More than 18,000 companies with United States investments have operations in Mexico, and U.S. companies have invested $145 billion in Mexico since 2000, according a report by the U.S. Department of State. With companies continuing to invest in Mexico, the need for private investigations protecting corporate assets in the region has increased exponentially.
Many of the challenges companies face locally are only exaggerated in Mexico. Employee theft of time, money and product remain the highest concern for companies, but Mexican operations face other problems. From internal problems of logistics and security to ensuring product arrives at distributors timely and unmolested. Mexico, for all its appeal to companies, has its many drawbacks including the increasing high crime rates that can quickly impact bottom lines. It’s easy to say every problem facing corporate America today is present in Mexico, but on steroids.
The region has experienced a dramatic rise in crime rates over the past decade. The increase can be attributed to government corruption, drugs, and the overall economic instability seen throughout Mexico. The crime witnessed is repeatedly marked by violence, especially in major cities and United States-Mexico border cities like Tijuana and Ciudad Juárez. The most pressing problems for companies are the assaults and theft that make up the vast majority of crimes reported.
The crime problem is out of control, especially in areas where mafia and drug cartels intimidate the populous through threats and corruption. There have been numerous cases of companies forced to pay for protection for their assets and personnel. There is also the growing issue of kidnapping and ransoming of Mexican and American personnel for the highest bidder.
Much in the same way a private investigator can help to identify employee theft and uncover wrongdoing in America, an investigator can conduct a security evaluation survey to review a company’s security department and safeguard the company’s assets. A private investigator can also work with local authorities to locate and recover personnel, in the case of a kidnapping.
In the past year, our firm officially established operations in Mexico to provide private investigative services to companies seeking solutions to doing business in Mexico. Our investigators have worked cases all over Mexico and a proven success rate in helping companies facing these challenges.
Do you have any questions about how to hire investigative service to protect your company’s assets in Mexico? Please let me know and I would be pleased to address your concerns.