Leon, Guanajuato.- For merchants on 5 de Febrero Street in the center having to live in fear of having their goods taken away and the sales generated in their businesses, where attacks are frequent and monitoring by the municipal police is nil.
An employee of the Gaticos Leon AC Hostel store on the same street was attacked inside the business where she had been working for a month and a half; The gun-armed thief stole her cell phone and money.
It was about 5:10 in the afternoon, usually the manager (the cat that lives in the store) likes to sunbathe in the window here around four o’clock and when there’s no more sun I close the curtains and it One happened while they closed it.
I was arranging the books because about half an hour ago some customers came, at that moment I heard someone coming but I thought it was a customer and when I turned the person was already inside the store and he Told me to give him my wallet, cell phone and whatever else I had on,” Angie said.
The girl said that she did not hesitate to give her belongings to the thief, but it is a matter of regret that now this store made to help the shelter has also become a victim of insecurity.
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The man was not covering his face, he was wearing a green shirt and cap, he did not threaten me as such, but he had a gun because I heard how he loaded the cartridges and put them back. It’s not worth exposing yourself to material things or exposing the manager… what matters most is that he was okay and they didn’t take money out of the box,” Angie said.
For now keeping the door always closed is the only precaution the youth worker can take.
“I think it won’t be difficult for them to open it, but it’s better to open and close. The police didn’t come or anything and sometimes a policeman comes to sign a sheet that he patrols but I don’t I’m leaving.” Sign anything anymore,” he said.
Through its social networks, Gaticos AC informed that it will take action on the matter by filing a complaint and will upgrade the possibility of installing cameras.
others close early
In the section of 5 de Febrero Street which includes several streets such as Emiliano Zapata, Pino Suárez, Ignacio Altamirano, Motolinia and Manuel Doblado, there are many businesses including opticians, importers, schools, cafeterias, parking lots, bakeries, markets and taquerias, Some assure that they prefer to close early due to insecurity.
They skip this street a lot because they think it’s lonely, they focus more on Madero where there are bars and more surveillance, but the police sometimes pass through here and arrive after something has happened .
The insecurity here is very bad, very deserted streets in the center like Pedro Moreno, but I’ve lived here for over 20 years and thank god I’ve only been robbed once. Right now I close at six in the evening because at five it gets lonely, although there are businesses that close by eight but I don’t take any chances,” said a neighbour, who owns a market .
Another businessman owns a stationery shop and bags and bags business, leaving neighbors and businesses with no option but to live in fear as they assured that safety is not guaranteed.
“We don’t have security, it doesn’t exist, we just have to live in fear and adapt. We close at five in the afternoon, but even the covers and sometimes the electricity meters are stolen. Let’s go
This street is not like Madero where many people spend most of the day and part of the night. Here the police go to the businesses they care about to sign a sheet, but they just go to get the signature and that’s it, but for one to see that there is surveillance, no,” he criticized .
The traders demanded security and vigilance from the municipal officials on this road, which they condemned for being neglected.