By “El Huaso” for Borderland Beat

Two were killed and one was injured after an armed attack against a tire repair shop (vulcanizadora) in El Tulillo de Abajo, a neighborhood of San José Iturbide, Guanajuato, reported local journalist Miguel Ángel Mejía H. Tire repair shops in Guanajuato are attacked frequently, as they are sometimes used as fronts for criminal activity. 

Over the past 10 years, 139 tire repair shops have been violently attacked in Guanajuato, causing over 215 deaths, according to an article published by the Small Wars Journal. The article argues that the attacks are related to the Cártel Santa Rosa de Lima (CSRL), and the Cártel Jalisco Nueva Generación (CJNG) turf war, which has made Guanajuato the most violent state in Mexico.

According to an interview with security expert David Saucedo, the attacks are the result of a targeted campaign by both criminal groups to destroy each other’s economic engines, as the tire shops are used as sites for the dealing of meth and stolen gasoline.

Tire Repair Shops Across all of Mexico (2013-2022) Source
Tire Repair Shops Across all of Guanajuato (2013-2022) Source


Miguel Ángel Mejía H Twitter @miguelmejiah

Why Tire Repair Workshops Are the Target of a Wave of Violence – Small Wars Journal