A ‘Return to Peace’ in Playa del Carmen

New Policing Strategy for Playa del Carmen
PlayadelCarmen.org New Policing Strategy for Playa del Carmen

There’s a new sheriff in town!  Well…kind of.

There’s a new municipal president (mayor),  Laura Beristain, in Playa del Carmen and the goal is a return to peace.

In a Nutshell:   Things are changing in Solidaridad, one of the eleven municipalities in the Mexican state of Quintana Roo.  The municipal seat is the town of Playa del Carmen and the new mayor is mandating new policing strategies. These new strategies include police bases at strategic points where there was an increase in crime so they can reduce response time. This also includes areas that had little or no police patrol before.  And, three unused tourist police stations have been revitalized.

In addition, the police are working to strengthen ties with the community by using pedestrian and motorized patrols in urban and tourist areas to reduce crimes.  They’re also working with local businesses, creating action plans, and a surveillance plan.

There will be no truce to fight crime. It will be a head-on fight” according to Commander Martín Estrada Sánchez from Public Safety and Transit.

With that said…
We’ve seen the advisories and reports and the inaccuracies in some of the news of previously reported crimes that failed to clarify that they were not in the tourist areas, including Playa del Carmen, for example. This is a positive for the entire municipality and its citizens, as any effort to reduce crime and response time helps tourism, however, just like anywhere else in the world, everyone needs to use common sense about their surroundings.

Did you know?

  • Solidaridad is home to one of the largest tourist attractions, the Maya archaeological site of Xcaret.
  • Playa del Carmen is in the Riviera Maya.
  • The Riviera Maya is also called the Mayan Riviera. It runs from just south of Cancun, until Tulum, and the entrance of the Sian Ka’an Biosphere.

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