What would you do or what steps would you take to reduce the impact of violence on your business in Mexico?
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With most international business predicaments like this, the best thing to do is to rely on the local people to tell you what to do. It is easy to go in thinking you have all the answers, but that is not generally a good answer to the problem. Most likely, the people who actually live in the area where you want to do business will have a much better understanding of the proper ways to reduce the possibility of violence. Therefore, you should coordinate with your Mexican business partners. They may well have contacts and/or information that will allow you to avoid the bulk of the danger.
As a senior technician in the foundry business who on countless occasions has had to travel to one of his company's factories that is in Monterey (I could not get this to insert:http://www.boiseweekly.com/boise/mexico-police-find-49-mutilated-bodies-near-monterey/Content?oid=2651581). Mexico, a personal friend has described his experiences in working in an area where there is much violence. During the entire time that he is there, he is accompanied by armed guards; after his hours at work are completed, he is confined to the hotel in which his company puts him and is not allowed to leave. In short, as a military veteran, he describes his experience of working in Mexico as being in a war zone.
Choose a location where many other reputable international businesses have located their branches. While this will not prevent all violence, it can provide a safer environment for you and your employees. For example, several businesses have branches in Saltillo, Mexico, and security is easier to provide because the businesses can work together to provide the same type of security. Similarly, for those daring enough to live in Mexico with their families, there are several international communities that resemble subdivisions or compounds. When all employees live in the same area, it is easier to provide security for all of them.
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