World's Most Violent City - Neighborhood Security

By: Carlton Purvis, Published on Mar 10, 2014

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.

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Alarms *** ****** *******“Rodolfo” lives in his family home in Juarez, but works in another city. His house has been burglarized three times. The first time was during the day when no one was home. The other three times, armed men led his mother outside while other men rummaged through the house.

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Comments (3)

With the capture of 'El Chapo' Guzman, does this city make a comeback and step out of this stranghold?

I doubt it. The cartels are pretty structured. It will have about the same impact of Fortune 500 president going to jail. Some things will change, but the company is pretty established.

There is a vacuum of leadership. Even if you get rid of the bad guys, the people who are supposed to be good guys are usually working for the bad guys as well.

I did a surveillance project for several hotels in Acapulco - spent about two weeks there on expense account with a nice per diem, which didn't suck. I was sharing a 5th floor suite with one of my coworkers. He was out on the patio for a morning cigarette, when I hear "Hal, Hal, come here". I go out on the patio and look down at the alley behind the hotel, leading toward a huge mansion on the beach. There's are two guys sitting on lawn chairs with AKs, and one guy milling around with a tacti-cool shotgun.

I ran into the owner of the hotel at breakfast, and asked him if they were guards for the bank next to the hotel. "No, they are gang members who guard the District Attorney. There are two major gangs in Acapulco. One of them never goes to jail." I saw a black Mercedes leaving the house later that day, followed by a pickup truck with 6 or 8 guys in the back, all of them with AKs or tactical shotguns, dressed in normal street clothes.

It's the same story all over the world. If you see starvation or high crime or any of these other issues, the governement is always corrupt. Always.

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