Moving to Lake Chapala:What About Banditos? – Part 6

February 16, 2013

Moving to Lake Chapala- Part 6 – What About Banditos?
Okay, I know that you’re concerned about safety while you’re driving.
You hear a lot about the narco traffickers and how they sometimes put up roadblocks and that kind of thing. The route that you will travel from most of the places you would cross, like from Laredo Texas, which is the one I’m most familiar with, very rarely has any trouble of this sort.
I’ve made his trip numerous time from 1961 to now and have never ever seen any hint of any bad guys like that. I’m not saying that it couldn’t happen, but it’s extremely rare.
I only know of one incident, and we kind of keep our ear to the ground on things like this. I know of just one news account years ago. A couple’s car was stopped at what they though was a traffic stop which turned out to be a bad guy stop.
They were ordered out of the car. The bad guys took their money and and vehicle and left them standing on the side of the road
The couple was smart enough not to resist in any way.
They were smart enough to cooperate and not resist in any way. They were not harmed or hurt. They came out without a scratch. That was only once incident that I recall. I’m sure there have been others, but I only heard of that one.
Again, stick to the toll roads. Don’t drive at night. Be respectful. If you do run into a situation where you suspect that they’re not really law enforcement types or military types, but they may be dressed in those kinds of clothes…
I still think I would not want to make the mistake and try to drive on through because you think it might be a fake stop.
I would just stay there and give up my money, and if I had to, my car, rather than drive on through a roadblock that very well might be an honest to goodness authentic, genuine roadblock.
I wouldn’t want to take the risk of them thinking that I was a bad guy and firing on me.
I’m not trying to scare you, I’m just trying to tell you what I would do as a former police officer of 35 years. You can say I understand the police and military mindset.
The real cops and military are thinking about their own safety  and running their check pointis an invitation to be fired upon.
They’re using their best judgment. If you act like a bad guy they’ll treat you like one.  I want you to use your best judgment, unless you’re 100% sure that it’s not a legitimate roadblock or checkpoint, please stop. And even if you are 100% sure you sill could be wrong
Even if it’s the bad guys and you crash on through, there’s a high likelihood that they’ll shoot at you, too, or chase you down, and then they’re really going to be angry.
Again, I think the best course of action, the safest course of action, and God forbid this would happen, but you know, I really feel a little awkward telling you about it, because the chances are so slim, but I know that for you’re thinking about driving to Mexico, that’s going to be on your mind, so that’s the reason I wanted to cover it in this section, please stop and try your best to communicate, as we mentioned earlier.
All for now. Siempre tu amigo, Sid
  • Ramblingrrl

    I did go the the Chapàla Municipale Publico Officina to report this BRAZEN CRIME. I went with an interpreter, four copies of my passport, sales receipt and the drivers licence of my taxi driver Jesus Alvarez who graciously offered to be my interpreter.

    IF you see a WHITE IPAD2 at a thieves market I would say that it is mine and would appreciate it being bought back as ALL my pictures and videos from my five month stay are on it.

    Thank you.  Joanne Babiak, Nanaimo, B.C., Canada

  • Ramblingrrl

    Well there are banditos right here in Ajijic at Toms Bar. At 9 pm. a punk-hoodlum brazenly went right into the bar in front of the owner and wife and YANKED my WHITE IPAD2 right out of my hands and ran down the street. Two other patrons gave chase but the PUNK had a getaway car. I blew my Cruz Roja whistle at the top of my lungs and one of my neighbours looked out and wrote down the licence plate number and called the policia with this info. 

    ALL of my pictures and videos from my five months here are lost forever…..other than the ones I sent to people in emails or posted on Facebooks. I am grieving this loss deeply as I am a retired teacher from Canada who can not just buy another IPad2.

    Be on the lookout for a WHITE IPAD2 at the thieves markets here….

    Joanne Babiak

  • Sid Grosvenor

    Hi Ramblinrrl,

    I’m very sorry to hear of your loss. Such brazen crime at Lake Chapala is gratefully extremely rare. I’m glad you were not injured. Tu amigo, Sid

  • Sid Grosvenor

    Joanne, Thanks for your update. We have almost 800 subscribers and many live at Lake Chapala so I hope by posting this on our forum someone may get a lead on your Ipad.

    So, everyone, keep your eye’s open for a white iPad. It could be Joanne’s., Please be careful if you think you’ve spotted it, note the description of anyone involved, tie and place, and any associates or cars that might be the culprit’s… and notify a police officer. Do not confront directly any such suspect.
    Thanks to everyone for keeping your eye’s open. Tu amigo, Sid

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