With armor, microchips, Mexicans gird for `days of terror’

Miami Herald, 2/6/2009

Mexico’s widespread drug-related crimes and soaring kidnapping rate have severely eroded citizens’ trust in the government’s capacity to deal with the country’s growing violence.

The country is currently classified by international groups as the riskiest Latin American country for kidnappings. Things have gotten so bad that some are asking Mexican lawmakers to consider reinstating the death penalty.

In an effort to keep safe, many citizens who can afford it have invested an estimated $18 billion in private security measures, according to a 2008 report from the Center for Economic Studies.

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