It had to happen in a town of 500,000 with SOME desperados roaming about, and then you mix in a boat load of tourists. I was out of town for the Dec. 11th. cruise ship, but as soon as I got home I heard that a passenger was robbed. I am still short a few details, but one of my 'Blue Shirt' volunteers actually spoke with the guy. He was walking along with an expensive camera, looking like a tourist, with an open necked shirt and a big GOLD CHAIN around his neck! Not too surprisingly, a couple low life's saw and easy mark (They were cruising around on a small motor cycle) and one jumped off and grabbed his gold chain. (Why do people beg to be robbed like this?) Then the dufass jumped back on the cycle and they affected their 'escape'. Just not for long. One thing I don't know is HOW the police got on this so quickly, but the crime lords made it about 3 blocks when they were rammed by a police truck!
There were some great photos in the local papers of one Dumb A** on his belly in cuffs, and the other being attended to by the Red Cross with leg injuries. (It seems cycle vs. Police Truck is bad for the cycle!) So both are in jail. The Secretary of Tourism Dr. Francisco Cordova was right on the scene as soon as he found out, and he was able to return the mans gold chain to him within a few moments of the assault.
So Mazatlan is not immune, but the response was pretty amazing. As has been noted, the city, state, and federal governments take this VERY seriously. In addition to all the other patrols the Tourist Police have a dozen men patrolling the tourist corridors on bicycles. So I have to say.....Congratulations Mazatlan! Well done.