The fear of being the victim of a robbery in the Matta Sur neighborhood, in the center of Santiago, has led drivers to take a series of measures to protect their vehicles, which are in some cases unusual.
From cars chained to trees, caged rearview mirrors and the well-known steering wheel locks and wheel locks are just part of the work done by the residents of San Isidro Street.
Stealing continues in the sector
As interesting as some of the measures are, they don’t seem far-fetched considering how common burglaries are in the area.
Nurcia Riquelme, a neighbor in Barrio Matea, indicated that she had “seen the theft of many car mirrors. One over there, ours, around here they robbed almost all of them.”
According to their version, the thieves were riding bicycles. “My son-in-law followed them in the car and they found them. They were carrying 20 vials in a bag.”
“Cars have been stolen here, looting has happened, people have been killed,” he said.
“The situation has worsened”
In a conversation with Mucho Gusto, Jorge, also a resident of the place, assures that “the situation has worsened” and that they must live “with great caution, great fear, great insecurity”.
As an example, he indicated that “You can’t leave the houses alone. My daughter is in Valparaíso, I can’t visit, because my house can be moved around the corner.”
Viviana, on the other hand, confirms that the area is very abandoned. “My mother was one of the people who put up a booth, because there were frequent robberies. People entered the companies, they entered through the roof.”
What does the municipality of Santiago say?
Kevin Díaz, Director of Prevention and Security of the Santiago Municipality, explained that in the coming months “we will be able to install new surveillance cameras in these nearby locations and, in addition, other types of projects in terms of situational security. ”
“We know the concerns of the neighbors and that is why we will increase patrols, especially at a time when we have focused on carabineros to improve preventive strategies,” he said.