Our entire area; the capital of La Paz, Cabo, and our little towns, are extremely safe. There are, however, people who rob houses, especially when have been unoccupied for a long period of time. But there is not heavy crime here or craziness like gun firing. Some isolated areas have troubles that are mostly narco-related.
The crime in our area is petty theft crime; definitely nothing violent and scary. Most of the theft happens when no one is in the house so there’s never any physical harm.
If you are in our little town of El Sargento (south of La Paz about 40 minutes), you left your phone in your car and left the window open, there would be a 100% chance that your phone would still there when you returned, including your wallet or whatever else you left. In La Paz you do have to be a little more careful. In La Paz if you left for 15 minutes, nothing is going to happen but if you go to have lunch in a restaurant and you’re not watching your car, you might get those things stolen. In Cabo, you definitely you have to be more careful. There are a lot of people walking by and businesses operating; it’s a busier place, and in busier places there’s more opportunity for people to see that there’s something they could steal.
Regarding violent crime, I have felt completely safe my entire life here. I never had any problems whatsoever or felt insecure. When I was little and living in La Paz, you could sleep with your house and the windows open, the doors open, and most people slept outside in the summer. Nowadays, not many people do that any longer.
In Sargento, for example, I sleep every day with our doors and windows open and I don’t lock my car. A lot of people sleep on the roof because it’s hot or it’s just nice to sleep on the roof. I’ve been walking at midnight by myself in my pajamas and never felt anything scary.
In La Paz I have been out sometimes around 3 AM with my friends, and never had a problem. I’ve never felt threatened or been attacked or in an uncomfortable situation; never.
I don’t have a lot of experience in Los Cabos, but I’ve been there for a couple of nights. I feel the same. I always feel safe.
If you live amongst Mexicans, they will make sure to look after your house, property and safety, because they will see you as a neighbor who needs looking after.
When I lived in British Columbia about 15 years ago, I felt much less safe than I do here. In British Columbia, I saw a lot of people doing heroin. I saw a lot more police and it definitely felt a little weird.
(Condo home with a large terrace, La Paz,Baja California Sur, Mexico, pictured.)