November 29,2013 Justice officials explains legal system to expats www.theguadalajarareporter.com
Bodies found in Zapopan -December 7 2013 Search ends with body count at 17! www.informador.com.mx
Bodies found in LaBarca - November 30 2013 Search ends with body count at 67! www.informador.com.mx
(in a straight line LaBarca is 46 miles from Ajijic. By road, about 53 to 58 miles)
December 6, 2013 At least 200 people have been presented at the delegation of the Attorney General's Office (PGR) in Jalisco and Michoacan to undergo genetic tests that allow them to identify any of the 67 bodies were found in November in the town of La Barca , staff reported that federal agency. www.milenio.com
November 21, 2013 from Chapala.com http://www.chapala.com/webboard/index.php?showtopic=47653
Some of the young men in our barrio often come to our house trying to sell items...lately this is a quick list of stuff that has been presented...
November 18, 2013 - Petty Crime is happening. Here are some examples sent in by a local expat -
1 - I had a full tank of gas. Was out doing errands. And I noticed my tank said almost empty. Went to the gas station to get gas, pulled the release for the gas door and it wouldn't open. The attendant had to use his key to pry it open. I went to my mechanic to see what was wrong and he said someone pried your gas tank door open (and they syphoned off most of the gas). Mechanic fixed my bent gas door and sold me a locking screw on gas cap.
2 - Friends in SJC got up in the morning, they live on the lake in SJC. At the end of the yard where the lake meets the yard they had a long row of huge crown of thorns plants. All the plants had the branched cut off, main plant still there but branches gone and one in a pot broken. This was done at night while they were sleeping. You can root crown of thorn from the cuttings and there are many shops in town that sell them.
3- A friend brought her feria artists to her home in SJC and unloaded the car. Parked the car out front due to gardeners mess in the cochera. In the hurry forgot to lock the car. In the morning when she went to take her guests to the feria her car wouldn't start. She called a cab to get them there. As she was leaving she noticed the hood wasn't shut all the way and when she looked in the battery was gone. Also the car had been rifled and there was a knife found in the car that wasn't hers.
Plus here is one more on the webboard Nov 18 - 2 weeks ago, we had our Garmin stolen out of the glove box at the Monday Market. My wife had forgotten to lock the van and it seems likely that one of the parking guys took it.
October 15, 2013 - Extortion in Mexico - Periodically,some at Lakeside receive extortion calls - Mexican and sometimes an expat. Interesting article plus other mexico news - worth a read: www.strategypage.com
September 24,2013 US goes after Guadalajara Cartel - The U.S. Department of the Treasury today announced the designation of six companies and five individuals linked to the Mexican drug trafficking organization Los Gueros. Based in Guadalajara, Mexico.... to read more - www.borderlandbeat.com
September 20, 2013 In an unprecedented, the Directorate for Fire and Civil Protection Chapala declared unable to meet emergency services in the town, due to the poor condition is most units. Article in Spanish: www.paginaquesiselee.com.mx
September 17,2013 - A woman arrested late last year in Oakwood for stealing wallets across Hall and Gwinnett counties is now believed to be in Mexico, where she is said to be continuing her criminal activities as well as house sitting at the Raquet Club
Update September 18, 2013 - a person has advised that she now has red hair and glasses and was seen attending a large charity meeting Operation Feed in San Juan Cosala and was housesitting at the Raquet Club. Apparently she has left her housesitting job and was last seen in Ajijic. Hair may be worn pulled back (red) If you had any interaction with her, check your bank accounts. The contact to report information in the states is
September 11, 2013 Drawn by an intense stench of death, a pair of local field hands discovered the badly decomposed body of a man while they were cutting down brush on the hillside above the Chapala-Ajijic Libramiento www.theguadalajarareporter.com
August 26, 2013 Three people were found dead in the vicinity of "El Chante" Monday morning in black bags on the side of the road. elgratuito.com.mx (article in Spanish)
www.jalisco.milenio.com Also - in the Informador, an article about this includes many complaints such as: Before the discovery of the two men were found executed in San Juan Cosalá Jocotepec Township , neighbors complained about the lack of security provided by the Municipal Public Security.Article in Spanish: www.informador.com.mx
