With a security plan in restaurants: this is how the celebration of Mother’s Day is guaranteed

With a security plan in restaurants: this is how the celebration of Mother’s Day is guaranteed
With a security plan in restaurants: this is how the celebration of Mother’s Day is guaranteed

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Photo: El Espectador – Gustavo Torrijos

On Saturday, the first day of Bogotá Despierta was held, where more than 6 thousand establishments in 4 commercial areas of the city extended their hours, experiencing an increase in sales of 50% compared to a normal weekend.

In view of the celebration of Mother’s Day this Sunday, May 14, the Bogotá Metropolitan Police launched the Gourmet Patrol strategy in restaurants and gastrobars in the north of Bogotá, where Tourism police in different languages ​​(English, French, Portuguese and Italian ), will provide recommendations to celebrate this special date in peace.

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The 90 uniformed personnel are deployed in Usaquén, Chapinero, Suba and Teusaquillo, where there is the greatest influx of people. “On a weekend like this, the number of police officers exponentially doubles, there are 150 that we are already attending to. Yesterday alone, 3,500 were attended to, of which 700 were fights. We call for tranquility, to celebrate in peace,” requested Lieutenant Colonel Oscar Landazabal Gonzalez, Citizen Security Operational Commander No. 1.

For this festive long weekend, the authorities will redouble operations to avoid an increase in tragedies within the framework of this celebration.

One of the most violent days of the year

The celebration of Mother’s Day is one of the most violent days of the year. According to Forensic Medicine figures, between 2009 and 2018, 1,493 people were murdered. 91% of the deceased were men and 9% were women. Furthermore, in this weighting, Bogotá (184), Cali (167) and Medellín (123), were the three cities that recorded this crime the most.

More recent figures, provided by the Directorate of Citizen Security of the National Police, indicate that during this festival, in 2023, homicides were reduced by 34%, compared to 2022. Being Bogotá, Cali, Medellín, Barranquilla and Cúcuta, the cities with a greater reduction in this rate that was not seen three years ago.

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Likewise, the authorities attended to 7,581 fights for different reasons, registering a reduction of 19%. However, family quarrels continue to lead the indicators, followed by quarrels between neighbors and the consumption of intoxicating beverages.

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