Mérida’s low crime rate has awarded it the reputation of being one of Mexico’s safest cities. The state of Yucatán continues to attract new residents who are searching for a secure, yet laid-back lifestyle.
Unfortunately everywhere in Yucatán, and truthfully all over the globe, home invasions are an ongoing concern. There are dozens of security measures that will help you secure your home. But of course, depending on where you live, some will be more effective than others.
The following is a shortlist of home security practices commonly put in place by Yucatecos.
Securing doors and windows with ironwork
Yucatecos commonly opt to secure their doors and windows with ironwork. This security measure, known locally as protectores, is very common and ranges from the utilitarian to the artistic. When properly installed they offer a high level of protection, and many locals consider them essential.
Watchmen and house-sitters
When leaving home for more than a few days at a time, it is not uncommon to have a trusted person come over to check on your property or even stay over. Locally, such a person is called a velador. This is particularly true if you live on the coast or in the countryside because opportunistic thieves will often target residences they suspect to be empty for extended periods.
Install quality locks, and actually use them
Locals are surprised by expats, especially those from rural areas of the US, Canada, and Northern Europe, who leave their homes unlocked.
Solid locks are absolutely essential at the back of homes in locations such as Centro because thieves take advantage of common walls to jump from house to house.
There is no shortage of companies in the region who do home-security camera installation. But if you are even just a little tech-savvy it is possible to buy four-plus camera systems online for a couple hundred dollars and get the set-up done in just half an hour or so.
One thing to keep in mind, many of these cameras work over Wi-Fi, so if you live somewhere with unreliable internet, you may want to research other options such as CCTV (closed-circuit television) systems.
Keep the lights on
This one may sound obvious, but it is a very common practice.
There are a variety of “smart lights” to be purchased locally and online, and most of them work well with digital assistants such as Alexa or Google Home.