July 29, 2013 - Beware of blockages on road Mexico-Morelia (Mexico - Guadalajara) highway- and risk of taking alternate roads - http://www.borderlandbeat.com/2013/07/vice-admiral-killed-in-michoacan-ambush.html
July 26, 2013 - Letter to the editor of Pagina complains about robberies and vandlismis Riberas letter in spanish www.paginaquesiselee.com.mx
July 15, 2013 - Person shot in Chapala midnight by persons unknown. Article in Spanish: www.paginaquesiselee.com.mx
July 13, 2013 - We have volunteered to keep the Lake Chapala Crime website operational - please encourage members of the community to report crimes - as the website isn't worth much without that information - Mitch
July 12, 2012 Lenghty Travel Warning for Mexico - Here is the Jalisco part: Jalisco: Guadalajara, Puerto Vallarta, and Lake Chapala are major cities/travel destinations in Jalisco-: You should defer non-essential travel to areas of the state that borders the state of Michoacán. The security situation along the Michoacán and Zacatecas borders continues to be unstable and gun battles between criminal groups and authorities occur. Concerns include roadblocks placed by individuals posing as police or military personnel and recent gun battles between rival TCOs involving automatic weapons. You should exercise caution in rural areas and when using secondary highways, particularly along the northern border of the state. Except for the areas of the state that border Michoacan, there is no advisory in effect for daytime travel within major population centers or major highways in the state of Jalisco. Intercity travel at night is not recommended. There is no recommendation against travel to Guadalajara and Puerto Vallarta. There is also no recommendation against travel on principal highways in Jalisco between Guadalajara including the portions that cross in to the southern portions of the state of Nayarit.
July 4, 2013 Guadalajara Teens Killed After Bullying Nephew of Nacho Corone lTwo teenagers of 15 years of age were murdered after making fun of the son o a drug trafficker capo. The General Attorney of the State, Luis Carlos Nájera, indicated yesterday that such version was given by a 17 year old teenager that was arrested, out of the record it was identified as Isaac, who is implicated in the disappearance of the minors, two weeks ago.
On June 21st, the teenagers, Luis Antonio Ortiz and Andrés Barba, had arranged to meet at a mall. From there, they were taken to a forest, where they were suffocated, according to the Attorney.
The teen which we have arrested tells us that the two teenagers mistreated and bullied the son of José Ángel Carrasco Coronel, known as “El Changel”, who had been previously arrested in Mexico City. They were classmates of this young man”, explains Nájera.
“El Changel” is nephew of Ignacio “Nacho” Coronel, chief of drug trafficking that was killed on July of 2010 in Zapopan.
State and federal sources revealed that after the death of the capo, Carrasco Coronel controlled the criminal group “La Corona”, formed with loyal people of “Nacho” Coronel. “El Changel” was arrested in January of 2013.
February 11, 2013 From www.lapoliticaeslapolitica.com Jalisco police put out alert on phone extortions for communities south of Chapala: Given a recent increase in phone extortions, the South Regional Delegation of the Attorney General of the State of Jalisco (Delegación Regional Sur de la Procuraduría General de Justicia del Estado de Jalisco) has put out a new warning to the public for communities to the south and west of Chapala.
Active areas, according to authorities, are Ciudad Guzmán, Sayula, Zacoalco de Torres, Zapotiltic (directly outside of Ciudad Guzmán), Tapalpa (south west of Chapala), among others in southern Jalisco. The ruse involves cold calls to people telling them that family members have been kidnapped, and then an attempt to extort money for their “release”. It is an old trick, but carries weight in Mexico, which has the highest kidnapping rate in the world.
Authorities advise that the easiest way to avoid the problem is simply not to answer calls from unknown numbers. If a call is received, remain calm, hang up, and report the matter to the authorities. Showing any sign that you are being swayed by the trick could only lead to more harassment.
Specific recommendations offered by the authorities are:
It appears that we have a rash of breakins, where entry has been gained by pushing open garage doors - in the Ajijic and La Floresta area. So garage door openers are great convenience items - BUT - best to padlock the garage doors or lock some other way - as without a lock, some are easy to force open.
