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Plaza Andares, Guadalajara, Mexico. – Best Places In The World To Retire – International LivingIs the US safe? Chicago is not very safe. There are parts of LA that are not very safe. The safety in Mexico is a little bit like in the US. You go to certain parts of Guadalajara at certain times, especially at night, and it is not safe. 
 
For the most part, Mexico is safe as long as you're careful. Don't go to certain areas late at night unless you're by the beach where there's a little bit more nightlife. Generally, however, it's not good to drive at night or go out really late at night. 
 
You have to be more aware and alert. For example, while shopping, don't leave anything in the car like a handbag for everyone to see. It's too tempting for thieves and they would break your car window to take the handbag. If they don't see anything displayed in your car, you're not going to have a problem. Another example would be walking around with a big handbag in crowded markets. 
 
Personal safety depends on how a person acts and how wise he is. There are certain things that you have to be more careful of in general. It is quite safe in Mexico if you are more careful and discerning. 
 
When choosing a house, you wouldn't want to get a house in the middle of nowhere because you don't really know who your neighbors are going to be. You want to be in an area that's relatively safe. A lot of people go for gated communities, which are quite safe. 
 
 
Ninety percent, if not more, of crimes against people would involve theft. It has happened in Mexico where a thief has broken into somebody's house to steal something and the owner shows up. Sometimes people get hurt because they were in the middle of the theft. Other than that, as long as you stay out of certain areas, you'll be pretty safe. 
 
My wife goes out by herself in Mexico. Sometimes she even goes to Guadalajara by herself to go to shopping centers. I take her to the bus and she takes the bus to Guadalajara. She gets to the bus station in Guadalajara, takes a taxi to the shopping center, and goes around to shop. She's never had a problem. She's been doing this for six years. She's always back before dark and just goes to the nicer parts of town where the better shops are located. 
 
I feel safe here in Mexico.  
 
(Plaza Andares, Guadalajara, Mexico, pictured. )
Andy James – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
Pier off Progreso, beach town near Merida, Yucatan, Mexico – Best Places In The World To Retire – International LivingStatistically, the crime rate in Merida is lower, making it safer than anywhere north of the border. Merida has been declared statistically the third safest city in the world recently, relative to violent crime. Petty theft in Mexico is worse- if you leave your door open, things are going to go missing. That’s why we have ‘rejas’ or iron doors that you put in your house when you open your front door to let the air in. These bars are installed because petty theft here in Mexico is normal. I have no problem with my wife wandering downtown Merida at midnight as it is totally safe. Yucatan is far safer than any of the 30 cities that I’ve visited in the United States and in Canada. 
 
There are very dangerous places to go in Mexico. There are some places that you absolutely don’t want to be in, and if you go there, you’re looking for trouble, but you know what? If you want to go to Phoenix and certain areas there, then you’re going to get in trouble there. Like any other countries in the world, there are places that you don’t want to go. 
 
These dangerous places in Mexico can be known if you read the news. If you tell me you want to go to Somalia during a war, you’re an idiot. Long story short, you just need to do your research. Find out what people and reputable sources are saying. Also remember not to believe everything you read anywhere, and always look at the statistics. 
 
For example, don’t believe a lot of north of the border in Canada newspapers that tell you Mexico is dangerous. These newspapers are specifically telling you that Mexico is dangerous because they want you to spend your money in their country. They have an ulterior motive, and they’re talking utter nonsense.  
 
(Pier off Progreso, beach town near Merida, Yucatan, Mexico.)
Gary Coles of Paradise For  Gringos – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account

Safety is a concern to all of us. Especially if we are in unfamiliar surroundings.Not everyone is safe. – Best Places In The World To Retire – International Living

The biggest safety concern is crime -- but your personal safety involves much more.

It is interesting how many people are terrified of Mexico and if you talk to a person from the United States or Canada they will be very concerned about safety in Mexico.

Meanwhile, if you talk to someone in Mexico or in any other Latin American country, they will be terrified of going to a big city in the United States.

The big thing is perception. The media in all countries will sensationalize everything.  In the United States and Canada, the news media loves to tell horror stories of Latin America. It seems they can't print enough about drugs and drug related crime. At the same time, the media in a country which is south of the US border will sensationalize school shootings and disasters in the US cities.

