Is Mexico City safe?

Find out about crime in Mexico City. Types of crime, the court system and what to do in a natural disaster...<br>

The most common type of crime in Mexico City is property crime including petty theft, vandalism and robberies. Violent crime is less common in Mexico City than in other parts of the country.

Key statistics for crime in Mexico City

• 25% below the national average for violent crimes, including murder, assault, rape, kidnapping, extortion and drug war homicides, noting that Mexico’s violent crime rates are often well below those of other countries
• above the national average for property crimes, including robbery and car theft, crimes related to organized crime, and extortion
• at the national average for house burglary, but twice the national average for business burglary
• above the national average for car theft, although Mexico’s car theft rates are lower than Australia, the USA, Spain, and Japan

Source: Semaforo, which publishes a crime map of Mexico (in Spanish)

Government warnings and travel advice

Many governments encourage their nationals in Mexico to register their personal and emergency contact information with local embassies or consulates. Additionally, many governments issue travel advisories to alert their citizens living in or travelling to Mexico about specific security concerns, or areas to avoid. 

For more information about travel advisories:
• US Department of State Website
• UK Government Travel Advice
• Government of Canada Travel Advisories

It is unusual for foreign governments to advise against travel to Mexico City although particular areas within the city may be identified as relatively unsafe and some regions in the greater state may appear on travel warnings. 

The National Insitute for Migration (Instituto Nacional de Migración - INM) operates a program called the Programa Paisano to inform people travelling to, from or within Mexico about their rights and obligations and to combat corruption.  The INM publishes a comprehensive guide, the Guía Paisano, with information for Mexican and non-Mexican nationals about entry and exit procedures, documentation, import regulations for personal items, cars, animals and other regulations.  The guide also provides recommendations for travel within Mexico by car, including planning guides and breakdown services. 

Also included is an extensive list of government service points across the country and illustrations of the official uniforms of various government agents including the police, army, and immigration officials. 

The Department of Communications and Transport (Secretaría de Comunicaciones y Transportes) maintains a route planning website. Clicking on the Programa Paisan icon shows recommended routes between major destinations, and to maps of police stations, tourism offices, washrooms, and locations of Green Angels (Angeles Verdes, a system of practical support for visitors to Mexico in times of natural disaster).  This route planner is also available via an app.

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