Friday, May 24, 2013

México: Retired Canadian Policewoman Stabbed to Death in an Apparent Robbery in Playa del Carmen

Canadian Lynn Earle, 60, who retired from the West Vancouver Police Department some years ago, was found murdered on Wednesday (May 22), the victim of multiple stabbings, at her home in Sacbe, a development in Playa del Carmen. Playa del Carmen is located on the Caribbean side in the Mexican state of Quintana Roo. 

Unfortunately, media reports have not disclosed any details as to what the circumstances were that led to Ms. Earle's death. 

News of Ms. Earle's death came the same day that North Vancouver Mounties issued an appeal for information about Canadian Trevor Roseborough, 53, who lived on a boat near Puerto Vallarta, but hasn’t been heard from in over 16 months. 

According to, Roseborough settled in La Cruz de Huanacaxtle, on the Bahia de Banderas, near Puerto Vallarta, roughly two years ago to live a frugal life in the sun. When family and friends stopped hearing from him, they contacted authorities in both México and Canada who determined that Roseborough has not used his bank account or email since January 2012. If anyone has seen Roseborough or has any information on his whereabouts, call Cpl. Sue Tupper of the North Vancouver RCMP at 604-969-7568, email: or call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS). 

According to CBC News, former Vancouver Island resident Ron Mackintosh, 64, was found dead outside the Pacific coastal town of Barra de Navidad last year [2012], weeks after he’d been reported missing. Unfortunately, Robin Wood, 67, another former BC resident and a neighbor of Mackintosh's in Melaque (just south of Puerto Vallarta), was killed by assailants in a home invasion in January 2012.  

COMMENT: As I have said so often in the past, there is no place in México that is considered "safe" from criminal violence, which is why it is crucial that all foreigners traveling to México, short-term or long-term, have a keen sense of personal security awareness at ALL times. 

Additionally, it is vital that all foreigners be particularly observant of those around them at all times in the hope of identifying something or someone that does not fall into what is normally described as "normal." Specifically, many foreigners become victims, largely because they don't observe other people as a potential threat. 

Canadians should realize that they are not being singled out by criminal elements, as more US citizens are victimized annually in México than Canadians. That, unfortunately, is no consolation to victims of either country who are seriously hurt or killed from criminal violence. 

Part of the reason why so many foreigners are victimized in México has a lot to do with their "personal vulnerability profile (PVP)," which is directly linked to the type of vehicle they drive, their lifestyle, outward indicators of being prosperous and how predictable their routine is. If any one of these vulnerabilities can be reduced, that often translates into a diminished risk of being targeted. 

If a foreigner can create a perception that they have no more money than most people on the street, such a perception has a positive benefit. For example, driving a vehicle that is five-to-ten years old will dramatically lower one's PVP. 

Originally a small fishing village, tourism in Playa del Carmen began with the passenger ferry service to Cozumel, an island across the Cozumel Channel and world famous scuba diving destination. Playa del Carmen, or just "Playa", has undergone rapid development in recent years with many new luxury residential condominium buildings, restaurants, boutiques and entertainment venues.