Right now, I am in Tijuana, which has a horrible reputation according to the United States media. But if I talk to other expatriates who are living here, I get a completely different opinion. The most common comment from an expatriate is that it is more dangerous to cross the border and go back to the United States.  

In reality, Mexico is a safe country but there are dangerous neighborhoods.  It is the same in every country of the world.

Safety also includes many other things besides crime. Your biggest safety concerns in Mexico should be the common everyday concerns.

Auto accidents are a major source of injuries and death. Common accidents such as tripping and falling can occur anywhere in the world. How many of you know of someone who died after a severe fall?  

I have a few tips that I give all my friends about safety in Mexico (and everywhere else).

  • When driving in a foreign country or even a strange city, you are at a disadvantage  --  so slow down and be extremely careful. It is best if  you not to drive at night.

  • It seems that there are a lot more hazards on the sidewalks when you leave the US. if you're not paying attention it is very easy to trip and be injured.

  • In a strange country or city, you need to be careful not to make yourself a target for crime. Do some research and find out what neighborhoods may be dangerous and stay away. Do not display anything that makes you look like a wealthy tourist -- I don't even wear a watch.

Above all just be careful and you will find that Mexico or anywhere else in Latin America is just as safe for you as the United States or Canada.

(Pictured:  Sometimes we are just not careful!)

Carmella Peters Romero of Peters & Romero – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
Partio in the midst of high rises in Polanco, Mexico City, Mexico – Best Places In The World To Retire – International LivingMexico as a whole has an image problem when it comes to crime - and it is undeniable that there have been international headline-making incidents in the past few years.
 
However, it is important to remember that the crime rate in Mexico varies widely depending on where you are.  It also depends on what is meant by "crime rate" - violent crimes are the ones that capture the most attention, but the overall crime rate statistics also include things like theft, fraud, and other non-violent crimes.  It is also important to remember that a significant percentage of violent crime is drug-related.  Anyone planning to travel through Mexico, especially if they are driving, should consult Embassy websites for updates on the security situation as it relates to areas where drug-related crimes are common, or where travel on secondary roads is not recommended. 
 
Speaking only about Mexico City, there are definitely areas that are notorious for criminal activity - as is the case in any large city.  And, just as you would in New York, Philadelphia, or Washington DC, you should be cautious about visiting those areas.  And, as in any large city, you should take care when using public transportation to avoid becoming the victim of a pickpocket.  You should also try not to flaunt wealth - this is common sense regardless of what city or country you are in.
 
Generally speaking, however, you can feel safe in most areas of Mexico City, where violent crime rates are often well below those of major American cities.  
 
(Patio for a family with small children in the midst of high rises in Polanco, Mexico City, Mexico, pictured.)
 
Brenda de Groot of AvensaTravel – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
Mezcal in Oaxaca  – Best Places In The World To Retire – International LivingMany people have asked me if Mexico is safe because unfortunately, Mexico has often been in the news in a negative way. People have this image that Mexico is very dangerous but I can honestly say that Mexico is a very safe country. I moved to Mexico after having traveled here for 11 years. I’ve lived in Oaxaca for four and a half years and I’ve never experienced any crime. I haven’t even been robbed. 
 
Getting robbed can happen everywhere and also here. I’m not sure about the crime rate but I have read on the Internet that crime in Washington, United States is triple as high as Mexico City! The crime rate in Mexico is high because of the drug war that is going on but if you don’t get involved with drugs then you will be very, very safe.
 
If you are thinking of using drugs, you will have more chance to get involved in these wars, which are limited to specific areas. If you are closer to the border of the United States where the war is going on, there will be more danger, but if you are in tourist sites like Yucatan, Chiapas and Oaxaca, there’s no danger there. 
 
Of course in every country there is crime, and you should always follow the normal, common sense, safety rules. You should keep an eye on your handbags, luggage, and purses, and adjust yourself to your environment. 
 
Be careful while driving! The roads can be bad in some parts and the speed bumps are usually not very visible and found at the most unexpected places. Because of these reasons it is important to control your speed limit.
 
Also for your safety, I do recommend you to be careful drinking the more traditional alcoholic drinks such as Mezcal in Oaxaca and Posh in Chiapas. The local custom is to invite people a drink or two, but beware! These drinks have a high percentage of alcohol and most people will not be able to handle more than one or two drinks.  
 
(Drinking mezcal in Oaxaca, Mexico, pictured.) 

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