Photo: Due to violence, the Expo-Seguridad in Mexico is buzzing with latest security products
An interesting, yet not surprising industry in Mexico is doing very well not despite the violence, but as a result of it. No, it’s not the drug trade, but the security garment industry.
At the Ninth Expo-Seguridad in Mexico City a number of companies showed off bulletproof, jackets, scarves, shirts, and even underwear, which also protect the wearing against attacks with sharp objects. The more traditional personal protection garments, such as helmets, gloves, and bulletproof vests were also on display.
The largest security fair in Latin America, Expo-Seguridad featured more than 300 exhibitors from eighteen countries.
One of the expo’s stars was Colombian businessman Miguel Caballero, who has become well known for the bulletproof jackets and vests that he has produced for politicians, businessmen, and former presidents from across Latin America.
With the drug wars continuing throughout Mexico and the rest of Latin America, men with products like Caballero’s are in demand. The constant violence has made some areas ungovernable, and as a result, law enforcement officials are looking to the security industry to keep them on the streets as they fight to keep/take control of their cities.
One of the exhibitors, Mexico’s Bullet, specializes in gear for military and police use. They sell helmets, gloves, goggles, and bulletproof vests able to stop rounds from AK-47 and AR-15 assault rifles.
Bullet executive Erick Sanchez explained that the company also sells underwear, shirts, and scarves that “are ideal for preventing injuries” from attacks with sharp objects.
It is estimated that in Mexico, more than 36,000 people have been killed in drug-related violence.
The expo also offers seminars with public and private security experts, and holds discussions on topics like intelligence and the wars of the future.