ANA Security Council Update

ANA Security Council Update

1.0 Attendance
  • Sylvia Toy, ANA President
  • Steve Clarke, ANA Treasurer
  • Viviana Testón, ANA Administrator
  • Myrna Brown, Vista Amapas
  • Paul Shirer, Renaissance
  • Jennifer Guitierrez, Renaissance
  • Harris Spiridonidis, Paramount Bay
  • Diego Ibarra, Brisas Lunar/Casa Lupe
  • Tom Peterson, Vista Romantica
  • Tom Carota, Bella Vista
  • James Cox, Villas Macuaz
  • Don Bieghler, Villa Tizoc
  • Susan Wiseman and David Lord, Casa de los Arcos
  • Judy McDonald
  • Peter Sieger
2.0 The Security Council was brught together to discuss and review the recent robberies that have occurred in Amapas.

Six break-ins occurred at Brisa Lunar/Casa Lupe on Hortensias over the past two months. One break in occurred at Villas de La Colina and another at Casa de Los Suenos. Neither of these two buildings are members of the Amapas Neighborhood Association, therefore, they do not have access to the Amapas Security WhatsApp group. Their break ins are not included in our data, because they did not share the details of the incidents. They should become members.

3.0 This Security Council meeting was originally scheduled to include representatives from the police.

They were not in attendance, because it was announced the day prior to the meeting that the Marines were departing from the city. We will reschedule a meeting with them at a later date.

4.0 Two points of view were shared during the meeting in how to address these crimes.
  • 4.1 Police do not know how to do their job and we are doing their work.
  • 4.2 We are responsible for our safety.
  • 4.3 Our years of experience, our work with the Police, and the details of these various robberies support the need for ALL OF US to be responsible for our safety and security. We work as a community; however, each and every one of us MUST do what is necessary to prevent crime.
5.0 Based on the Crime Reports shared with ANA, these break ins occurred between 4:45 am and 7 am.

These hours coincide with the change in the police shifts which occur at 7 am and 7 pm.

6.0 In several cases, these were crimes of opportunity, such as an unlocked door allowed a thief to secure a set of keys to which he uses to return.
  • 7.1 Make exits more difficult. Steve Clark from Villas Loma Linda shared the card lock system which has proven to be very successful. Locksmith’s name: Carlos Cerrajero business number 52 1 222 1571 cell number 52 322 139 9188. These were purchased four years ago for four separate entrances for the cost of around $75,000 pesos. The cards costs around $50 pesos each.
  • 7.2 If security wires are cut, an alarm goes off. Susan Wiseman shared that their business (Casa de Los Arcos) uses a system where if the wires are cut, an alarm goes off. Her alarm contact is Moises Valdez Rodriguez. He can be reached at 322-323-3574 (office). His wife Anna runs the business and can be reached at 322-134-7944. Susan has worked with this small family business for several years and recommends them as TRUSTWORTHY and CARING.
  • 7.3 Increase lighting – Buildings need to light up areas to reduce dark, hiding spots.
  • 7.4 Amapas Neighborhood Watch – More buildings need to purchase and post the signs announcing that there is an Amapas Neighborhood Watch program in our area. Criminals don’t like communities that are watching out for each other.
  • 7.5 WE ARE WATCHING YOU! When a suspicious character or vehicle is announced on WhatsApp, let’s all get out and take pictures of the characters or vehicle. What a way of communicating to criminals Amapas is a community that is working together. Go some place else!
  • 7.6 Post pictures of robbers throughout the community. (NOTE: ANA cannot do this, but individuals can do so.)
  • 7.7 Building administrators communicate to owners with reminders of safety tips, i.e., lock doors and windows, etc.
  • 7.8 Purchase a motorcycle to patrol the Amapas area.
  • 7.9 Keep a set of car fobs in your unit. If suspicious character or activity, use your car alarm to scare them.

The safety and security of our residents and their property are a top priority for our community. It continues to be so even during a pandemic.

The Amapas Neighborhood Association (ANA) has no funds to immediately address safety and security issues in our neighborhood. We presented our budget at the 2021 Annual Meeting and identified a need for $106,500 pesos to do the following projects to increase the safety and security of Amapas:
· Implement traffic calming interventions to increase pedestrian and vehicle safety – highway painting, signage, speed reductors & crosswalk
· Increase lighting in identified areas throughout Amapas
· Continue use of Amapas Security WhatsApp
· Expand use of street-based WhatsApp programs

Please take this opportunity to DONATE to ANA so we can continue to increase the safety and security of Amapas.

ANA Great Neighbor Awards

ANA Great Neighbor Awards

The ANA Board wishes to recognize and Thank Great Neighbors. These are individuals or Boards that have made special contributions to the Amapas Neighborhood.

