Crime in Mexico City, Mexico

Crime rates in Mexico City, Mexico

Level of crime
74.62 High
Crime increasing in the past 3 years
75.88 High
Worries home broken and things stolen
60.53 High
Worries being mugged or robbed
74.87 High
Worries car stolen
63.96 High
Worries things from car stolen
64.80 High
Worries attacked
59.31 Moderate
Worries being insulted
49.75 Moderate
Worries being subject to a physical attack because of your skin colour, ethnic origin or religion
28.83 Low
Problem people using or dealing drugs
67.35 High
Problem property crimes such as vandalism and theft
73.18 High
Problem violent crimes such as assault and armed robbery
77.05 High
Problem corruption and bribery
84.11 Very High

Safety in Mexico City, Mexico

Safety walking alone during daylight
49.87 Moderate
Safety walking alone during night
20.56 Low

Contributors: 200

Last update: December 2017

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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18 Comments so far

#Sara on Nov 27, 2017 :
Mobile device was robbed from me getting onto the Metro at Xocalo station. Thief reached into my pocket and grabbed it while I was getting onto train, he ran off down the platform as the doors closed. Sad, I hope he burns in Mexican hell.
#Cid on Nov 10, 2017 :
Just got robbed and mugged on the subway in Mexico City. No help from the authorities and from no one else. There all in on the take-including the "law enforcement officials". As a Mexican American I felt safe and confident in my surroundings, but always kept my head on a swivel; however this time it was different. After walking and walking I felt tired so I decided to take the subway back to my hotel. Getting on the subway was easy, but getting off was a huge struggle. All the pushing and shoving led to someone grabbing me from behind and swiping me of my belongings. It stings but I'm sure I'll get over it. But what I won't get over is how dangerous MexicoCity is, in fact all of the country seems to be in a "dog eat dog" kind of existence. Ultimately, I've decided never to return and spend my earnings in this half-baked backwards cowtown again.
#Eve on Oct 05, 2017 :
Kitsune's comments are so vile.
Yes, Mexico City is dangerous, particularly in some areas, but it's ridiculous to say that it's not worth visiting or that Mexicans don't think their city is dangerous. I have many Mexican friends and they love their country of course but they are aware of and saddened by all of that violence and corruption.

I think for visitors, as long as you are aware of surroundings and stay out of sketchy areas and don't wander around at night, you'll be just fine. Last time I was in Mexico City, I was alone. I'm a very pale, blue-eyed, white Canadian woman and I took the Subway, went to plenty of neighborhoods and walked around by myself, didn't have a problem. Of course I wouldn't have done that after dark, or in some areas of the city that I know to be dangerous. And I didn't wear jewelry or carry anything valuable besides my phone.

Is Mexico City more dangerous than your average American or Canadian city? Likely. Is it still worth visiting? Absolutely. It's beautiful, the food is amazing, and honestly, the people are great.
#Steve on Aug 22, 2017 :
I just spent four nights in the Zona Rosa and I thought it was lovely. I live in San Francisco where I'm always on guard and fear for my safety and I felt much much safer in Mexico City than I do here in SF! I did stick to the touristy areas such as the historic district and the Zona Rosa and I'm sure if you ventured into the wrong neighborhood you might be in for a little bit of trouble, just like you would in pretty much every city in the world
#Enrique Gutiérrez on Aug 18, 2017 :
I was born in Mexico City and i've always lived here, this is of course a very beautiful city but that doesn't take away the fact that it has become one of the most dangerous cities in America, of course like every city there are safe zones and neighborhoods but they are actually the minority, most of the city is full with vandalism specially the zones of Naucalpan, Neza and Ecatepec, if you are a tourist then dont worry about the downtown, the Zocalo and that zone is very safe in respect of being victim of an armed robbery or a kidnap, this is one of the most monitored areas on the city because of the toruism. Also the Colonia Roma, Colonia Condesa, Coyoacán, Reforma, Polanco and Del Valle are safe too. But please stay away of dangerous zones because the city has now become very unsafe because of the corruption that is living the full country.
#Pedro on Jul 28, 2017 :
Definitely a very dangerous city in spite of the old "it never happened to me so crime does not exist" nonsense. Even knew one local who claimed all the stories about murders were "fake news" made up my foreigners! There is a good reason there are cops armed to the teeth in rich hoods like Polanco etc.
#Oscar G. on May 21, 2017 :
Mexican from south of Mexico City.
Mexico City is a large city , give it respect as any capital city in world. Is not hell in earth and is not donkey town. Respect like your own city, for example going out in a dark street with nobody around by night wearing sandals, short pants, hawaiian shirt, sunglasses and a big camera on your hands...common sense.
Mexico City is very touristic place so is safe going to touristic places. If is your first time please keep in touristic areas, don't let your belongs alone, put your bag in front of you to avoid buglars and pickpokets. Enjoy the rest.
If is your second time or more in Mexico City now you know what kind of places avoid and know better how to move around so you can use public buses and explore more places.
You just have to use commmon sense, what is common sense? You are visiting one of the biggest cities in the world, same population as New York, Mumbai, Beijing or Sao Paulo, take same seriousness as any other of those cities.
Worried by war on drugs? No, please. I'm been living in this beautiful city by 30 yrs and never suffer of any crime but just because I'm lucky and my common sense.
#Dave Burke on Jan 30, 2017 :
Thinking of going to Mexico city for holiday,I'm from England and wanted to know best-safest place to stay.
#JuanG on Jul 17, 2016 :
I lived in Mexico City for 6 months in Colonia Condesa and personally never was subject to any crime. Being a student i would walk around with a laptop and other objects in a ruksack, on the metro and on buses, something which you have to be cautious about but I believed that if you look cautious and like you are protecting something you are more likely to be robbed. I would often go alone to the bus terminal at Tacubaya late at night after classes, with the belongings mentioned earlier, and have something to eat before catching the next bus and felt perfectly safe. There were other areas of the city that i visited, which are considered more dangerous than others, such as Plaza Aragon and Tepito, places where i wouldn't go alone at night, but during the day I would visit again. So my perception of Mexico City is that it is a safe city, as long as you us your common sense.
#Anonymous on Jun 26, 2016 :
I lived in nesa in Mexico City never had a problem as long as you dress down and don't walk around after dark
#Esteban on Jun 02, 2016 :
@ #Kitsune your comments are so visceral and destructive, that you only end up damaging your own credibility

