Crime in Mexico City, Mexico

Crime rates in Mexico City, Mexico

Level of crime
79.26 High
Crime increasing in the past 3 years
81.32 Very High
Worries home broken and things stolen
59.22 Moderate
Worries being mugged or robbed
76.53 High
Worries car stolen
66.39 High
Worries things from car stolen
69.24 High
Worries attacked
62.76 High
Worries being insulted
50.96 Moderate
Worries being subject to a physical attack because of your skin color, ethnic origin, gender or religion
28.45 Low
Problem people using or dealing drugs
68.75 High
Problem property crimes such as vandalism and theft
74.52 High
Problem violent crimes such as assault and armed robbery
80.50 Very High
Problem corruption and bribery
89.17 Very High

Safety in Mexico City, Mexico

Safety walking alone during daylight
50.06 Moderate
Safety walking alone during night
19.94 Very Low

Contributors: 432

Last update: November 2020

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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19 Comments so far
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.
Kevin on Sep 11, 2019:
Mexico City is fine. I never have had a problem. People are nice and I've drank out of the water fountain and didn't have an issue. The important thing I can say is learn some basic Spanish and be polite.
Anonymous on Aug 31, 2019:
I'm a Englishman living in Mexico city for last 3 months and its such a fantastic city, The people are great and very warm and keep focused on were you are but I love this place and in fairness I always avoid western areas and prefer local people areas and ive never had a issue, I take precautions of course I use a wallet which is attached around a belt loop then inside pocket, I walk with confidence by not looking lost, I'm white Blue eyes brown hair and yes people look but I don't mind that I make every effort to be polite and respect this great city, Ive made a few friends now some of which I have to use google to translate, Just get involved and enjoy the culture, If you see obvious trouble try to avoid, avoid rush hour times on the metro and buses etc keep to main lit up streets, use UBER to travel from A to B at night, I walk myself but that's me and never have issues even stop off av a hotdog on my walks from the stalls in the street, I do read read though that there is assaults etc, yes wrong time wrong place maybe, Plan your route and try to avoid potential threats on yourself, Ive seen people walk past me earphones in all dressed up etc no observation or situational awareness to anything, keep switched on and enjoy life. Just my thought and I live and work all over the world, Mexico City is awesome
Foreignincdmx on Nov 14, 2018:
I lived in Polanco for about a year and half. I never use metro and have a old car on purpose. During the last year our friend (we have only about a 10 friends) got robbed 2 times with a gun in their car, 2 times in the market and our appartmant was robbed 3 times by the same man, security catched him, we had him on the video and they would release him the same day. They say he is now dead. Our windows have bars and our house has wired and electric tape around. We have alarm and security and still we got robbed. Nothing was stolen, but the person acted like crazy. Last week there was an armed robbery of someone taking cash out of the bank. Somebody tried to kidnap someone in Mariano Escobero, very busy street, his security killed the guy and poloce now want to prosecute the person, who was protecting himslef. The whole thing is on the video. We hear every week about people being kidnapped or getting in the armed robbery in the car places like Reforma or here in Polanco, which everybody considers "save". So what is wrong with people here? Why police would never help you? I xome from eastern Europe and we can walk at night, ride metro drunk at night and go by myself and never get robbed or raped. Kidbapping for money is a thing we do not know. 98 od percents of murders get solved and people go to jail even for a minor crimes if they reocure. We are not rich country, but we have a respecr for police, justice system and especially for each other. I am tired of riding uber everywhere. I would like to take metro and not get ny stuff taken. My teacher of spanish got her phone stolen 4 times over an half year riding from Polanco to south/Unam. I am tired of being suspicious and having my head on the watch. I feel save walking in Polanco during a day, but I wish I would not to worry, which street I have to take when it get a little bit dark. A lot of crimes here are random, but they are comon. Like shoodting between the cartles at the Garibaldi just a day before Grito. And any news that the murder was solved? There is only about 2 percent chance that it will be solved and police does not bother to solve crimes like a small personal robbery. "According to the CNDH, only one out of every ten crimes is reported in Mexico; this is due to lack of trust from citizens to the authorities. Furthermore, only one out of 100 reported crimes actually goes to sentencing." ... and the city is beautiful, people are nice, but all of this .. i only ask why?
Chris on May 28, 2018:
I've been living here for a month now, before that I was in Reynosa a "red zone" "do not travel ever. I have felt safe in all of mexico. I have walked through Guerrero at midnight with my girlfriend, I've partied in el Centro until 4am.. I've drank in zona rosa until 4am.. I got lost and jumped in a car with a bunch of Colombian girls went to a club until 7am in la condesa and they dropped me off at home after. I've walked in alot of places alone day and night i even considered sleeping on a bench in Parque mexico becuase my phone died and I couldn't find my house. I have an apartment in la condesa and I never fear anything happening especially here. After all I just came from one of the most dangerous cities in the world without a problem I heard three cartel shootouts during the day in Reynosa. I feel very safe in mexico city, the people are great and welcoming as long as you're not that asshole who doesn't want to learn spanish and expects everyone to cater to you. Don't carry a wallet, you should never need more then $1000-$2000 pesos on you Keep everything in your front pockets and always have two cellphones.. your good one with banking info and important stuff keep at home and an older one for using Uber, GPS etc.. it's just as dangerous as any other city anywhere in the world.. I feel safer here downtown then in my own city Edmonton Alberta at night.. the people of mexico are amazing and always willing to help you when you need it.
irma on Jan 22, 2018:
I don't know why its so much news ab0ut mexico and murders ,it makes seem that people is walking around with guns just killing ,that bs..,what is bad, is that by accident one might be totally in the middle of the fights and shooting between cartels people. but if you go to Mexico (not the capital) but many other places or estates. its so nice,clean and peaceful. that it contradicts all the bad news you hear about it in the tv or radio, people is warm and polite. most of the crimes are happening among people that is involved in drug dealing.kidnapping are mostly happening among very well known people for their fame and money.average people doesnt get kidnap/ I must say that you don't walk around with fear because you think will witness crimes all over the place.no no no it does not happen like that.I don't think one can experience the friendliness in other countries as one feel in Mexico.if you travel to Mexico there are some universal safety procedures to follow . you don't get in a public transportation like a bus,you don't go to places just to explore wioth out knowing whats going on. ,you don't carry your purse with all the money and imp. doc. and be careless when walking around.always stay in near everybody else and with there is
plenty of light. but this is what you do anywhere you travel. Bad news are inflated and out of proportion which always seems to be important for USA to sabotage the revenue coming from tourist into Mexico.
E.Nafarro on Jan 11, 2018:
To whom it may conern:

Respond to questions were made immediately based on personal experience, newspapers stats and, tv cases reported.
For personal reasons lived in Tijuana, Baja California for four years in a good neighborhood near the Caliente Casino, owned by Hank Rohn and in my house occurred once burglary and in my two houses away from mine they kidnapped one of the members of their family.
Two days before this date while reading the newspaper in Mexico City, on first page said:In Tijuana, in the first week there has been 40 executions and on the local news here in Mexico City, another journalist was murdered.
Hope this may help you.
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.