Lucas Cancino I was 17 years old. This Wednesday, like every day, he took his bicycle and left his house in the Ezpeleta neighborhood, in Quilmes, to go to school. He studied at the Colegio Papa Eugenio Pacelli. A few meters later, he was intercepted and attacked by a young man who stabbed him when he tried to steal his bicycle and cell phone. Lucas wanted to go home, crossed the gate, fainted and died minutes later in the arms of his grandparents.
Hours before, the municipality of Quilmes, headed by its mayor Mayra mendoza, culminated the celebration of the 72nd anniversary of San Francisco Solano with a party without health protocols that generated controversy. In the midst of a deep post-pandemic crisis, which forced many merchants in the area to close their businesses forever and left several of those neighbors who move within the informal economy without work, in Quilmes they organized a popular celebration that left an open question: How many public resources did the city hall use to organize this festival? They were resources that could well have been allocated to other areas, such as security, for example.
Lucas’s case is repeated almost daily in different parts of the country, especially in the Buenos Aires suburbs. The day before, two motorcycle jets shot Rodrigo Becker to steal his motorcycle at the door of his house in Caseros, in the Tres de Febrero party. Becker was a deputy commissioner of the City Police, he was 41 years old and left three daughters under the age of 18.
The criminal modality of the so-called “motochorros” grew to exasperating levels. According to data from the Buenos Aires Ministry of Security, between January and May 2021 77,220 crimes were committed, 7 percent more than that registered between August and December 2020, an average of one crime every three minutes. The aforementioned modality, according to an Insecurity Survey carried out last April by the NGO Defendamos Buenos Aires, caused the robberies and homicides perpetrated by motorcycle jets to rise significantly, with a total of 6,200 robbery attacks, 26 homicides and 12 attempts caused in twelve months. by criminals aboard motorcycles in the Federal Capital and the Province of Buenos Aires. This indicator does not count the unreported events, which are hundreds, because according to specialists, when the victim is not injured, he prefers not to make the complaint, knowing that in most cases they end in nothing.
Insecurity is an issue on the public agenda that has been at the top of social demands for years, and surely each of these indicators of insecurity are not known in detail by the residents of the suburbs who suffer from it on a daily basis, but they do know what it is. feel unsafe when walking on the street, because crime lurks around every corner. In addition, it is not so safe to stay at home: the “entrances” that grew during the pandemic are also among the crimes that escalate and are strongly installed among us.
It is not so safe to stay at home either: the “entrances” that grew during the pandemic are also among the crimes that escalate and are strongly installed among us.
Esteban has a hardware store in San Alberto, in La Matanza. So far this year he has been assaulted 9 times; “The last two only took a low-consumption lamp in the first, and a screwdriver in the second. “They pointed a gun at me; thus they go out to buy, and they warn you that they do not steal from you, that they only take what they need, ”he says resignedly. This testimony serves to determine the degree of impunity with which criminals are handled in certain neighborhoods.
It would be unfair to blame the Minister of National Security, Anibal Fernandez, on these facts, when he has been in office for a few days. But we can point out that since he took office he was more interested in demonstrating the “political volume” of his figure by polemicizing on Twitter and crossing institutional barriers, such as the underhanded threat to the comedian Nick, or those of democratic coexistence, such as He did by insulting the former constitutional president Mauricio Macri, rather than by engaging in security policies.
For his part, the Buenos Aires Minister of Security, Sergio Berni, is usually shown in promotional videos, in cuts for social networks, participating in person in security operations. It gives the impression of taking care of the subject, even if the results do not demonstrate its success.
It is not with fights and bombastic disputes on social networks, nor with promotional videos that simulate righteous heroes, nor organizing popular festivals that, given the context, sound more like programming happy music in an intensive therapy room, as one of the problems that most afflict Argentines such as insecurity.
If we talk about sensation, a term once installed by Kirchnerism to refer to the problem of insecurity, we could say that these days the sad feeling of seeing many officials more concerned about getting votes for November, praising their profiles, remained floating in the everyday. politicians and popular, that in doing it legitimately taking care of the responsibility that the position indicates and requires. But everything points to November 14, later it will be seen.
Insecurity is a well-known issue, complicated to address, which will not be solved overnight, we know it, to the point that, if there is something that we Argentines have learned, it is to live in the middle of a state of mind that mixes resignation with patience; We learned to wait for solutions, even knowing that they will never come.
The dangerous thing about this is that while we go through that lethargy, the passage of time will continue to take lives and destroy families, as it happened now with Lucas and Rodrigo.