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Hugely Popular Destination South Of Cancun Adds Security Cameras To Keep Tourists Safe

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The formerly sleepy beach town of Puerto Morelos is quickly becoming a beach destination favorite for visitors to Cancun and the Riviera Maya.

While security has not traditionally been an issue in the small town, wedged between Cancun and Playa del Carmen, local officials are taking some proactive measures to make sure the town remains a safe place for visitors.

Video Cameras Coming to Puerto Morelos

Puerto Morelos sea

A total of 30 smart monitoring points will be installed throughout the month of August in strategic locations around town where electricity is available, and water pipes don’t have to be relocated.

According to the head of the Undersecretary of the Control Centers for the C4 and C5 sectors of Quintana Roo, Antonio Zamora Cázares, the advanced video camera network will be part of a total of 2,000 cameras that will be installed throughout the state.

It’s an ambitious schedule for the last two weeks of August and Cázares added that unforeseen delays are possible due to the detailed studies needed before installation can be completed.

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Addition to the Statewide Network

Many municipalities across Cancun and the Riviera Maya are in the process of installing cameras and networks to ensure the safety of locals and visitors in the area.

According to Cázares, there are already 300 different video cameras installed around Quintana Roo which have been added to the C5 surveillance network.

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Puerto Morelos Village

Many of these installed cameras are in municipal areas such as Tulum, Cozumel, Chetumal, Benito Juárez, and Solidaridad.

Additionally, Cancun has 35 video camera surveillance posts installed to monitor key areas of the popular tourist beach destination.

Why Are the Cameras Needed?

Police Truck Monitoring the Streets of Cancun

Towns across Quintana Roo are increasing their security to prevent crimes from happening and to easier prosecute those that commit crimes against innocent locals and tourists.

The video surveillance camera posts located in Cancun are equipped with an emergency button that a tourist can simply push the button to alert the remote monitoring station to keep an eye on the area and send first responders if needed.

The emergency button has already been used in several instances where police and emergency assistance were needed.

Crystal Clear water in Puerto Morelos beach with boats ready for traveler adventures

However, it unfortunately has also been used by pranksters who like to push the button as part of a joke.

In fact, of the 3,000 emergency calls already triggered in Cancun, about 80 percent of them have been false. This unfortunately has distracted emergency officials from actual calls to deal with the false alarm activations.

Because of this, Cázares kindly reminds Cancun locals and travelers to only use the emergency button on the video surveillance posts in the event of an actual emergency.

Police headquarters in Cancun with a police officer working

More Safety for Tourists

The installation of more video surveillance cameras in Puerto Morelos shows that the municipality, and the State of Quintana Roo, are taking the safety and security of visitors to the town very seriously.

In many surveys taken of visitors to Mexico, safety and security are one of the top concerns that tourists have when choosing a destination for their next relaxing vacation.

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It should make travelers to the small town feel more secure about visiting Puerto Morelos and having the same sense of safety they would find in larger cities such as Cancun, Cozumel and Tulum.

For Puerto Morelos, it is a step forward in the development of a more robust tourism industry in the town with more amenities for visitors.

The video surveillance network requires a minimum level of Internet capability which will enhance the overall technology speed access for visitors to Puerto Morelos.

As Quintana Roo continues to develop and provide additional services and experiences for tourists, more cameras will be installed and added to the growing state monitoring network.

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