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Security in Mexico is typically of great interest and concern for companies considering manufacturing in Mexico. Media outlets from around the world anxiously await the next gruesome story related to the drug war in Mexico to help attract readers to their publications. As a result, the perception of Mexico’s overall security is distorted, especially within the Mexico manufacturing sector and in the areas located directly on the southern border of the United States. This is not to say there are areas of Mexico that, if possible, should be avoided and common sense safety procedures should be followed. Nowadays, there are security forces addressing the border security issues from both sides of the border. Both Mexican federal police and military carry out random checks on freight and vehicles coming into Mexico as well as random security check points in many Mexican cities. This shows the Mexican governments dedication to eliminating drug cartel, violence and kidnapping which has already been effective in reducing the crime.
The Mexico manufacturing sector has enjoyed a long history of safely operating throughout Mexico with relatively few acts of violence against domestic and foreign employees. Companies that are manufacturing in Mexico, or considering manufacturing in Mexico, should understand and implement sound security measures to ensure the safety of their foreign and domestic staff. The first rule of thumb in Mexico, and for any large, industrial area for that matter, is to try and attract as little attention as possible to yourself and your company. Experts in Mexico security suggest wearing plain clothes, little to no jewelry and use transportation that does not draw attention. It should also be noted that while traveling to other countries for business, human rights and privileges differ in the various countries. This is why it’s important to practice common sense while traveling to other countries and follow the laws set in place by the government. This holds true to ensure maximum security in Mexico.
More commonly, companies expanding their manufacturing into Mexico are moving into gated industrial parks with 24/7 security provided by the park. In addition to the security found in industrial parks, many companies will also outsource private security for their facility. In particular, a concern for many of our clients moving manufacturing to Tijuana specifically is around Tijuana’s drug trafficking and human trafficking criminal activities as portrayed by many media outlets. However, Tijuana is generally safe, especially in the business districts and parks. Of course, as with any city, there are security challenges in crime ridden areas and neighborhoods which are easy to avoid. People who are unfamiliar with their surroundings should use private, local transportation in Mexico to avoid getting lost.
Prevention is NAPS’ key focus. We keep our clients informed on a regular basis about Mexico security tips and safety updates through our client newsletter, The NAPS Observer. NAPS’ security services in Mexico ensure safety and security with all clients traveling to Mexico from the U.S. border. Additionally, our Mexico import and export teams ensure that all goods coming into Mexico and leaving Mexico are meeting the highest standard.
NAPS also works closely with 24/7 Security Group, a company founded to support the maquiladora industry, offering facility security and consulting services throughout the country. For more information about how NAPS can help you grow your business by moving manufacturing to Mexico, contact us today.
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