Safety & Security

This committee focuses on crime prevention, reporting, and the strengthening of relationships between our residents and State and Local police departments.

The towns of Todos Santos, El Pescadero, Cerritos, Rancho Nuevo, and Elias Calles are under the jurisdiction of La Paz, the capital city of the Mexican state of Baja California Sur.

To join your local Vecinos Vigilantes neighborhood watch, or contact your neighborhood leader, email Charles Shipman at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Emergency Services Contact

  • Emergencies (24 hours): Dial 911
  • Municipal police: 612-145-1052
  • Ministerio Publico State Police: 612-145-0198
  • Bomberos Fire Department: 612-143-6300
  • Ambulance: 612-143-6300

The A.C.T.S. Phone book includes many important phone numbers including local hospitals, clinics, roadside assistance and more. To order yours in-person, visit El Tecolote bookstore, Pura Vida, or Amor d’Vino in Todos Santos, or email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

How to call the police

  • Dial 911 (this works universally from any phone, anywhere). This number is answered in La Paz 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The message is then transferred to the local municipal Police department.
  • Dial the local municipal Police number directly at 612-145-1052. This is a landline which is answered 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Be prepared

How to report a crime:

  • First, to report a crime, call any of the police numbers noted above to file an initial police report.
  • You can file a report with any Federal, State or Local police in town or by calling 911.
  • Call the Municipal Todos Santos Police first, followed by the Ministerial Publico to investigate.
  • You do not have to be the victim of the crime to file the initial report. A witness or founder of a crime can file the initial report.
  • The police will arrive at the scene to create a report and will give you a copy.
  • In the event of a home burglary, be sure to provide proof of home ownership and details of the items that were stolen at this time, such as pictures, serial numbers, descriptions and receipts.
  • If you think you know who might be responsible for the crime, share this with the police officer writing the report. Keep in mind, the officials must remain neutral in their investigation as evidence is collected, and the accused are innocent until proven guilty.
  • The copy of the report must then be submitted to the Ministerial Police Office in Todos Santos, by the victim of the crime (not the witness or founder). This is called a Denuncia (it is not called a Demanda).
  • If the victim has a Power of Attorney, the lawyer can file the report on the victim’s behalf.
  • The Ministerial Police will submit the Denuncia and results of their investigation to the judge. 
  • A government official (Asesor Jurídico) can be assigned, free of charge, to help you track where your file is in the process. Once your file moves from Todos Santos to La Paz to continue proceedings the whole process will continue in La Paz. Todos Santos is part of the Municipality of La Paz.
  • The time to process a file varies – it can take a few months or longer. The more information provided up front, the faster your file will move through the system.
  • In the case of a burglary, if the items are found, they will be kept at the Procuraduría de Justicia, in La Paz until such time as the case is closed and the perpetrator has been found and charged. Then the items will be returned to the victim/owner.

In 2015, A.C.T.S represented the need for additional police resources in our growing community, resulting in swift and effective action from the La Paz state government. Read a copy of the letter X

In 2018, at the request of the new Todos Santos Municipal Police Comandantes, A.C.T.S. hosted a community meeting for the State and Local police to share recent police department results, new Security policies and procedures, and to answer questions. Read the meeting notes X

Vecinos Vigilantes Neighborhood Watch Program

The Vecinos Vigilantes program is a unified group of alert neighbors who watch out for each other day or night, using simple crime prevention methods. Vecinos Vigilantes members are grouped by neighborhood, with a shared emergency contact list. Members can call the police in the event they see suspicious persons or activity, or hear unusual sounds or house or car alarms. Members share information about how to stay safe and prevent crime, inform each other of crimes that have occurred in their neighborhood, and support each other should a neighbor become a victim of a crime.

  • To join now, or contact your neighborhood leader, email Charles Shipman at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 
  • To order a Vecino Vigilante sign, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Download Ideas for keeping your home safer
  • The How to start a Neighborhood Watch group kit +

Equide, A.C. Fundation

Through your A.C.T.S. membership, you can help impact changes in the laws of Baja California Sur. Georgina Hernandez, with her colleagues Martha Alvarez and Maria Elena Rojas, have started an organization out of Cabo San Lucas to help prevent crime against women and to have a voice in influencing local law makers to amend or write new laws to ensure the safety and security of women in our area, especially women who are living on their own. For more information, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Hurricane Preparedness

From mid-summer to early fall, when temperatures are at their highest, Baja can be host to hurricane-force storms. Here are some tips to help you be prepared. Also, here is a Hurricane Preparedness checklist in English and en Español

Security Committee Meeting Minutes

April 2018


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