Posts Tagged ‘Security’

Living under siege

Wednesday, November 11th, 2015

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Guatemala suffers some of the highest crime rates on the region. This has caused a constant hysteria and business have taken extreme security measures, and in my opinion a lot of them just ridiculous.
This chain of gas stations often have security personnel at the entrance and exists. A lot of them have this barricades that only come down when comfirmation is given to the security personnel that kne is ok to exit.
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Tight Security

Friday, June 13th, 2014

Security measures are very tight here in Guatemala.
Most (all?) formal business usually have armed personnel guarding their entrance; you’ll see them everywhere.
Security measures are so strict, even at your local supermarket you’ll have four watchtowers, one at every corner, keeping an eye over the parking lot.
Yes! Your groceries are safe here in Guatemala!

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Supermarket’s watchtower

City of Paranoia

Monday, April 21st, 2014

A few months back I went to some Real Estate offices at one of the most affluent areas of this city of ours, at the security checkpoint one has to surrender one’s National ID and you are given a card that grants you access only to the elavator to that specific office.
A few weeks ago I joined a gym and to enter the installations you have to be fingerprinted and you have to enter a unique numeric code.
Come on! This is a gym, not a WMD facility…

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Neighbors Organized Against Crime

Wednesday, November 16th, 2011

In Guatemala, for several years, residents of many colonies have been organized to take care for the population’s security  due to the limited effectiveness and the absence of police.

The most recent case has come to Panajachel, one of the most important tourist attractions in Guatemala, has had unintended consequences, abuse of power in the communities by the neighbors.

There are also sectors reporting positive results and Luna told us about one of them. In Quetzaltenango is common to find these signs to warn local and foreign that security is at their own.

For you

Saturday, May 28th, 2011

One of the first things you will notice when you are visiting Guatemala is the quantity of people that can be found in the streets with guns. Probably the same population doesn’t even notice things like this anymore.

The fact is that society ask for it. The people actually feels safe with armed officers, the more, the better.


Una de las primeras cosas que notará cuando esté de visita en Guatemala es la cantidad de personas que se puede encontrar en las calles con armas de fuego. Probablemente la misma población ya no se da cuenta.

El hecho es que la sociedad lo pide. La gente realmente se siente segura con oficiales armados, cuantos más, mejor.