We recognize KIND NEIGHBORS OF LA CIMA III ( A FULL BUILDING MEMBERSHIP) WHO WISH TO REMAIN ANONYMOUS for their generous cash donation to build the trash receptacle at Los Pinos and Highway 200. These generous folk donated the money and ANA did the legwork with the city permit and managed the construction crew to build a trash container that will greatly enhance all the neighbors properties. Thank You! See before and after photos below:

Before After

We recognize the BOARD OF SAYAN TROPICAL (FULL BUILDING MEMBERSHIP), HOA PRESIDENT GLENN LUCHIES, AND VICTOR RODGRIGUEZ, MANAGER for purchasing the materials and providing the labor for the repair of teeth jarring pot-holes at the intersection of Highway 200 and Calle Sta. Barbara. This area and all of Calle Sta Barbara have been severely damage during
construction of large Condos on Calle Sta. Barbara. ANA provided consultation to the Administration regarding requirements of road repair, and obtained a permit from the city.


Once the fate of SERENA is determined, ANA wants volunteers on Calle Sta. Barbara to raise funds for repairs and work with the Developers to contribute as well.

ANA meeting with city authorities

ANA meeting with city authorities

Left to right: Omar Larios Coordinador de Participación Ciudadana; Christian Hernandez, Director operativo Policía Municipal; Viviana Testón, administradora Asoc. De Vecinos de la Colonia Amapas A.C.; Norma Gordian dirección de Vinculación Ciudadana Policía Municipal; Sylvia Toy President of the board, Robert Howell secretary of the board,  and Don Pickens vocal  of board.

In February your ANA Board met with the new authorities of the Police under the Authority of the Marina Police for the purpose of establishing a relationship with the new Authorities managing Police Protection; the Office of Citizen Participation also attended.

Did you know that a new police chief from the Police Marines (Navy) has been placed in charge of policing Puerto Vallarta? We found the new representative to be most professional and attentive to our concerns.

Your Board brought up three critical issues affecting YOUR AMAPAS; vehicles consistently blocking the Callejon de La Igualdad, speeding and reckless driving on HWY 200 through Amapas , and noise issues from parties at private homes and businesses.

Mexico is a personalized culture and your Board knows that establishing a personal relationship with these officials is critical in meeting your needs as members. Additionally, President Toy shared the highly improved crime data from AMAPAS due to the effectiveness of our Neighborhood Watch Programs and the Security Council. We have planned follow up conversations with the group and look forward to a mutually beneficial relationship Our Individual and Full Building Memberships help to support our office functioning including our Administrator who has developed a strong relationship with the City.

Individuals and Buildings who do not pay membership fees benefit as well, but they do not contribute to the cost of running ANA. You can help ANA by reminding your friends and acquaintances who are not members and perhaps in buildings not paying their fare share to contribute.

Individuals can join on our web page under MEMBERSHIP, and full buildings can contact Viviana Teston at to join.

AMLO addressed illegal buildings in PV

AMLO addressed illegal buildings in PV


(Conchas Chinas HOA worked with Profeco, the Ecology Protection agency to stop construction, and ANA worked with PRODEUR The Attorney Generals office of Jaliscso which stated that the city must work with ANA prior to approval of permits.

President Amlo of Mexico spoke about Puerto Vallarta Irresponsible Development, recently reported by Mexican Press. Feburary 2021

The issue of the illegal construction of large buildings in Puerto Vallarta was brought to the morning press conference of the President of the Republic Andrés Manuel López Obrador, this Wednesday in Mexico City, who upon hearing the problem announced that he would give instructions to the Secretary of the Environment, María Luisa Albores and the Attorney General’s Office to act in this regard.

Questioned by the journalist of the Gulf Corporation, Judith Sánchez, who exposed the proliferation of large towers in this tourist destination, specifically mentioned the case of Conchas Chinas, where they intend to build 14-story buildings, impacting the environment and land use housing, to change it to tourism, affecting the architectural value of the area.


The executive indicated that it is the state authorities who grant these permits and asked the Ministry of the Environment to give a report on the case, so that they act together with the Attorney General’s Office to prevent these works, if they affect the environment and if buildings that exceed those heights.

The journalist asked her: “What is the federation doing in this regard, to stop this type of abuse by these construction companies?”

The president replied, “In this case, the state authorities grant these permits, but the Ministry of the Environment also has to do, so we are going to ask María Luisa Albores to see what it is about.” ( Actually the City Granted these Permits)

The communicator added that there are even complaints in Semarnat, where they said there is no permit for some construction companies, and insisted on questioning what the federation would do to avoid damages.

“That the Ministry of the Environment and the Attorney General’s Office act and that construction be prevented, if it is illegal, and if the environment is affected, and if it is not allowed to build buildings of those heights … all that can be avoided, because it is a violation of the law, but there is also a regulation that has to do with the states, you have to see it, “said López Obrador.

He acknowledged that the federal government must put pressure on state authorities and stressed that the Ministry of the Environment does not issue permits for such projects.

It should be remembered that there are 9 buildings that the Asociación de Colonos de Conchas Chinas, AC, have indicated that they do not have the approval in terms of environmental impact, and that Semarnat has told them that it did not grant permission, even the order of multi-story demolition of one of these towers.

Given this, the President of the Republic promised to act, even said he knows this area of Puerto Vallarta.