Mexico is Safer Than Other Popular Destinations
Mexico, one of the world’s most popular tourist destinations, is often singled out for violent crime without telling the whole story. While there is sporadic violence along parts of the U.S. border, the majority of Mexico’s key tourism areas are not only safe, but far safer than many other tourist areas COMPARE POPULAR TRAVEL DESTINATIONS
The Yucatan is as Safe as Rural U.S. States
The magnificent beaches and ancient ruins of the Mexican state of Yucatan are among the safest and most spectacular resort beaches in the world. Yucatan’s low homicide rate is lower than the rural U.S. states of Wyoming, Montana, Oregon, North Dakota, West Virginia , and several others. COMPARE U.S. CITIES TO MEXICO and Merida is even lower, about 1. Actually crime is not tolerated in Merida. It has the distinction of the lowest crime rate per capita in all of Mexico.
Why is Mexico shown in a negative light? There is money to be made by sensationalizing violence. Drug cartels launch graphic attacks to secure and protect their turf. Media firms hype stories to sell more ads or magazines. And powerful politicians have an interest in slowing the growth of Latino voters in the U.S. Each group enhances perceptions with ulterior motives. The reality is simple: if you are in the drug trade looking for trouble, you can find it. If you are visiting Mexico’s tourist areas, you are safer than you are in most U.S. tourist areas.
In fact Merida is the safest city in Mexico and you can read about in Just How Safe Is Merida
Tourism Police – What really makes Merida safe!
The Tourism Police are a friendly and professional group of young men and women especially trained by the Yucatán Police Department to assist and help all of you amigos who visit the Yucatán, particularly Mérida. They are the first generation of graduates from the Luís Sotelo Regil Police Academy of Mérida, and are here to help you any way they can.
You can find most members of the Tourist Police around the hotel zone and downtown Mérida, where they patrol both on foot and on motorcycles. You can contact them by phone at (999) 942 0060 any time, seven days a week.
Their job is to offer assistance, free of charge, and to advise you on all relevant tourist information you might need, including where to find consulates, hospitals, drugstores, restaurants and other resources.