El Salvador will strengthen security for collective transport users to reduce theft even more

From the early hours of this Thursday, the Minister of Security, Gustavo Villatoro, together with the Minister of Defense, René Merino Monroy, and the director of the National Civil Police (PNC), Mauricio Arriaza Chicas, launched the Safe Transport.

According to the authorities, this strategy seeks to provide Salvadorans with security in collective transport units to prevent robberies, and they added that it is part of the Territorial Control Plan, promoted by the Government of El Salvador.

The director of the PNC, Mauricio Arriaza Chicas, explained that the documentation will be verified and that the drivers and collectors have the permits from the competent authorities. Similarly, citizens were always reminded to carry their identity documents because they would be required by the authorities.

«We are also going to verify the illegal carrying of firearms. If any passenger does not have the corresponding authorization, we are going to refer him for putting the population at risk,» added Arriaza Chicas.

For his part, the Minister of Security, Gustavo Villatoro, reported that «we have taken a record of the last 10 years of the subjects that the failed criminal justice system and the previous judges released and who were stealing in public transport units, in parks and cities».

He added that they will not allow this to continue happening: «as the Security Cabinet, we owe ourselves to the honest population. For them we are going to continue working, for good Salvadorans, because this country belongs to us.»

While the Minister of Defense indicated that the plan will be implemented at the national level and that the elements will accompany the users from the point of origin to their destination, at any time the transport units circulate.

He also highlighted that patrols will be carried out at bus stops and terminals, places where public transport users converge.