Violence Numbers Down in Mexico

David Simmonds

Here is something you don’t hear much about: Our nation’s capital, Washington D.C., had a homicide rate of 30 per 100,000 in 2008, while the rate in Mexico City was 9 per 100,000. The most recent stats have popular Costa Rica at around 8 per 100k, Honduras at 58, Jamaica at 49, South Africa is 37, Brazil is 26 and Puerto Rico and Panama are at 19. Mexico is at a fraction of these countries at 10 per 100,00. Funny, I don’t read much about how Americans should stay away from those countries.

Because of  the daily drumbeat by the mainstream media of the drug cartel violence, with the feds fighting the dealers and the dealers fighting each other, the perception is that all of Mexico should be avoided by otherwise sane tourists. As a result, travelers are not going like they used to. And the country is suffering. Tourism dollars account for a good percent of the local economies in many of the popular towns like Puerto Vallarta, Cancun, Cabo, Mazatlan and Acapulco.

Tens of thousands of expats now call Mexico home, and they feel as safe as they ever have. I encourage you to visit Mexico soon and you’ll see what I mean.

6 thoughts on “Violence Numbers Down in Mexico”

  1. Great article I will love to pass this to the reporters in Arizona.

    As a Group Tour Operator, when traveling in Mexico, we experience the soldiers patrolling the Highways and Federal Police on some of the cities but none of our passengers had witness any drug related crime

  2. Yes, it’s too bad that more people don’t realize that drug cartel violence is limited to only a few areas of Mexico. I feel as safe in Mexico as I did 20 years ago, which is not to say that nasty things can’t happen as they can anywhere in the world.

  3. Hello David,
    Very interesting, do you mind sharing with us the source of the numbers and statistics you mention?
    thanks,
    C Ramirez

  4. …an eye opener indeed, but most important is to realize that the
    drug war being held by the mex_feds against the cartels
    is intended to clean the drugs
    from the north american youth + this is solely happening
    In the northern border towns away from our resort areas
    …so bear with while we clean the house.
    Jcdelrio
    Epic group DMC Mexico

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