This week officials in Cartagena are on alert for the capital could enter an embarrassing list of the world’s 50 most dangerous cities, thanks to a wave of murders that already leaves 330 dead, at least 200 of them in the form of hit men.
This concern was expressed this Tuesday by Mayor William Dow during an advance security council at the Central Command of the Metropolitan Police in Manga in the presence of Defense Minister Iván Velasquez and General Henry Sanabria, Director of the National Police.
“In the Security Council I said that If Cartagena continues like this (referring to the state of crime) then it could enter that level, but the truth is that I see it quite far from that list. Most of the cities are in Mexico, Venezuela and even the United States,” said Dau.
The level the president is talking about is close to the capital of Bolivar, because Last on this list of dangerous cities is Guayaquil (Ecuador) with a rate of 30.01 homicides per 100,000 inhabitants. Today Cartagena has a murder rate of 29.04 per 100,000 inhabitants.
General Sanabria himself indicated that the number of murders recorded this year in 2022 is 73.3 percent higher than in 2021. This wave of killings follows a feud between drug trafficking and micro-trafficking gangs to control the illegal economies.
“500 policemen who are looking for major criminals are going to stay in Cartagena, which raises the issue of homicide in the midst of the confrontation. On the other hand, The activities of the National Police in the priority sector will be strengthened; and the creation of the Metropolitan Police’s gaula, against extortionThat is, the Metropolitan Police of Cartagena will be placed with the entire scaffolding in criminal investigation and intelligence and to this will be added the Gaula Mecar, ”he announced.
For his part, Minister Velasquez indicated that he “must review”How can public force control actions be generated to subdue these organizations that cause so much violence in the city?, We have defined that one of the ways to spread drug trafficking has to do with the trafficking activity as a way to launder the large profits obtained by these organizations,” said the representative of the national government.