Saturday, September 20, 2008

Viva Vecinos Vigilantes!

The whistle brigade was put to the test and passed! A short while ago Hubby jumped up from the couch and ran outside, he heard the whistles before I did. I didn't know what was going on until I heard a symphony of referee whistles. I grabbed our whistle and started blowing and could hear the neighbours calling the police. People were running, cars were peeling down the street , whistles were screeching and the chase was on.

A neighbour had seen a young man in a blue shirt and orange cap attempting to break into an apartment three buildings down from ours. The vigilant neighbour started the whistles going and the young man started to run while the neighbourhood came out in force. The police actually arrived about ten minutes later (AMAZING).

While the young man was not caught (yet, they are still looking), he was foiled and scared. The apartment and its belongings were protected and no one was hurt

And that my friends, is what Vecinos Vigilantes (the Mexican Neighbourhood Watch) is all about, keeping the bad guys out of our homes and out of our neighbourhood. There were at least fifteen or twenty people outside, watching out for each other and looking for the bad guy. Four or five people got in their cars to cruise the area looking for blue shirt/orange cap. That is very, very encouraging. While I am not happy that there was an attempt so close to home and so early in the evening, I am thrilled by the response. Gracias vecinos, Cancunenses unidos! (Thanks neighbours, Cancunenses united!)


Frankly Ronda said...

Congrats - this is awesome. It is nice to be able to contribute in such a direct way to your community.

3LittleFlowers said...

Im really sorry about the incident, but very happy that vecinos vigilantes is working and that the neighbors are really looking out for each other!!!

Fned said...


I can't tell you how incredibly happy I am that such an initiative worked in México!

But I guess you understand where I'm coming from. :D

Great work Canucka!!

Heather said...

Yeah yeah yeah 3 cheers for the whistle brigade!!!
Love it!

Susan Lechuga said...

So glad it worked. I hope they never return.

Islagringo said...

This is just so amazing. You need to contact Por Esto or some news station to do an interview about your whistle brigade and get the word out there that it works! If more neighborhoods participated it would be even safer there.

I could never organize something like this in my neighborhood because I highly suspect them of being involved in the break ins to my home.

Theresa in Mèrida said...

That rocks! and everyone got to see that it works so other people who were skeptical will now be more willing to participate.
I didn't think it would work, I am glad that I was wrong.

Anonymous said...

That is good to hear. If more people would get involved like you and your neighbors there would be a lot less theft.
I agree with Wayne that this would make a good newspaper article.

BBmama said...

YEA!!!!!!!!! You go with your whistles....sounds like something my neighborhood needs these days.

K.W. Michigan said...

I agree with Wayne .. get the word out that your "hood" is sticking together. Congrats to all!!

Islaholic Trixie said...

I agree with Wayne too!! So glad to hear that everyone is safe and nothing was taken!

Brice said...

Great news!

CancunCanuck said...

Hi all,
Lazy reply to everyone, thanks for the congrats, we are really pleased that it worked this time. Luckily it was early evening and there were people still awake, we'll see what happens en la "madrugada" (middle of the night).

In terms of contacting the press, I forgot to mention that our hood was already in the paper for filing official complaints with the city about the amount of graffiti! Other areas of the city are starting to get together and take things into their own hands too, though some of them are going a bit too far in the "vigilante" side of things. A group of people in one of the poorer regions caught a man entering a woman's home. They tied him up and beat him up while waiting almost two hours for the police to arrive. I'm all for taking care of business, but fighting violence with more violence is not the answer in my opinion.

Gary Denness said...

At last....a Happy Crime Story from Mexico!

There's nothing like some real success to motivate the 'troops'. Well done!

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