Living in Mexico. EVERYTHING you need to know (and then some)
crime in mexico. is it safe?
April 26, 2021
I can tell you from personal experience that crime in Mexico shares similarities with both Canada and the U.S. I can also tell you from personal experience that I don’t think one is better or worse than the other. I’ve lived here as a single woman more than a decade and I have never had a problem.
I have never been assaulted, robbed, stalked or shot at. I’ve never been stopped by police walking or driving. I’ve also never had a car accident or had any reason to go to a police station other than to renew my driver’s license.
Maybe now you are thinking I’m one of those lucky people with a horseshoe up my butt, but I can tell you that is not the case. The fact is this, in my Canadian city of 39 years, I also didn’t have any of these things happen to me.
The reason is simple. I mind my manners and do not put myself in situations where I could end up assaulted, robbed, stalked or shot. Here, just like in Canada, I avoid dark allies, especially at night. Valuables are always left at home. I was cautious about where I walked and parked. I am here too.
I also paid attention to local news, which means for the most part, I knew the trouble areas and made a point to stay away from them. Also, I’m not a natural asshole. I don’t get drunk and mouth off. I don’t push old people into traffic and I don’t go around kicking puppies.
I know the difference between right and wrong and I know how to find trouble. That can be said for most people around the globe. Violence, crime, bad guys, they live everywhere. One of the determining factors for my leaving Canada was the huge increase in centrally located gang violence in my city. I worked and played in the center of my city. That violence became unnerving.
So I moved…to Mexico…where I can honestly say I have never had a problem and I feel perfectly safe.
One of the biggest differences I’ve learned about crime between here and the rest of North America is education. In Mexico, 80 percent of the people are without anything above a basic public education, which has made crime here more petty and violent.
Call it what you want, but a majority of the bad guys are young and uneducated. Without an education, they lack the ability (not necessarily the will or drive) to earn a decent living. Others simply do not have the opportunity. These folks, both men and women, are easily swept up by promises of power and new shiny things.
They form bonds. Get sucked into groups and gangs and get a taste of power and being able to buy things for themselves. The fact that it’s done illegally is, well, not factored in at all. A common consensuses around here is that it is okay to steal from you because you can afford to buy more and they can’t.
That is truly how most of them justify taking things that do not belong to them. This isn’t all just opinion. I have a degree in Criminology and have read and seen these criminal traits here.
They are also immature, eager to fit in and prove themselves and they act without conscience. At that young impressionable age, they are egged-on to be aggressive, to be violent, which is another way to prove themselves, to prove their worth, their value.
They are praised for being violent and that much-desired praise, to belong, to fit in, overrides all other feelings. Over the years I lived here, there are more and more news headlines starting with “Mass grave of bodies found” or “Dismembered bodies located at”. The degree of the violence truly has reached a new level.
You also need to understand that Mexicans love to snitch. It is a favorite national pastime. The moment someone is caught doing something, or worse yet, an unfounded accusation is made, a story is generated and picked up by media outlets. There is so much misinformation published around here.
While I would never deny that Mexico has a crime problem, I think it’s only fair to admit that every country on this planet has this problem. The difference with Mexico is that the people are all to eager to tell stories, to snitch, regardless if it’s true or not and international media are also all to eager to pick up the story and run with it.
There are many, many, many areas of this country that I would never live in due to the amount of crime and level of violence. Over the years, Mexico has gotten better about running legitimate news coverage with photos and live video. As much as I love this country, which I do heart and soul, I could never deny the reality of what I see from reliable local news sources here any more than I could deny what I see from others around the world.