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Tijuana: Corruption Increasing
I have been traveling to TJ for years. I have never had any real problems until recently. I was stopped 3 times and forced to pay a "fine" in a police car or be brought to jail simply jaywalking from a bar to my hotel. I also saw the police "rounding up" young girls who were not prostitutes. I talked to the locals and they said that 200 police have been added and that fines are now common because TJ does not pay its Police Dept. I strongly advise anyone going to TJ to reconsider. I will not be going back
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BEFORE SELLING YOURSELF ON T.J.
RESIST THE TEMPTATION...if you reside in a City with an astronomical cost of living rate and you decide to relocate to Tijuana Mexico...FORGET IT...THIRD WORLD COUNTRY...return to your senses.
Peace of mind is PRICELESS...my story
I moved to mexico from San Diego california as a prior military veteran to make a life w/my mexican fiance. Well she failed to inform me of the dangers. The police are RUTHLESS...I am a well mannered individual never drink, smoke, and wear middle class attire...DOESNT MATTER. One day after a hard day at work I cross at the san ysidro border walk accross the bridge around sunset (day/night synonyms) as I near the enormous arc I see a group of police harrassing latin-american victims of a fight...they were hustling VICTIMS for cash...i see it all in my perifial vision...so I try to blend in the group of people walking but no avail the police see American dollar signs they stop me, ask if i speak spanish then rummage my pockets. Miraculously a corn-a-copia of narcotics is lifted (NEVERMIND THE IMPOSSIBLITY OF THE PLANTED DRUGS FITTING IN MY BACK POCKET) they say I can either pay or go to jail. I've been previously robbed before by Judiciales (under covers) or a fake...either way...NO FKKING WAY WAS IT HAPPENING AGAIN real or not...I refused and offered my hands in a tantrum. A miracle happened and was let go and told not to tell anyone and have a nice night. Long story shortened...they are grossly underpaid and it is HIGHLY COMMON for them to take money, your personal vehicle (legitamate papers or not), plant drugs, use "amigo" men to con you, perscription drugs are drugs to them (perscription or not) and the list goes on. And from what I hear mexican jails are NOT suitable for ANIMALS. Don't administer yourself or family to this lifestyle unless you absolutely have to. At times being homeless doesnt sound so bad.
Missed US Border turn off...stopped by cops in TJ
I spent a nice week in Rosarito Beach with my wife and family. Driving back, the turn off to the US border in TJ wasn't well marked, so I slowed down a bit, but missed the turn off. This was within a mile of the border.
Two motorcycle cops pulled over our family mini-van and said that I was blocking traffic. They said the ticket would be $60.00 and I could pay it there, or go to the police station and pay it.
They asked for my drivers license and registration and said they would have to keep my license.
We had spent all of our money and told them we only had about $2.00, so they lowered the "fine" to $40.00. My wife explained the only money we had was our 8 year old daughter's birthday money, $30.00. We pulled that out of my daughter's wallet. The cop took the money and "escorted" us about half a mile to the line of cars at the border.
We got off very cheap compared to some of the other victims of these crooked cops. The "Mordida" the bribe, is still alive and well in 2007. Always carry about $40.00 cash stashed away somewhere until you cross the border, and DO NOT EVER let them separate you from your wife and family to go to an ATM. If you have to, insist that you all go together.
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Robbed and fasely impriosoned by th police
I was in Tijuana recently and after coming out of a shop I was stopped by two policemen. The first they said to me was that i bet a woman up! They searched me and I had antibiotics for a flu which i had a prescription for.
They said to me it was an illegal drug and taken me to see the police doctor, i was handcuffed driven around and then they stopped near the border took the handcuffs off me and told me i had two choices pay the fine or go back to the police station.
I had $140 on me they robbed me of $130 and gave me ten dollars to get back to sandiego
i would never visit mexico again
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Tijuana Police, accusing traffic violation
Don't drive in Tijuana period.
A cop on a motorbike stopped me and accused me of not stopping when he claims another police officer signed me to stop.
I was on my in to the San Diego border and I missed the exit lane to the US border due to traffic so I kept going and I would make my rounds again to do another try. Suddenlly a cop on a motorbike followed me, then he overtaken me, make a right. I kept going, looking for the next street so I can make a right to the way to the US border.
