71.6 F
Mérida
Tuesday, January 18, 2022
###

Shoplifting tops extortion as a threat to businesses in Yucatán

Latest headlines

Bus full of construction workers catches fire in Mérida’s north

A bus went up in flames just before 8 this morning in Mérida’s Francisco de Montejo neighborhood.

Mérida’s new surveillance center now has eyes on over 6,700 cameras

Yucatán's government has opened a new remote surveillance center to oversee the state's thousands of active security cameras. 

600 acres expropriated in Quintana Roo for new Mayan Train route

Mexico has seized 198 lots of land in Quintana Roo along phase 5 of the Mayan Train's path.

Omicron strain now dominant in Yucatán

The Omicron variant of COVID-19 now appears to be the most common form of the virus in Yucatán.
Yucatán Magazine
Sign up to get our top headlines delivered to your inbox twice a week.

Photo: Getty


Literally, robo homiga translates to English “ant theft,” but it actually refers to something much bigger.

The term refers to shoplifting, which the federal statistics bureau says is a bigger threat to Yucatan’s businesses than extortion.

The local business chamber reported losses of more than 166 million pesos due to shoplifting last year.

So far this year, shoplifting losses totaled 70 million pesos, although they estimate that it could increase with holiday sales at the end of the year.

Last week, the local president of the National Chamber of the Transformation Industry (Canacintra), Juan Manuel Ponce Diaz, said that the private sector expects state and municipal authorities to help with strategies to address the problem.

Small stores and large stores are affected at the same rate, according to the federal statistics report.

Yucatecan companies paid a collective total of 31,000 pesos to combat shoplifters. In 2017, 2,243 incidents were reported.

Businesses in Yucatán said that illegal street vendors affect them as much as shoplifters.

Based on the National Survey of Business Victimization, an estimated 63 percent of businesses consider insecurity and crime as the problem that affects them most.  But in Yucatán, only 28.6 percent cited insecurity as their worst problem.

The fourth edition of the National Survey of Business Victimization generates information on the characteristics of crime, the context of victimization, the economic impact of crime on private sector economic units, and on perceptions and attitudes towards security.

The report provides statistical information that leads to public policy and informs the business sector.

Source: Punto Medio

- Advertisement -

Subscribe Now!

More articles

Mérida slated to build nearly 100 new highrise towers

Housing and business developments in Mérida have historically been fairly “close to the ground,” but that seems to be changing.

Yucatán’s COVID hospitalizations begin to creep up

Over 3,000 new coronavirus infections were reported this week in Yucatán. On Sunday alone, 652 new cases were detected, and that's likely...

‘Angels’ spreads its wings to the Yucatán Country Club gallery

The "Angels" exhibit has expanded into the exclusive Yucatán Country Club gallery, on view by appointment. Photo: Courtesy

Yucatán wakes up to a cold and windy ‘Mukul’

Mark Callum, a Mérida resident originally from England, helped this Chevy's owner move a huge branch behind the Paseo de Montejo...

Mérida Fest to go forward despite COVID-19 surge

The Ayuntamiento has confirmed that in-person events scheduled for Mérida Fest 2022 will continue as planned.

Building in Yucatán to get even more expensive in 2022

Over the past several years, construction costs in Yucatán have risen sharply and all signs point to even higher prices in 2022..

Yucatán’s top 8 street junk food favorites

Walking through virtually any city or town in Yucatán a wide range of food vendors can be seen peddling goodies out of push carts, mobile stands, food trucks, and just about every other configuration you can think of.

Mexico prepares to begin human trials of its Patria COVID-19 vaccine

Federal health authorities are calling on adult volunteers to take part in human trials for Mexico's Patria COVID-19 vaccine. 

Yucatán back to tougher restrictions as COVID continues to skyrocket

Yucatán state health department numbers show a dramatic change in coronavirus data. Yucatán recorded 459 new coronavirus...

The new Mayan Train director says the project is 7 months behind schedule

Javier May Rodríguez, the Mayan Train’s recently appointed director, says the rail project is seven months behind schedule.