Moving to Lake Chapala:Your Safety Here – Part 7 of 7

February 23, 2013

Moving To Lake Chapala – Part 7: Your Safety
We all feel very safe here. I say all, but I’m sure there must be a few people that are concerned. We’ve had a few incidents in our area.
Nothing what I would call major; some people would. Of course, you’ll have to judge that.
By the time you read this, there may have been new incidents. But let me tell you how I feel. I feel safer here at Lake Chapala, Mexico, than I do when I’m visiting family and friends in Texas, especially in or around big cities like Dallas.
As a former Dallas police officer, I know we have an excellent police force in Dallas and they’re doing a heck of a job.
But still, Dallas being a big city, any big city is going to have a good amount of crime. I know they’re covered up with calls for service, and I know they’re doing their absolute best, but a response time there, and I don’t know currently what it is, but I would guess the response time on a hot call, one that’s kind of an emergency call in Dallas would be something like six or seven minutes, and that would probably be good. When seconds count the police are only minutes away.
In Mexico, here in our area, I’ve timed them. Other people that I speak with that have had to call the police in what they thought was an emergency situation here, for a wreck or whatever, or maybe a prowler or something like that, the response time has always been well under five minutes, and more typically about three to four minutes. That’s an excellent response time.
The police here, each year, get a little more professional. They get better equipment, they get better trained. They often recover stolen merchandise and bring it back to the person it was stolen from before the owner missed the property.
We’ve had that happen several times in my neighborhood, where property that was taken in a burglary of an unlocked shed or something like that, and the police found the bad guys and the goods were brought back before the owner even missed them.
There’s an excellent local alarm service run by a nice Canadian family. If you’re uncomfortable that you might not have perfect security then an audible alarm system is a good idea.
I highly recommend that you get an audible alarm as opposed to a silent alarm. A silent alarm will alert the police or the security service, and that’s what they want.
They want to get there and catch the bad buy. As a homeowner, that’s not exactly what you want. You want the bad guy to leave your house and premises as soon as possible, so you want a very loud siren or horn, or both to scare the bad guys away.
I recommend that you have an audible alarm inside your home, which is sort of a psychological thing to make the bad guys inside want to leave, and then one on the outside to alert the neighbors and or a passing patrol car so the police can respond.
The ladies here in our towns and villages of the Lake Chapala North Shore, tell me they feel safe, as this is being written in early 2013, to walk alone at night in because face to face or person to person confrontational crime is almost non-existent, and I believe it will stay that way.
I sincerely Hoped you enjoyed this 7 part series on Moving To Lake Chapala.
All for now. Siempre tu amigo, Sid
  • JIm

    Thanks Sid for the information you gave us in these 7 articles. I have save them for when our move there starts I can refer back to them.
    Hope to see you soon.

    Jim and Judy Trogdon

  • Sid Grosvenor

    Hi Jim and Judy,

    Thanks doe your kind words. Please make a few notes along the way. Things change and I can update our information. Look forward to hearing how your move goes.

    Let me know when we can help. Tu amigo, Sid

  • Judith

    Thanks Sid! I too count on your articles … Mil Cien Gracias!

  • Ramblingrrl

    What happened to my comment about the snatch and grab at Toms Bar two weeks ago?  I was targeted and my beloved White Ipad2 was snatched and grabbed and the PUNK ran down the street to his awaiting getaway car?

  • Sid Grosvenor

     Hi Ramblingrrl.

    I approved your comment and responded to it. Go to the same page where you
    originally posted it.  It went out to almost 800 subscribers many of which live at Lake Chapala. I asked them to be on the alert for you laptop and notify authorities if the circumstances warranted.

    We all hope you can recover your property. Sincerely, Sid

  • Sid Grosvenor

     Hi Judith, What a nice thing to say. I enjoyed hel;ping people when ever I can. I enjoy writing the articles and sharing my love for Lake Chapala. If they are at some point interested in buying a home at Lake Chapala, as a buyer’s onlt Realtor I can represent their best interests and see they’re not taken advantage of.

    Thanks again for your kind words. Tu amigo, Sid

  • joe

    people being beaten to death with blunt instruments, shot and stabbed is not major?!

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