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*** *** ******* ** be ********* ** ****** City's*********** ******** ** ********* ** the ******* *******'* ** citywide ***** ************ ****** as **** ** * $69.5 ******* *** ($*.* million ***) ****** *** by*** ************ *** ******* Technologies *é**** *.*. ** C.V., ********* *** ****** *é**** ******.

***** **** *** *******, the **** ******** *** panic *******, ** ***** devices, *** ** ************ suits.

***** ***** *** *** report *** ***** ** the ******* ** ** installed ** *** ****. Int ************ **** **** are *** *** ***** to ******* ******* ******* about *** *******' ************ in * **** ***** with ****.

*** ************'* ****** ******** include ********, ****, *****, and *********, ********* ** its ********.

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