Mexico City – Mexico's federal and state governments have reached agreement on a 10-point plan aimed at battling crimes such as kidnapping, extortion and people trafficking.
Representatives of the Conago association of state governors and the National Public Safety System, or SNSP, announced the new measures in this capital and said the idea is to implement them in two phases: one from September to December of this year and the other during the course of 2012.
SNSP chief Juan Miguel Alcantara Soria told reporters the actions will be part of a "joint and coordinated" effort between the federal and state administrations to reduce the incidence of "high-impact" crimes.
These include extortion, kidnappings, people trafficking, vehicle theft or highway robbery and the sale of arms in Mexico, which has been wracked in recent years by an intense wave of organized crime-related violence.
Turf battles among ruthless drug cartels and the mobs' confrontations with security forces have left more than 40,000 people dead since President Felipe Calderon took office in December 2006.
"Each member entity will determine the actions to be undertaken and goals to be reached based on their own conditions, crime rates and available resources," Alcantara added.
The ultimate goal is to reduce crime through a strategy coordinated among the 31 states, the Federal District (Mexico City) and the national government, said capital Mayor Marcelo Ebrard, who is currently chairman of Conago.
Several of the points involve the exchange of information and steps to standardize crime rate measurement, which currently lacks a consistent methodology and often is performed by different NGOs.
He specifically highlighted a proposal by Chihuahua Gov. Cesar Duarte that would "create a biometric registry of foreigners" who are residing temporarily or permanently in Mexico.
Under the governor's plan, that task would fall to the INM migration agency, which would receive support from the governments of the 31 states and the Federal District.
INM spokespersons consulted by Efe said they cannot provide more details at this time about how the registry would be developed.
Sources with the SNSP, meanwhile, said that idea would apply both to undocumented migrants who traverse the country en route to the United States and to foreign residents of Mexico.
Other proposals would address the crime problem by boosting employment and creating a national ballistics database to track the movement of weapons.
Yet another measure, presented by Morelos Gov. Marco Antonio Adame, would facilitate the detection of vehicles that were either stolen or used in crimes.
The goal in presenting these 10 actions on Tuesday is for them to be considered for inclusion in the federal government's 2012 budget.