Crime in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

Crime rates in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

Level of crime
31.74 Low
Crime increasing in the past 3 years
58.06 Moderate
Worries home broken and things stolen
31.18 Low
Worries being mugged or robbed
28.99 Low
Worries car stolen
24.73 Low
Worries things from car stolen
32.80 Low
Worries attacked
21.24 Low
Worries being insulted
18.88 Very Low
Worries being subject to a physical attack because of your skin colour, ethnic origin or religion
11.41 Very Low
Problem people using or dealing drugs
35.64 Low
Problem property crimes such as vandalism and theft
39.78 Low
Problem violent crimes such as assault and armed robbery
30.32 Low
Problem corruption and bribery
61.68 High

Safety in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

Safety walking alone during daylight
87.11 Very High
Safety walking alone during night
60.79 High

Contributors: 95

Last update: October 2019

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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29 Comments so far

#Mary on Apr 10, 2019 :
I have been to PV 6 times. I have stayed the past 8 weeks in PV. I have never felt like I was in danger. Use your head and do not ask for trouble. If you are looking for trouble, you will find it. Looking for drugs or hanging out WASTED, YOU WILL FIND TROUBLE. There is crime everywhere. In the US we have hate crimes, rapes, terrorist (don't go to a night club you may get killed), and thieves. So please do not even try to go there it is so dangerous (US). Respect the town, Mexican people, and their culture. Live a little and try to make friends with the Mexican people...they do not bite.

I get it you want to have fun, just don't be a knuckle head.
#Marcel on Mar 14, 2019 :
AMAPAS HIT AGAIN! March 3, 2019, Amapas area condo robbed while sleeping at 5:38am. Keypad locked gate. Burglar came in extra VACANT bedroom/drapes drawn, DUAL slider patio door, that we had locked. He hid from security camera. Johnny bar in place, but does not prevent access from outside slider door. Should be safe right? Make sure your place of stay has doors/windows that do not slide open from outside (need permanent lock on these), bars on windows/doors, and check to see if any cleaning service has solidly locked up after. Have programmable safe (no key or combination) in room/condo bolted to building.

We've been coming to PV for over 35 years for 2/3 months stay. Never had a theft before. True, crime rate is not as high as corrupt Chicago, Il. People do not usually vacation in Chicago.

We are well traveled, in our 70's, and have never been robbed anywhere, until now. Make with translator and follow up on police report. Police came back, in a few hours, without translator, to returned some stolen documents: driver's license, social security card, after making police report at approximately 10am. Could not ask the police details on where/how they found my documents. Jewelry/watch/phone/cash/credit cards, misc were not. Lack of communication makes one skeptical. We will return once more to conclude business here, then not excited for future visits.