The same cop followed me again and this time he gave a signe to pull over. He ask me if I'm able to attend a hearing for traffic violation. I said give me the ticket and I will mail the fine. He said thats not possible. It is either I pay now or he has to take me to an office which I dont know where.
I asked him how much the fine and he replied $85.00. My girlfriend and my other friend manage to produce $90.00. I gave to the police officer and as soon as I gave him the money.
He said,"there will be nothing reported to DMV, your car rental wont be notified, dont anything to your goverment and I will give an escort to the border.
When I get back to work I told this stories to my co-workers which some of them were Mexicans. They have told me some of them have the same experience. A coworkwer said they went to Ensada, Mexico and the cop pulled him over and their car had been search and he end up paying $160.00.
Another Mexican coworker said he was charge for peeing the alley. Him and his brother were asked to either pay or spend the weekend in jail. They dont want to pay so the cop took them in jail and he said as soon as he saw the police beating the people in jail.He paid the $120.00 for him and his brother and they got out there quickly.
Another co worker, he said, a cop seached him in one of the Tijuana bars. Took all the money his got. Poor guy he has to walk from Revolucion to the border.
Tijuana and Traffic Cops
I'm a 25 year old doctor and was recently in San Diego for a conference with my boss (who is a 40 year old surgeon). We decided to go down to Tijuana and have a look around. Within 5 minutes of crossing the border we were pulled over by traffic cops. We were stopped in the middle of traffic and had alledgedly indicated incorrectly even though we were hardly moving. They took my license (Australian) and then asked us to follow them around the corner were they questioned us further. After some (polite) arguing back and forth they let us go with a warning.
Later on in the day (after putting up with being asked to go into every bar on revolution st) we were trying to leave and missed the turn off to san diego. We got pulled over by a motorbike cop who threatened to arrested me (I was pretty pissed off), before playing a big power trip over us then letting us go. It was pretty scary.
(We did stumble into a cafe away from the main drag where the people were really nice and looked after us).
I'd recommend avoiding Tijuana and going somewhere in San Diego instead.
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if stopped look for is the number of the police vehicle. . If any cop ever takes money from you report them to the sindicatura. You can find an online form to fill out at Tijuana.gob.mex. Dont be rude but just tell them you prefer to see the judge and let him handle the matter. Never report a cop to a cop do it thru 066 or the sindicatura. If they stop you ask for a ticket if you really did violate a traffic law. IF you are a tourist stay in the tourist areas and dont venture out in the colonias especially walking. At night and even during the day they have what they call operativos where they drive around in vans with the van doors open with cops just waiting to jump out and grab the first person they see that looks good. The safest way to come to tijuana in a group and take a taxi from the border straight to where you need to go. As long as you are in a taxi you wont have any problems. It is worth the 5dlls. If you are coming for lets put it a good time the taxi drivers will know where you can find that good time and have your good time without being harrased by the cops. They will also wait for you while you are having your good time to make sure you get back to any other destination you needed to go. Right now there is no law in tijuana. The cops do as they please. How do I know. Because I have lived here now for over 12 years. What ever you do stay away from the temptation of buying drugs if thats your thing. The people selling downtown are hooked up with the cops and as soon as they sell you something more than likely you will get picked up. once again any time you have any contact with any cop look for the number of the vehicle they are driving.
TJ Police thieves
I have been going to TJ for few years and never had a problem till I was pulled over by a Young cop maybe in his twenties, I had my blood pressure Medicine with me which he said was illegal drugs, since it was night time I was very freightened as he put me in the back of his patrol car and told me the fine is $500 and before I said yes or no he took $300 out my wallet and let me go. It was the worst experience in Mexico. How terrible these cops can be. We don't treat Mexicans like that but they can rip us off at anytime for No crime. I think this incident may tell me Do not ever go to TJ for whatever reasons. Its Police which are the thieves...
