• Dec 29th 2010 at 4:29PM
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The Mexican drug war has been big news for a good longtime now, and with good reason – there have been a reported 33,000 casualties since late 2006. Mexican authorities claim that most of the violence has been contained to rival gangs and Mexican authorities, but a series of kidnappings and reported extortion schemes have middle class families looking for automotive protection.

It's no coincidence, then, that the Toronto Sun reports that armored car sales are up 20 percent in 2010, with 1,900 vehicles reworked to take on everything from bullets to bombs. Armored vehicles have typically been purchased by big corporations and Mexico's wealthy, as the conversion prices tend to be prohibitive for average families. Increased attacks on government officials have also led to additional orders from municipalities and police forces, and the Toronto Sun says that shops specializing in armoring have been working overtime to keep up with demand.

We don't doubt that armored car sales are up, as bullet-resistant vehicle sales are up in many countries. But how many "middle class" families can afford a $120,000 armor job? Other less costly alternatives range from a $300 bulletproof vest to a $4,000 leather jacket that can stop small arms fire.

[Source: Toronto Sun]

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      • 4 Years Ago
      From what I've heard, in Mexico the upgrade to a bulletproof cars costs around $60.000 or more. So with $120,000 they can upgrade two cars, to B6 protection, witch protects you from AK-47 attacks and the usual kidnapping.
      • 4 Years Ago
      You are correct- armor sales are up substantially worldwide and especially in Mexico that has had a thriving armor industry for over 20 years. Your pricing model is incorrect. Reputable Mexican armorers like Blindajes Alemanes, AutoSafe have addressed the low end of armor demand with engineered armor "kits". These offer about 90% protection from handgun attacks (most common in the cities) and can be purchased from dealerships for around $23,000USD. A FAV (fully armored vehicle) with gap and seam overlaps wil run north of $40,000. Rifle level protection (CEN-BR6) for those that travel outside of the major cities will run in excess of $85,000.
      Unfortunately, armoring is a "Buyer Beware" proposition in that even most security professional are not trained in ballistics: therefore, many so called armoring companies have NEVER tested their product and use 'smoke and mirror' reports to assure clients. We have been serving the Fortune 200 for over 20 years to insure they get what they paid for and what they actually need: during that time we have witnessed incredible misrepresentation. We deal with certified armorers worldwide and suggest you REALLY do your research beforehand if you are in the market as MISTAKES can be FATAL.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Who cares?
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