MEXICO CITY – Forty percent of robberies, extortion schemes and kidnappings targeting Mexican businesses involve one or more accomplices inside the firms, TS security consultants said in a study released Thursday.
The findings are based on data collected in the second half of 2010 by TS, which provides security services for 2,000 Mexican companies.
In the majority of cases, the initiative for the crime comes from people outside the firm who contact an employee and seek his or her cooperation.
Criminals will often try to recruit recent hires or subcontractors brought in through outsourcing, TS said.
Collecting intelligence on targets is becoming more important to criminals and “a key point for this is finding someone to tell them about operating procedures, personnel in each area, ‘gaps’ in security, work and break schedules,” the report said.
Crimes involving accomplices inside companies are most numerous in sectors such as pharmaceuticals, IT, advertising and finance, according to TS.
While Mexico’s violent drug cartels – blamed for more than 34,000 deaths in the past four years – get most of the headlines, the country is also plagued by small-time gangs that engage in extortion, kidnapping and robbery.
Barely 1 percent of reported crimes result in arrests and convictions and the majority of Mexicans view their nation’s law enforcement agencies as corrupt. EFE