Crime in Cancun, Mexico

Crime rates in Cancun, Mexico

Level of crime
61.08 High
Crime increasing in the past 3 years
74.05 High
Worries home broken and things stolen
56.96 Moderate
Worries being mugged or robbed
59.38 Moderate
Worries car stolen
50.95 Moderate
Worries things from car stolen
57.50 Moderate
Worries attacked
53.48 Moderate
Worries being insulted
41.78 Moderate
Worries being subject to a physical attack because of your skin color, ethnic origin, gender or religion
30.92 Low
Problem people using or dealing drugs
62.50 High
Problem property crimes such as vandalism and theft
57.81 Moderate
Problem violent crimes such as assault and armed robbery
57.93 Moderate
Problem corruption and bribery
73.03 High

Safety in Cancun, Mexico

Safety walking alone during daylight
62.34 High
Safety walking alone during night
40.94 Moderate

Contributors: 82

Last update: July 2022

These data are based on perceptions of visitors of this website in the past 3 years.

If the value is 0, it means it is perceived as very low, and if the value is 100, it means it is perceived as very high.

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5 Comments so far
Diane on Sep 25, 2021:
I have lived in Cancun for the last 14 years and crime has increased 100 fold.
A very good friend of mine (Australian) was shot to death two weeks ago, one of my properties was burglarized this week, and armed men inside a white truck stopped traffic in front of my best friend yesterday. No, Csncun is not safe anymore. I live in a high end area, and it used to be paradise. Not any more. We actually live in fear now, but can't leave yet.
Walt Bell on Jan 09, 2020:
I am in Cancun for approximately 165 days per year average. Never had a problem. In downtown area most of the time. Day or night no problem. I hear of problems but actually see none other than overcrowded. The key is to avoid the bad areas / sectors.
Jim Baskin on Nov 11, 2019:
I lived and worked in downtown Cancun from January 2019 through June 2019. Wonderful people and a safe place. I was careful but felt safer than walking around downtown Seattle (where I normally live). Very few street/homeless people out during the day and no one out at night. Women walked alone all day and into the evening. I was out late at night a few times and saw very few people on the streets, often no one else. Good to be safe and I tried to stay very aware of people and the situation at night - and there were no threats. Again, safer than Seattle at night - much less threatening. The hotel zone has a lot of police to keep tourists super safe. Downtown has more police than most US cities and they seemed to do a good job. My biggest concern is making sure I only ride in taxi's I call, unlicensed taxi's is the one thing that I continue to worry about. I do not worry about being attacked on the street.
Anonymous on Mar 06, 2019:
If you are paranoid and believe everything you read in the news...then don't bother coming to Cancun. I've lived here for more than10 years and never felt endangered. Definitely not worse than any other city in US or Canada
Pete on Feb 25, 2019:
I travel to Cancun once or twice a year (15+ times total, including three times in the last 12 months) and always feel safe, especially in the hotel zone. There is a significant uptick in gang violence in parts of downtown Cancun, so avoiding those areas is advised, however, it's rare for a tourist to venture outside the hotel zone anyway, and it's even more rare for a tourist to be the victim of a violent crime. I would venture that many of these negative comments are from people who have never been there, or who simply use their news sources as their truth without thinking it through. I live in Columbus Ohio and I feel safe here, but do I venture to the Hilltop for dinner? No, because there are higher crime rates. Cancun is no different that any other city in the states or anywhere else for that matter.