From Chapala.com, Anthonio Leal has installed some preventative measures such as metal welded to to the bottom of one of the doors so that they cannot be pried apart and an automatic lock on another person's garage doors. He is also on John's list of recommended contractors.
GARAGE DOOR SERVICE ANTONIO LEAL (Speaks English) - Guarantees Work Tel: 766 4973 Cell ph: 045 333 157 6536
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November 23,2013 Break in Upper La Floresta
November 26, 2013 Break in Ajijic
November 22, 2013 Break in Ajijic
November 20, 2013 Break in Chapala Haciendas #2
November 16, 2013 Attempted Break in Lower La Floresta
November 15, 2013 Break in West Ajijic
What Else is Happening?
July 17, 2013 Avoid gassing up in Tlajomulco & Ixtlahuacan at The 7-11s and mini marts between Guadalajara airport and Chapala. A person (who is a trusted source) reports that there are people who prey on those stopping to get gas or snacks on the road to Chapala, some have only had their window smashed and wallets and computers stolen and others have been forced into the bathroom at gunpoint and had their vehicles stolen.
Gas up in Guadalajara or in Chapala and don't stop in between. If you do stop, be alert!
July 7th sunday 6:50-7:15pm, ajijic central, guadaloup victoria- 1/2 block east of encarnacion rosas. i was walking in the street beside the parked cars, a small white pickup truck speeded past me about 80 miles per hour. i was just about to get to the sidewalk, when the truck went into reverse. to my shock it almost missed me by 18 inches. i screamed & ran between 2 parked cars. the girls in back of the truck screamed. driver cut a sharp turn, continued speeding towards the lake, driving backwards. it was a matter of seconds that i could have been killed. comments: dont walk in the street, no matter how quiet & traffic free it appears.
Feb 15 2013 - Man assasinated and daughter shot - taco stand in Ajijic - www.theguadalajarareporter.com
Feb 2013- Chapala Libramento - Kidnapping and escape of owner of tire store www.theguadalajarareporter.com
Extortion Calls? Back in the news again Read More
ATM Fraud happens at Lakeside - We suggest you only use the machines that are physically in a bank. Read More
What if your car was stolen? What would YOU do?
What is in your car? Hiding a wallet under the seat doesn't always work.
I am from CFE (or TelMex) - please let me check out your house! Opps - no identification:
What's a Mustard Bandit? If you don't know, you could find out much too quickly.
Flat Tire? Of course I can help - after all, I made it go flat
If you don't report it, others will think it never happened!
If you, expat or Mexican, have been a victim of a crime in the Lake Chapala area; or if you are a friend or neighbor of a victim, please let us know what happened so that we can publish the information so that others know what is occurring. This does not take the place of reporting the crime to Mexican Authorities - which we hope you will do.
What if someone tries to break into your house - and destroys your gate or breaks a window - but doesn't succeed. Do you consider that crime? We do. Would you report it to the police? Would the Ministerio Publico allow you to file a Denuncia? The answer in both cases is probably no unless you actually saw the person/s. Would your neighbors or Fracc want to know? The answer is probably yes. They would prefer that you not keep the problem a secret so that they can be more alert.
The police are here to catch people in the act of commiting crimes. At this time, the information they publish is the number of arrests they have made - which is different from the number of crimes reported to them; and they do not categorize by type of crime committed - for example: was the perp arrested because he was drunk or because he killed someone; nor do they care about the nationality of the victim or perp. All that information stays anonymous. The requirement to publish that type of information does not exist at that level.
This website tries to fill the gap - by providing detailed information about what crimes are being committed at Lakeside. Because the website is in English, the audience is expats - but this does not exclude Mexicans from reporting also - a crime at Lakeside is a crime at Lakeside. The one exception is Narco Violence - that is not within our scope and is usually well reported elsewhere.
The only way we can get that information is if you or a knowledgeable neighbor or friend reports the crime - be it an attempted breakin or the theft of personal property from your vehicle. A criminal act is a criminal act - and one for which you should be able to file a denunica.
We recognize that when you are a victim of a crime, it is traumatic. And we thank you for taking the time to send us a report so that others may be more watchful.
Also, if you would like to contribute information about crime reporting or prevention - please contact us at info@LakeChapalaCrime.com .
We also recommend that you report the crime to Mexican authorities.