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Rolly


Jan 10, 2010, 9:35 AM

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The head of the Lerdo health department has reported a noticeable decline in the number of registered sex workers. He says the tight money situation has driven these ladies to work for the maquiladoras. It's a sure sign of bad times when the ladies of the night give up their night jobs.

The police in Torreón report that few ladies of the night can be found on the streets at night because of their fear of the crime wave.

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Rolly


Jan 20, 2010, 1:16 PM

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 For some time there has been a problem around here with people stealing the wires to the street lamps. A while back Torreón started switching to plastic water meters because the brass ones were being stolen -- just cut out and taken to sell as scrap metal. Now the thieves have gotten even more brazen -- now they're stealing metal statues from the parks.

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Hound Dog

Jan 20, 2010, 1:36 PM

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We´ve lived in Ajijic on Lake Chapala for right at nine years and the situation there is unlike anything we have ever experienced in the past. Property crimes are at an unprecedented level. Just the other night $5,000USD worth of copper tubing was stolen at a local construction site and I am speaking of copper tubing in inventory and tubing already installed that was ripped out of partially constructed walls most destructively. Burglaries are commonplace and brazen armed assaults within homes are on the rise. Economic woes and lax law enforcement are conributors to this problem.

On the other hand, in Chiapas; the poorest state in the union, where we also live, vigilante justice by infomal neighborhood concerned homeowners has cut petty crime to a crawl. The creeps have moved down the street to places where neighbors are less vigilant. Bye-Bye!


esperanza

Jan 20, 2010, 2:07 PM

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Here in Morelia, thieves are stealing cast aluminum crosses and other metal figures from graves...

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gpkgto

Jan 20, 2010, 2:10 PM

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Here in the state of Guanajuato a big problem has arisen with people forcing trains to stop and then stealing whatever they can--often corn, but also lots of scrap metal. Sometimes the train "guards" are in on it. Times are hard.


morgaine7


Jan 20, 2010, 5:21 PM

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A while back Torreón started switching to plastic water meters because the brass ones were being stolen -- just cut out and taken to sell as scrap metal.

Same deal here in La Paz, and they also go for the copper tubing that connects to the meters. Now the city is replacing the pipes with PVC and, instead of replacing the meters, simply putting homeowners on a fixed rate plan. This has happened to four of my immediate neighbors, including one who had her meter inside a wrought iron cage.

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Manuel Dexterity

Jan 22, 2010, 6:43 PM

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NOB isn't immune from the copper thieves either.

http://www.wxii12.com/...22286581/detail.html


Reefhound


Jan 22, 2010, 8:53 PM

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Of course not. Criminals know no boundaries. You can find lots of examples of theft at this site.

Many cities have been passing laws to curb theft by requiring recyclers to id and register customers who bring stuff in for recycling, requiring them to validate legal ownership, or in some cases restricting who can bring in what.


arbon

Jan 23, 2010, 7:17 AM

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Metal thieves have even put a radio station off the air for several hours, in the middle of the day.
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wendy devlin

Jan 23, 2010, 2:01 PM

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This weekend in the local small town paper, here in south-coastal B.C. there's a report that thieves broke into into an unoccupied hotel in the center of town. The hotel went bankrupt about eight years ago and sits, boarded up, ever since.

Thieves made off with an estimated $30,000 of copper pipe and wire.

The hotel is located about two blocks from the police(RCMP) detachment.
 
 
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