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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. This is not to say there are areas of Mexico that, if possible, should be avoided and common sense safety procedures that should be followed. Nowadays, there are forces addressing the issues from both sides of the border. Both Mexican federal police and military carryout 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. 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 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.
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