Thank God, we were not injured.
#Helen on Sep 14, 2018 :
My husband and i bought a condo here in Amapas and are so happy far no problems .. we have been here for 12 years on and off and finally this June closed on a condo people are friendly and go out of their way to make us happy I am Mexican decent ... they say i dont look it ... but i think i would still get the same respect as my husband who is American - Irish. Use the same judgement when you go out as you would in US we see more crime on TV local in Houston, TX and all over the US than we do in PV ... I am not going to live my life in fear ... Like i said use good judgement where you go ... not long ago Chicago had a killing of 8 and all of the shootings all over America .. happens all over the world .... If you do not want to be here you know where the airport is ... LEAVE... we love America and we love Mexico Have traveled alot in our lives and will continue ... Please remember violence is all over ... we feel in Mexico this is safer than the border towns
#Joe Moris on Aug 15, 2018 :
Bought my condo in the Hotel Zone in 2011. I've walked dark streets at 1am in the Romance District and felt safer than walking streets of San Diego at 10pm. The Mexican people are almost always welcoming and friendly. I find the negative stories on here hard to believe...especially someone saying banditos were attacking cars on the main road to the airport. There are undercover and uniformed cops everywhere and they know who butters their bread. Those so called bandits wouldn't have made it ten feet without being shot or accosted. The only pedestrians in the median are just Jay walking during red lights. I also have a home near San Blas...a slice of heaven on earth.
#James J kennedy on Jul 15, 2018 :
I was told 20 years ago by a taxi driver Domestic Violence is very high in PTO... With all the drugs and alcoholic I don't see DV getting better over two decades...
#Lakes on Jun 25, 2018 :
WE are heading to PV on Wednesday and look forward to a peaceful relaxing time. Being American and speaking some Spanish normally means the locals are kind in Mexico. It is their country and we will respect it while keeping a watchful eye on everything possible. I agree with Bruce we must show the respect needed in someone else's country. It is a beautiful place to visit.
#JW on May 31, 2018 :
I just returned from a week-long trip in PV. My friends and I stayed in a villa and used cabs to go in and out of downtown, daily (mostly at night). Everything felt really safe and normal. On our way to the airport to fly home, the traffic on the highway just stopped (we were about 5-10 minutes from the actual airport at this point, for context) and we saw about 5 guys in front of us, on the road and they were hauling rocks at people and cars. Then we notice that one of the guys is wilding a giant knife (like a huge chef's knife, not a switchblade or small dagger). And another guy is trying to open the passenger car doors of the cars directly in front of us. We narrowly escaped this b/c there was a few feet in front of us when he reached for our passenger door and our driver was smart to jerk the car away at the right time. The banditos moved on to the car behind us. That was really, truly scary. Definitely an isolated incident and unlikely to happen again if I went back, but it was a good reminder that so many areas in Mexico aren't as safe as they used to be.
#doris on Apr 06, 2018 :
The worst' crime' in that we can not stay there 365 days/yr and are only able to be there 2-3x/yr....
#Bruce Brooker on Mar 18, 2018 :
Be kind, be patient, be humble. Have respect. Make friends. LEARN SPANISH.
#Bruce Brooker on Mar 18, 2018 :
I have been visiting PVR and the mid W coast of Mexico since 1972. I have never had a problem with crime. I pau attention to my surroundings at all times and I listen to the locals. If they forsee any problems will know it. Do not act like a dumb tourist. You are not special...just live your life and enjoy Sweet Mexico.
#Bruce Brooker on Mar 18, 2018 :
My wife and I just spent 1 mnth in PV. Stayed in Olimpica near the stadium. We traveled by city bus all around. Took bus to El Tuito, Pitillal, Boca de Tomatlan. Sayulita. Not ONCE did we have any fear. Not ONCE were there any unfavourable situations. We do speak Spanish, but not completely fluent. Our Mexican hosts are kind and welcoming. We are Canadian. Mexicans and Canadians have much in common these trying days. Viva Mexico. Gracias. We look forward to visiting again.
#Anonymous on Jan 11, 2018 :
I just left Vallarta after a week stay at the Krystal and everything was more than fine. We never had any issues with cab drivers or police. We did a bunch of tours and activities outside the city itself and all was fine. We went to the board walk and didnt have any issues. I never once felt unsafe or affraid. We walked back from the marina at 11:30 at night and didnt have any issues.

