Juarez, known for being one of the deadliest cities in the world saw murder rates as high as 10 a day in 2010. More than 450 people were killed last year. [link no longer available] The city is known for both it’s corrupt police and cartel activity. It’s a city where resident say rule of law is ineffective and whoever holds the most firepower is in control on any given day.
However, a growing body of research shows “that when states are unable or unwilling to provide security, local self-defense groups may be an imperfect but effective alternative. These forces are much cheaper and faster to assemble than formal police and army units, and they can quickly muster large numbers of men to secure isolated communities,” Foreign Affairs reported last year. Without government support neighborhoods have come up with DIY security.
We talked to a contact in Juarez about what neighborhood security looks now in Juarez and how citizens are securing their homes.