I have visited the city many times. Last visit was the best: stayed in zona rosa, walked all the way from the Castle to the Zocalo... marvelous experience... incredible cultural richness: Colonial architecture, pre-hispanic marvels, 21st century skylines with a huge urban forest; and the best food scene; Mexico City is a paradise for foodies.

Walked also around Polanco, Roma, Condesa... never felt threatened... Mexico City is safer than most major US cities
#Kitsune on Apr 28, 2016 :
Alright, I have been in that disgusting place and those who say "ppl who say bad things about mexico are wrong, you need to live in mexico" are nationalists. Those human scums wont accept the reality of the place they are living in.

I have been assaulted/robbed a total of 6 times. 2 were on police officers' behalf, I believe I almost got kidnapped (I say I believe because I managed to escape from the person which was forcing me to walk towards specific directions). The fact that it is a third world hell does not help at all, over population and poverty are the main problems. If you happen to go somewhere far from your home/the place you are residing in please make sure you go with 1 or more ppl at least since it is safer (and you have a better time).

Every mexi-can't (I call them that way for several reasons) lives in a special metaphorical bubble where everything is fine and nice and nothing ever happens, the fact that murders, torture and rapes are a common thing somehow is ignored by them and taken as an "exaggeration" If somebody asked me if visiting mexico is worth it I would say no, it is not. If you have the money to travel somewhere far from where you lie I suggest better countries such as Spain, Philippines or Puerto Rico. Being in mexico you literally have to be afraid of everyone, not just "shady" people. And the most important things are not drawing attention to yourself, never carry anything expensive on yourself, never ask anybody for directions not because they might be mean ppl that could direct you somewhere dangerous, mainly because out of 10 ppl only 1 or 2 will know how to get to the place you are looking for but 8/10 would give you indications on how to get there, regardless if they know how to get there or not)
#Maytte on Dec 26, 2015 :
I live in D.f Mexico city, im 19 years; i dont live in a "best neighborhood" i live in a popular zone -Centro Historico- i´ve been mugged around 3 times and the last week someone broke my house into, i felt terrible and now im emotionally vulnerable. But i think there are many dangerous places around the city and the country, and of course all over the world. I am mexican, so my observations are: keep a low profile, dont call too much the attention with expensive cars or clothes. Of course in some "affluent areas" you'll see very reach people -and then the situation changes- anyway you must always take your measures in any part of the city, specially if you go to "rude zones". And if you´re foreigner you probably run the risk of being easily assaulted, because of your physical features and accent. Though i know foreign people and they love Mexico city,so, is only a matter of time, once you get used to, you are part of the city. Walk with confidence and try to know the streets, the hoods/ghettos, and an universal rule, be polite with everybody and that´s what you'll receive back. Dont be afraid of mexico!
#Eduardo on Aug 28, 2015 :
I have lived in Mexico City (not DF, Satélite) 21 years and I have benn mugged 4 times, 2 of them with a gun. Of course there are more dangerous places in the city than others, but overall it's a dangerous city, especially if you drive a nice car or wear nice clothes, even beign fair-skinned increases the chance of beign mugged or assaulted. So be cautious and aware of your surroundings.
#Sergio on Jun 03, 2015 :
well, México City is actually dangerous and not accepting that is simply not accepting the truth.

Me and my family were assaulted last month in polanco (one of the best neighborhoods) at 4:00 pm Saturday.

They pointed a gun at my baby's stroller.

If you live here you don't have to be scared all the time, but definitely be cautious.
#Manuel on Apr 01, 2015 :
You need to live in Mexico City to be able to give your opinión. Those who say Mexico City is very dangerous have no idea about it or haven´t lived in Mexico City. It is true there are some specific areas where you have to be more carefull, but most places are safe. I have never been robbed in 38 years and I have many foreign friends who live very happy here.
#Debunking popular myths on Nov 09, 2014 :
Mexico City is a city of somewhere in the region of 21 to 24 million inhabitants and I hope you're using this delimitation Numbeo. It is *not* a city of 9 million. The smaller population is based on a methodological fallacy widely used by either children or non-experts in general. It is [in fact] a city of at least 20 million. That's the first point.

The second point I would like to make is that Mexico City's murder rate has doubled from 2007 to 2012, and it's almost certainly increased in 2013 and probably 2014 as well. You would not believe this if you listened to the media. Some of the typical, farcical quotes I've outlined below-

"It gets safer and safer every year"

"The city has a lower murder rate than Chicago"

"Compared to 10 years ago the city is safer than heaven" etc. etc.

Very, very strange.
#guillermo on Oct 22, 2014 :
please!, all cities in the world have safe and dangerous places, and Mexico City is not an exception!