If facts don’t lie, is Mexico safer than the U.S.?

The following article was recently published by Patrick Osio, Editor of Hispanicvista.com. He is the co-founder of TransBorder Communications, Inc. (http://www.transbordercommunications.com/) dedicated to binational economic development.  He has been kind enough to let us pass along his findings to you. 

If facts don’t lie, is Mexico safer than the U.S.?
By Patrick Osio

Here comes Easter break again and young people will be young people – high school and college kids will travel to distant places where the drinking age is either less than it is in the U.S. or where authorities don’t care to enforce minors’ drinking laws. For several decades Mexico has been one such place of choice where the legal drinking age is 18. Mazatlan, Acapulco, Puerto Vallarta and Cancun were the fly to favorite places and Rosarito Beach and Ensenada the favorite drive to places from Southern California. – But not this year, or for that matter neither was it last year.

Our government and the U.S. media have convinced most Americans that Mexico is not a safe place to visit as drug traffickers are fighting it out to see which gang will have the right to sell their illicit drugs to the very group that will not be visiting Mexico. They will have to wait until they return from Easter break to get their Mexican smuggled drugs at home.

But what really struck me was that the preferred country to visit this Easter break in lieu of Mexico is the Dominica. It struck me because Dominica is rated as the number one country with the highest propensity for crime in the world. According to facts gathered by NationMaster.com, their total crime per 1,000 residents (per capita) is 113.822 –Compared to the U.S. that is 8th in the world in total crimes at 80.0645 per 1000 residents, making chances of being a victim of a crime in Dominica better than 10%, and slightly less than an 8% chance of being a victim in the U.S. 

But here is the real clunker – Mexico, the country our government tells us not to visit and the media has a field day reporting any crime be it significant or not to further put the fear of God into staying away from there – well, it ranks 39th in total crime in the world with a per capita of slightly less than 13 crimes per 1000 residents that is a 1.3% chance of being a victim of crime in Mexico. 

So Mexico is out, Dominica is in, yet the chances of being a crime victim there is greater than in the U.S. and the chances of being a crime victim in the U.S. is greater than in Mexico. But, for our own safety we need to stay out of Mexico.

Have you ever felt like you’re being duped but you can’t quite put your finger on why – what’s the motive? Is it to keep us from facing some bitter truths?  We keep reading how crime is down, how safe we are compared to most other parts of the world. But is it true?

So here are some multiple choice questions for you:

1. Which country has a higher crime rate per 1,000 residents?
a. Mexico, b. Germany, c. Canada, d.  U.S.
2. Which country has the highest murders with firearms?
a. Mexico, b. El Salvador, c. U.S.
3. Of the following countries, which has the least number of drug offenses?
a. Germany, b. United Kingdom, c. Canada, d. Switzerland, e. Mexico
4. Which country has the most prisoners?
            a. United States, b. China, c. Russia, d. India, e. Mexico
(Answers: 1. d. U.S., 2. c. U.S., 3. e.  Mexico,  4. a. U.S.-  Source: http://www.nationmaster.com/)

In one of the only bright spots due to its recent gang related murders, Mexico, on a per capita, ranks as more dangerous than the U.S. occupying No. 24 and Mexico No. 6 in the world, but in total number of murders the U.S. is No. 5 and Mexico No. 6.

In fact, much of the crime data per capita 1000 population suggests that in many respects Mexico is safer than the U.S.: in assaults the U.S. ranks No. 6, Mexico No. 20; burglaries the U.S. No. 17, Mexico No. 34; car thefts U.S. No. 9, Mexico No. 22; fraud U.S. No. 18, Mexico No. 29; Rape (Canada No.5), U.S. No. 9, Mexico No. 17.

No doubt that at the expense of Mexico we are being duped. Is it to hide our insatiable appetite for illicit drugs and cheap labor, and so by pointing the finger of guilt to the biggest supplier of both we exculpate our actions or at minimum pacify our own guilt?

Maybe it’s time for “the home of the free, and land of the brave” to take note.

10 thoughts on “If facts don’t lie, is Mexico safer than the U.S.?”

  1. Dominica has no beaches, and no all-inclusive resorts. Mostly petty crime. Nobody is going there for spring break.

  2. I agree, but do not make the mistake of thinking that the police in mexico is going to help you. If you do get into some shit, you are on your own. The United States of Mexico is in trouble not because of the people but becacuse of the goverment.

  3. Hello,

    This is an awesome article, thank you for taking the time to check all those data.

    Do you live or have traveled to Mexico?


  4. I have visited Mexico and in particular Playa Del Carmen on a number of occassions and I have never witnessed any crime of any type,only lovely beaches and a beautiful invironment.The Riveria Maya has some really amazing 5000 year old Mayan Pyrmids THAT RIVAL the Pyrmids in Egypt.I am from THE MID-LANDS of England.

  5. I am an American female and myself lived in Mexico for nearly 20 years and was never the victim of a serious crime. Someone did break into my house once and steal a pair of sunglasses, other than that nothing. I walked late at night, went on trips into the countryside, drove from one end of the country to the other without so much as a hint of trouble. I always have said that the U.S. and Canadian populations bear the responsibility for the murders being committed south of the border. Read a book called “Desperados” and then take a long look in the mirror before smoking that joint or snorting that line.

  6. karen hi there my name is mario born in columbus ohio i am new to on the web . i am moving to mexico in 4- years in nayarit of all places in mexico .maybe san pancho or around there. tell me about the crime there if you will thanks.

  7. I’m not Karen, but I can tell you San Pancho and its environs are very safe and quiet – and beautiful. Lucky you!

  8. Hello Mario, I am not Karen, but, all that area San Pancho it is really quit, kind of turistic, and pretty close from Puerto Vallarte, I guess kind of 1 hour, and it is really cool! you are close from Sayulita beach too like 15 min., and of course from the beutiful city of Guadalajara 3 hours in a car, and from the Tequila town (where you can find special
    tours for the most well known brands of Tequila like Jose Cuervo, Herradura, etc) around 2 hours and a half I guess.
    I love, love my country!

  9. My wife and I go to The Mayan Riviera every January – Gran Bahia Principe is wonderful. – We love the people, the entertainment, the weather. But in the end it’s the people.

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