November 15, 2010
MEXICO CITY — Carlos Nader drives the congested streets in a bulletproof Mercedes-Benz equipped with pepper spray and a 120-decibel alarm.
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He has had bullets bounce off the car and once scared off an assailant by blasting his alarm, which is as loud as a jet engine.
Nader knows his car makes him a target of kidnappers and thieves in a country that has an “alarming” rate of carjackings and ransom abductions, according to the U.S. State Department. In Mexico these days, “everyone’s a target,” said Nader, owner of Protecto Glass International, a vehicle armor company.
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A growing number of Mexicans — including many from the middle class — see bulletproofing their vehicles as a necessity and not a luxury.