Just be awar of your surroundings and dont be the stupid american getting sh#t faced at the bar.
#Anonymous on Oct 31, 2017 :
I have traveled to PV for the past 14 years and never had a problem. We walk miles day and night but stay in the main town areas and don't venture off on long drives or hikes. I would not suggest wearing you fancy watches and jewelry but I see people doing it and wonder what they are thinking. Why draw attention!
#Donald trump on Oct 30, 2017 :
Yeah so i took a trip to this dumpy place and guess what? I got mugged!
#Anonymous on Oct 25, 2017 :
In the past 9 months that i've lived here, I experienced more crime than I ever did in America. Including my family, we've had 2 phones stolen, our car broken into, our credit card number stolen at a restaurant, a girl started a fight with us at a bar, and we saw a crime scene on a busy street while going to the mall. Not to mention, there are A LOT of perverts here. Don't know if that's relevant here- but it really unsettled me and my mother.
#Re-evaluate on Oct 17, 2017 :
There is Crime in Vallarta, I would have argued against it tilll now. own a home in PV near Conchas Chinas. Person living there called me in terror that th ewater meter and electric meter were taken out at night. Then the caretaker next day found the house bolted from inside with gun waiving men and refusing entry. When they calle Dr he police, I was told, nothing was done, I still do not know, who has taken over the house. I am being told not to come because it is dangerous.
If this is not a nightmare, I don't know what would. E.
I do not owe any money to anyone. I do not do drugs. I do not have any enemies( at least none that I know of).
I am now having to hire attornies who are telling me that they will investigate and then file claims. When will I house: they can. It tell me. If Narcos are involved they do not know!!!
i love Vallarta. This is to alert any and all property owners to be extremely careful .
#Terry on Oct 14, 2017 :
Been there twice and only encountered helpful people from the cab drivers to the merchants.I don't go to the clubs even in America. Now a friend who was quite drunk took off walking and police brought her back battered and bruise. She has no idea exactly what happened but I don't blame PV..I blame her for her stupidity. The police brought her back at 6am where no one had any idea she left at 2am not even her boyfriend. The police did not ask for a bribe or payment and were quite helpful in her return. Just my experience. Stuff happens everywhere.
#Gringo on Jul 29, 2017 :
What a nasty bit of posting .. and your name fits too a tee.. b obama ..if it wasnt for Drugs and corruption .. Detroit, Chicago, Memphis, Newark ..anyone see a pattern here??? The rule of law is not firmly entrenched in Mexico .. but the tourist areas are generally safe.
#Ron on Mar 13, 2017 :
i have lived in Vallarta for 20 years off and on, own 2 homes in Vallarta that I have built, and I have never had a single incidence when I have been the victim of a crime or corruption. Obviously it exists, but my other home, Seattle, over the last 20 years my car has been broken into 3 times, I have been robbed on the street, and have had two home invasions - and I live in an upscale neighborhood. So quit you whining. Vallarta is safer than most American cities. Shit happens from time to time, get used to it.
#Mike on Jan 29, 2017 :
We Have Been Going To Puerto Vallarta For 17 Years. We Have Never Had Anyone But Vendors Bother Us. Stay In The United States And Travel To Chicago. I Would Walk The Streets At Night In Puerto Vallarta Before I Would Walk At Night In My City!
#Kevin on Dec 11, 2016 :
I have been going to Puerto Vallarte for over ten years. I have never once felt un safe anywhere I have traveled in or around Jalisco or neighbouring states. I do not "do" the bar scene in Mexico or Canada for obvious reasons. Intoxicated people, no matter who they are are not the best intended people out there.
But hey you can go to a night club in hmmm let's say, Orlando, fla. And feel perfectly safe, right???? Or maybe just drop your child off at their elementary school and have NO worries that they will be safe.
My point is there is no perfectly safe places on this planet because of no one knows what another person is going to do. The best you can do is live your life the best you can and treat other people the way you want to be treated. Not talk down to them because they are the maid or waiter. You reap what you sew, meaning if you treat others like crap then you will not have a pleasant experience.
#contenderguy on Sep 25, 2016 :
I vacationed here three times, became friends with locals, joined in on local festivals outside of the city and always felt very welcomed and at ease. That ended on the last visit when there were armed men with machine guns outside the Krystal night club. Needless to say it did not make me feel welcome there any longer. Who needs it on vacation. So as much as I miss Mexico, I will not be back because of the risk of violence. I take my chances in America. That's enough.
#gg on Aug 04, 2016 :
I would suggest that anywhere in the world if you are leaving a bar at night there are problems ... that does not take brain surgery - I live in Vancouver Canada and would think twice about leaving the bars late at night.. perhaps the taxi drivers are different and the police but hey you are in Mexico - so wise up to what country you are in... when in rome do as the romans do.. live and learn.. most people world wide are good.. so look and see what your behaviour is before you insult the mexicans - whoever the person is that has nothing to say but insulting remarks - you are a fool
#Jan Porter on Jun 12, 2016 :
I was told that it was very safe and that the cartels stayed out of the tourist areas. I don't want to live in town, I would rather live 20 miles out away from the craziness.... What is the stats on jobs in this area, part-time of course....
#Karina on Apr 13, 2016 :
I think the safety level of a city is always dragged down quite a bit when you factor in the "at-the-bar" or "after-the-nightclub" environment because EVERYWHERE is worse when people (criminals and victims!!) are drunk. Tourist perception is important to a certain extent, but what do Residents think? How safe do THEY feel? I am a native of Las Vegas so I understand how it really is two separate worlds between "them" and "the rest of us". Puerto Vallarta has issues like anywhere else, police corruption/la mordida like most of México, but still feels much safer than most American cities.
#Richard on Apr 05, 2016 :
This evening we were walking the boardwalk from the malecon to our hotel in old town. In front of the park a man comes down the stairs and hits me across the back with the handle of a golf club. 3 tourism police were there and watched, when I turned around one of them said that's not him. The female officer came down and said I'm sorry we are looking for a man with dark hair, mine is more salt than pepper. Others around me saw and we're going to go after the guy. The tourism police were fine with me being assaulted and I didn't want all of us to go to jail. So watch out for the tourism police they apparently think it's fine to assault visitors.
#Anonymous on Mar 20, 2016 :
Not sure where you people are hanging out. I say you sleep with dogs you get fleas. Apply that to where you are hanging. PV is a safe town, th taxi drivers are hard working people as are the service industry, shop owners. Perhaps you need to take a look at your person.
#B Obama on Mar 19, 2016 :
Whoever wrote this stupid incompetent dimwitted brain dead report needs to have their mouth and anal cavity butt plugs removed! This report is the stupidest dumbest most dim witted brain dead
report in all of Mexico! When was the last time you had a throat and anal examination?
What Mexican public nursing home did you crawl up out of?
#Dmill on Feb 15, 2016 :
Yeap your right every taxi driver a drug dealer infancy every corner there was a guy selling weed and Coke