Theft of motor transport units decreased 18.4% last year, despite an expected increase of 50%.
The satellite geolocation company LoJack increased its sales by 25%.
Mexico reported in 2020 the largest reduction in car and truck theft since it has been registered, as a result of the prohibition of signal inhibitors, also known as jamming, which prevents a car that has been stolen from being traced.
On January 25, 2020, the so-called ‘antijammer’ law came into force, which prohibits the use of signal blockers or inhibitors, which are used by criminal groups to steal motor vehicles on highways and bypass the detection systems of companies and authorities. public safety.
Last year the theft of 114 thousand 840 cars was registered, a figure 24.4 percent lower than that reported in 2019, while motor transport was 9 thousand 521 units, a reduction of 18.4 percent, according to data from the Executive Secretariat of the System National Public Safety
In an interview, Víctor Presichi Amador, president of the National Association of Vehicle Tracking and Protection Companies (ANERPV), said that this measure helped companies in the sector to better fulfill their services and sustain their sales.
“The market was infested with this equipment, which was used by criminals to block the signal of stolen vehicles and complicate their tracking (…) Now with this measure, promoted by the federal government, if the police find the equipment in possession of a person, they can refer to the public prosecutor, something that did not happen before, “he explained.
Last year, the Federal Telecommunications and Broadcasting Law (LFTR) and the Federal Criminal Code (CPF) were amended to prohibit the manufacture, marketing, acquisition, as well as the installation of equipment that blocks signals, which contributed to reducing car theft.
With the pandemic, the ANERPV expected a 50 percent increase in the theft of trucks, mainly those that transported medicines and food, however, this measure allowed them to turn this situation around.
“Our information allows us to know that, if the attacks increased, what happened is that, by being able to recover the vehicles faster, the drivers were no longer going to file the corresponding complaint about registration due to all the complicated process,” said Presichi. Amador.
David Román, general director of LoJack in the country, had told El Financiero that last year the theft of cargo transport increased, however, precisely for this reason the sales of its tracking devices increased, after the approval of the ban of signal inhibitors.
“This increased our sales by 25 percent in precisely two ways, to have the technology to persuade theft and to have video solutions,” he explained.
To avoid security vulnerabilities, the ANERPV insists that companies only be allowed to link with the operating permits that the same authority requires from any provider of satellite services, geolocation, telemetry, and/or remote video surveillance.
“We are coadjuvants and we have a very important asset that is satellite technology and information that we share to first achieve a timely reaction and do preventive intelligence work and investigation against transport theft,” said the National Association of Tracking and Tracking Companies. Vehicle Protection.
They track parcels and couriers
Víctor Presichi Amador, president of ANERPV, said that although COVID generated low sales in sectors such as tourism, personal and school transport, on the other hand, it increased the demand for security by parcel and courier companies.
“The demand for logistics companies, last-mile delivery, among others such as DHL, UPS, FedEx, Estafeta grew, which made the business balanced and revenues did not fall,” he said.
Private security firms bought protection for their employees. “Private security has been suffering from the fall of the Mexican economy since 2018, as its services are less demanded, but this was aggravated by the health emergency,” said Alejandro Desfassiaux, director of Grupo Multisistemas de Seguridad Industrial.