Mexico’s Comisión Nacional de Seguridad has plans to launch a new initiative to decrease crime on Mexico’s highways, including cargo crimes.
The Cuadrantes Carreteros (Highway Quadrants) plan will divide the country into five regions and within those regions create 136 total quadrants. Each quadrant will be staffed with federal police to deploy at any given moment.
The program will be divided into three parts, with federal police units dedicated to each: mobile surveillance to prevent accidents and crime, stationary surveillance to provide directions and information to travelers on Mexico’s highways and mixed surveillance to patrol and respond to criminal activity and traffic incidents.
The plan aims to identify the organization and structure of criminal organizations that operate on Mexico’s highways. Authorities are also planning on using the information collected to better allocate resources to combating highway crimes.
The operation is currently in the testing phase but is expected to launch this year.