Crime in Mexico City, Mexico

Crime rates in Mexico City, Mexico

Level of crime
77.98 High
Crime increasing in the past 3 years
77.87 High
Worries home broken and things stolen
57.29 Moderate
Worries being mugged or robbed
74.77 High
Worries car stolen
64.43 High
Worries things from car stolen
68.16 High
Worries attacked
61.66 High
Worries being insulted
51.21 Moderate
Worries being subject to a physical attack because of your skin color, ethnic origin, gender or religion
29.74 Low
Problem people using or dealing drugs
67.92 High
Problem property crimes such as vandalism and theft
73.35 High
Problem violent crimes such as assault and armed robbery
78.32 High
Problem corruption and bribery
87.20 Very High

Safety in Mexico City, Mexico

Safety walking alone during daylight
50.72 Moderate
Safety walking alone during night
22.37 Low

Contributors: 562

Last update: November 2023

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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16 Comments so far
Anonymous on May 31, 2023:
would see the nightlife first soo much to do like the lights and the food trucks, people there are soooo NICE.
Jamieo on May 31, 2023:
Mexico city is amazing, completely safe no thefts or murders the entire time I was there. Shocking because you hear all these terrible things about it when its not so bad. If I were you I
Anonymous on Apr 29, 2023:
There is much to see in Mexico City. The museum’s are unbievable.! I lived in Mexico several years. The people who state Mexico City is fine, safe or had a fine time are living in a fantasy. I’ve been robbed substantially $$$ by police 3x in two hours. It was so bad they would radio ahead on the freeway with my vehicle description. Also, you should know there is a large kidnapping enterprise that the fed helps negotiate the payment. I’ll let you figure that out. Just check in at a hotel in Calle Tacuba. Watch the street from a safe place as dark sets in. You will watch people hurry and even run to make it in doors. I will say a good portion of Mexicans are abosutely the best people. Wonderful! If you are an adrenaline addict, head to Mexico with the belief it’s not dangerous and you can handle anything. Well, you can’t. You might be able to negotiate getting out of a robbery, but not a kidnap cell for months. I’m not into talking smack about other cultures or counties either. With extreme poverty , people will take extreme risks.
Anonymous on Feb 25, 2023:
Mexico City has gotten safer in the last couple of years btw.
Anonymous on Feb 25, 2023:
Absolute garbage in the comments.

The Middle East is far more violent than LatAm and Baghdad/Iraq are one of the most violent cities and countries in the world. This includes traditional criminal violence although you can partly blame the USA for letting the prisoners out.

For example, Baghdad is ranked by experts above every Brazilian and South African city for crime much less terrorism or war. Iraq is rated above both countries for crime as well.
Jeremy on Jan 20, 2023:
Sorry, not sure where these people are getting their experiences from. MC is perfectly fine. Its all fear mongering. Thousands upon thousands of foreigners here in MC and no issues.
The Truth on Jul 28, 2022:
Mexico City is a sheethole. The "good areas" are like living in the hood in Chicago or Detroit
Anonymous on Mar 04, 2022:
Oh please to the anonymous person on Dec 19, 2019 the Middle East is much safer than any Latin American country, you are safer even in a place like Iran/Saudi Arabia than Mexico City or Argentina, there is no people with guns or random cartels blowing up cars and beheading people, the ME places with those things are done by TERRORISTS or because they are at WAR not because the local people just do that for fun like LatinAM countries... Turkey,Iran,Saudi,UAE,Morocco,Azerbaijan,Armenia,Georgia,Lebanon,Qatar,Oman,Jordan,Tunisia,Israel and Kuwait literally any of these countries is safer than LatinAM, you don't need "a type 3 armored car" in ME and if you don't believe me here is a video of a European woman walking around alone at night in Baghdad Iraq, a country that has been through hell and yet is still safer than LatinAM
Susie Salinas on Jan 21, 2021:
Me and three of my friends got robbed at gunpoint by two guys in a motorcycle. This was in a street in Coyoacan, which is considered to be one of the safest areas in CDMX. They took all of our phones with the password to unlock them, wallets, money, ID, and my Apple watch. We reported it to the police immediately but these are professional criminals. Finding any lead is nearly impossible, unfortunately. Once we got home minutes later to track our phones, everything had been erased from the iCloud.
Isabella Guerra on Dec 16, 2020:
I want to claim I was have fraud with one doctor his is dentist in Guadalajara his from Venezuela , he don’t have diploma in his office I am very upset he was robe my money I need help for reporting
anonymous on Dec 02, 2020:
I go to Mexico a lot and have family there in my opinion it is a good place but it can be dangerous. However you will most likely be ok if you don't make people pay too much attention to you or stand out too much. Even though it is a dangerous place the people are usually warmhearted and welcoming and it has a lot of nice sides to it too.
Anonimo on Nov 05, 2020:
I am a spaniard who lived in Mexico DF for more than five years. Mexico is a nice country and mexicans are nice, willing to help at all times and fair people. But dont get wrong yourself: is a dangerous country.
The level of corruption and lack of trustability of police is outstanding, specially the "local", "transit" and "judicial" police. The only one you can have moderate trust is Federal police.
The level of crime and violence is moderate during daytime and severe during the night. Do not travel by car during the night, this is a must. Risk of kidnapping is moderate to high at all times, and the resolution of 90% of the cases is really sad.
In the past in CDMX it was different from one area to other (Polanco to city-centre or Interlomas to Santa Fe, Tlanepantla to Naucalpan...) but nowadays is much more indiscriminate... anyway avoid Tepito and downtown areas during the night. Some cities and states are much more complicated (Sinaloa, Tamaulipas, Veracruz, Guerrero, Guadalajara) than others (Yucatan, Chiapas) and is directly related to the cartels internal fights.
If you are going to move to MX for a certain period, consider to buy a type 3 armored car (second hand they are inexpensive), be aware of your surroundings at all times, avoid night street walks, do not use public transportation (street taxis, "peseros" and "combis"), just "Uber" and pay special attention to kids at all times in malls and by the street.
Rest is fine
Anonymous on Jun 15, 2020:
Avoid the areas under the US travel warning.

Note the US State Department hasn't worded it very well, they've made it look like 'Mexico City' doesn't have any areas under high risk advisories.

If you look closely parts of it are on level 3 (on a scale of 1 to 4). They've given the impression if you're not paying attention that all of Mexico City is on a lowly level 2 rating.
Anonymous on Apr 12, 2020:
Statistically the capital again had by far the most murders for a Mexican city in 2019 (around 4,000) but people need to remember; it is a lot bigger than the others.
Anonymous on Dec 19, 2019:
If I can add to what I wrote below, this also applies to cities elsewhere in Mexico and LatAm. The ME and Africa have always been more violent than Latin America and have always had more violent cities. LatAm is above-average violent, but it lacks that elite-level violence to be considered among the world's most violent regions.

Basically, beware fear-mongering journalism (WSJ, NYT, BI etc.) using bad data. Even if I admit parts of MC are under the U.S. warning.
Anonymous on Dec 03, 2019:
It's important to note that parts of Mexico City are under the travel warning issued by the U.S. government, a lot of people mistakenly think it isn't. This isn't correct. I can confirm that, yes, parts of the city are under a travel warning.

This doesn't mean it has the violence level of Middle Eastern or African cities that are within failed states. Like the vast majority of Latin America, it's still safe enough where you can take a vacation and be rest assured that nothing is likely to happen.