Mexico has very low violent crime rates.
The U.S. Assault rate is 5 times higher than Mexico’s. Mexico’s violent crime rates for Assault, Kidnapping and Rape are substantially lower than Canada’s and yet the U.S. State Department issues no such warnings for Canada. The rate for Rape in the U.S. is more than double the rate in Mexico. The numbers in the charts below have been adjusted for unreported crime from the respected 2012 Prominix report and are the most accurate statistics available on this subject.
Unless you are involved in the drug trade, you are statistically safer in Mexico than anywhere else in North America. Even though the U.S. murder rate of 4 per 100,000 is lower than Mexico’s, tourists and visitors are statistically safer in Mexico and much less likely to be a victim of violent crime than in the U.S., Canada and many other countries regarded as safe.
“Millions of U.S. citizens safely visit Mexico each year for study, tourism, and business, including more than 150,000 who cross the border every day. The Mexican government makes a considerable effort to protect U.S. citizens and other visitors to major tourist destinations, and there is no evidence that Transnational Criminal Organizations have targeted U.S. visitors and residents based on their nationality.
Resort areas and tourist destinations in Mexico generally do not see the levels of drug-related violence and crime reported in the border region and in areas along major trafficking routes.”
The most recent State Department advisory on Mexico is available here:
- For emergencies involving U.S. citizens in Mexico, contact The U.S. Embassy in Mexico City at Paseo de la Reforma 305, Colonia Cuauhtemoc
- Phone from the U.S.: 011-52-55-5080-2000; Within Mexico City: 5080-2000
- Long distance within Mexico 01-55-5080-2000.
- You may also contact the Embassy by e-mail at: ACSMexicoCity@state.gov
- The Embassy’s internet address is http://www.usembassy-mexico.gov/