2 TJ cops and a Mexican civilian came up behind me and my friend and started with the usual harassment. They searched my overnight bag and pulled everything out of my pockets. I happen to have had 2 Vicodin on me, for which I had the prescription in my wallet. Also, I had some Sudafed. They said that the Sudafed wasn't "really" Sudafed, but a narcotic, and that I was going to go to jail. Then I showed them the prescription for the Vicodin. He took the paper and said that I am still going to jail until it gets cleared up. I knew the routine, so I asked them how much money do they want. They said the "fine" was $250.00. I told them that it's ***. They then raised it to $400.00. I told them I only had $120.00 on me. They again changed the amount to $140.00. They actually wanted me to give them my ATM card and PIN number and they would be right back with the money. I told them that it was NEVER going to happen. The placed handcuffs on me and at that point I was a bit scared. I told them I had another $20.00 in my shoe. When the "transaction" was completed, and I was walking away, they yelled to me "Don't tell anyone about this". I immediately went to the Police station. The chief there had 4 cops bring me and my friend to the scene of the crime. Then the 2 thieves (cops) walked up and was confronted by the other 4 cops. The person in charge asked me how much they took from me and I told them $200.00. They talked in Spanish for a bit, then the dirty cop pulled out 2 $100 bills and handed them to me. I could tell he was totally pissed off because I had just taken $60.00 extra dollars from him and he couldn't do ANYTHING about it. I figured he deserved a taste of what he's been doing to Americans. I was then told by the person in charge that when we get back to the police station, to say that I didn't see the 2 dirty cops. I couldn't figure out why this guy was protecting them. I found out later that one of the cops was the chief's brother. The next day when I got back home,
Crooked TJ coppers
Whatever you do in TJ don't do ANYTHING out of the ordinary in THIS town! A friend and I had to use the "facilities" really bad and had nowhere to go. We found some restrooms, but they were locked! It was dark, and no one was around so we each took a turn in the alley, as soon as we were finished, about 5 cops showed up including a car and tried to haul us to jail. We pleaded with them that we were sorry and had to go so bad. They didn't care and threatened to take us to jail, to see the judge in the morning. I managed to convince them that I would pay the fine there...all we had was $40 cash between the 2 of us, but thankfully they took it and let us go!
What a nutty place!
Do not ask motorbike police for directions in Tijuana - I did and was accused of having no insurance and would have to be escorted to the police station...........or I could pay $150 and be 'let off'. Since there was me and my 3 young kids I decided to 'pay'.
If anyone knows how to get in touch with the Tijuana Police I would be grateful.
Federali's are crooked
I was in TJ with a bunch of my friends one friday night. Like every time we are in TJ, we were drunk as all hell and ran out of money (no doubt from the many stops at the strip clubs). However we hoped in a cab and told him to take us to the nearest ATM which he did. Sure enough we were there for 5 minutes when a bunch of cops showed up and started searching us. My friend Chris who speaks fluent spanish, unlike our broken spanish, told us that they were trying to say we were robbing the ATM. Chris pulled out two $20 US bills and gave them to the cops, who then lets us go, 3 of us who were already in handcuffs. All Im saying is watchout for them. They are all crooked and are only looking for handouts. Sadly, no one can stop them. So beware!
Make sure in Tijuana you have nothing that can be mistaken as drugs. Searches by police are not common but do happen and having as little as a vitamin in your pocket can be assumed as drugs. Prescription drugs must always be in a container with your name. Searches can be conducted at any time in any place and for no reason. If you are with someone who has an illegal substance you will both go to jail. This means anyone that is walking with you on the street including that new found "amigo" who is showing you where to find the "girls".
Stay away from Tijuana!!!
I am a 37 y.o. attorney. I was visiting San Diego for a convention on June 28, 2005. I drove to Tijuana because I had never been to Mexico and was told it was relatively safe if I stayed in the "good" areas. There are no good areas. 20 minutes after parking my car, I was walking down a street immediately off Revolution Blvd (the main drag) when I was approached by a sleazy guy offering me drugs. I tried to avoid him, but after a few seconds, a police car approached us, frisked us both and found a bag of "cocaine" in the other guy's pocket. They put both of us in the police car and threatened to hold me in jail for 72 hours unless I paid a $500 fine. They literally drove me to an ATM machine for the money. The cops had obviously conspired with the sleazy guy. I have since learned that this is VERY common in Tijuana. I have also since read of instances where female students have been raped by police. Stay away!
The police have changed much!
Looking back to the days when I first started coming to TJ vice today? The police have cleaned up much, and the days of shakedowns have pretty much come to a halting stop! Although there are many scammers impersonating police waiting in dark alleys and along the route back to the border.
So be careful, and if they are police, they will insist on having you report to the police department. The smart thing would be, don't be stupid! Common things that lead to citations in TJ from tourist!
1. Urinating in Public!
2. Sex in the streets, parking lots, public area
3. Unconscious in the street
4. Fighting other tourist!
5. Not paying bills
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