Mexico switches to 911 emergency number
Gradual change was completed Monday with little public outreach
Mexico is finally getting a single, nationwide emergency number like most of Canada has, and the number is the same: 911.
In Mexico's previous system, people often reported police emergencies to one number, and medical or fire emergencies to another.
And the public has long distrusted emergency numbers because authorities frequently fail to come when called.
In northern Mexico, the army launched a crime-report number called "We do show up."
Trust hasn't been helped by reports that some dispatchers tipped criminals off to call-in complaints.
The government apparently seeks to imitate the perceived reliability of the Canadian number, to which an estimated 98 per cent of the country has access.
The gradual change was completed Monday, but not much was done in the way of public outreach.
With files from CBC News