Quito Ecuador: Mariscal, assault, property crimes up 32% in 2012

Posted on August 26, 2012 • Filed under: Crime, Ecuador, TRAVEL

This 2012, crimes against persons and property rose 32% in La Mariscal. From January to July 1346 was reported, compared to 995 in the same period of 2011, says the CSOM. Violent deaths this year increased by 75% in the sector of four events between January and July 2011 to seven in the same period of 2012. “It goes beyond the number of people attending La Mariscal” says Montenegro. Until the pink zone reaches a floating population (those who come for fun, work or business) of 120 000 people a day and the weekend this figure rises to 160,000. Sandy P. question that the presence of uniformed decrease at dawn. “After midnight, this is no man’s land,” he says. The Major Julio Navarrete, head of operations of the Surveillance Unit La Mariscal, says ‘The Zone’ “is well taken care of” in relation to staffing shortages facing the national police. His unit has 167 soldiers, 60 of them operating in the streets. Read Article

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