Crime in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

Crime rates in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

Level of crime
38.16 Low
Crime increasing in the past 3 years
60.08 High
Worries home broken and things stolen
38.98 Low
Worries being mugged or robbed
34.24 Low
Worries car stolen
28.66 Low
Worries things from car stolen
35.99 Low
Worries attacked
24.58 Low
Worries being insulted
19.96 Very Low
Worries being subject to a physical attack because of your skin color, ethnic origin, gender or religion
12.50 Very Low
Problem people using or dealing drugs
36.84 Low
Problem property crimes such as vandalism and theft
44.70 Moderate
Problem violent crimes such as assault and armed robbery
34.03 Low
Problem corruption and bribery
64.16 High

Safety in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

Safety walking alone during daylight
87.29 Very High
Safety walking alone during night
60.62 High

Contributors: 121

Last update: June 2021

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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36 Comments so far
Stefan Cansler on Jan 13, 2021:
You’ve done a very good job conveying your passion with accurate information.
ChicanoMan323 on Sep 13, 2020:
Dude, no one travels to Mexico more than Americans do. I don’t know if you know this, but there are 40 million Americans of Mexican descent, meaning a lot of Mexicans have family in the United States. Why do britons and Canadians think they’re so much better than Americans? Of course we know how to act, we’re more familiar to Mexican culture than probably any other culture is. If you want an honest opinion, Mexicans generally think Americans are really nice. Like I said, most Mexicans have family in the US.
HampshireMan on Sep 11, 2020:
My wife and myself have been taking holidays in Mexico, mainly visiting Puerto Vallarta, since 2013, without any problems. We take public transport and taxis to get about with no problems. I’m a British national, my wife is an American. I am a Spanish speaker, albeit not a fluent speaker, but enough to make contact with the locals. We believe in treating people the way we would want to be treated: friendly and out-going, not condescending, as it seems most Americans can be when travelling abroad. Britons and Canadians travel more outside of their respective countries, than do Americans, thus knowing how to behave as guests in a foreign country, and, for the most part, avoid loutish behaviour! Learn some Spanish, read-up on the area your visiting and treat the locals as equals, not as your servants.
ChicanoMan323 on Sep 03, 2020:
I don’t want to scare you, but it isn’t uncommon for cartels to deal with people who harm tourists/EXPATS in an unorthodox fashion. It seems like he committed a hit and run. If he stuck around to help you out I would believe your initial assumption. Beach cities are safe because they’re heavily invested by cartels, and they want you to return and keep spending money. They do actually protect foreigners, that’s not a myth.
Bev F on Sep 03, 2020:
I thought the taxi authority is probably protecting him. Why kill him? There were witnesses, but I guess they have all disappeared.
ChicanoMan97 on Sep 02, 2020:
I can assure you.... that Taxi driver is probably dead.
Bev F on Aug 29, 2020:
On February 5th, I was walking down the south side of calle Allende, almost to the Malecon, when I felt a crunch on my head. That is the last thing I remember until I came to. There were police, an ambulance and curious onlookers. Turns out I was hit by a taxi. I have a case number and hired an attorney. No luck. The license number given to the police is no longer in the system. I loved living in PV. I walked daily. I am so disappointed in Puerto Vallarta and its lawlessness. It is not a safe place anymore.
Mexicdn on Jul 20, 2020:
Anyone who even remotely suggests that Cdns don't tip well us simply showing their lack of comprehension. It's easy to tip well when you're getting over 30% more for your dollar. So when you buy something for 600 pesos and pay less than $30/us we're paying $40/ cdn. So you tip %10. That's $3/US and $4/CDN. So we barter INTELLIGENTLY in order to get a fair price. Also, and in case you weren't aware, CDNs are loved by more Mexican ppl than Americans. Sorry to burst your bubble but Mexican ppl only tolerate your arrogant superior attitude because your redneck buck is hi on the financial markets. Reality sucks. Funny how that works but ask a taxi driver about a good bar and they'll be able to tell you where every "Canadian" bar is but not any "American" bars. God I hate stupidity. Whether you're Canadian or American in Vallarta makes no difference to any of us who live here full time. All we care about is that you're nice, enjoy pleasant company and conversation, and laugh. Other than that we don't truly care
RobertH on Mar 19, 2020:
I have lived here for 2 years full time and the crime is increasing as well as issues with the local police.
It's generally safe but it's no no crime free paradise without problems on Jan 07, 2020:
Villa In puerto Vallarta
Crime rate. Is it safe place to visit
Anonymous on Dec 14, 2019:
You are all on some amazing crack! PV is one of the safest places in all of America's !!!

Canadian can be cheap, however we don't tend to tip the gas bar, the taxi driver or on ever bloody drink we get at a resort. We do tip on food services as bars and restaurants. America's tip (over tip) on everything they touch.

We are not haggling for cheap purchase's when vendor's want to pay equal for something we can buy at home it's not a good deal. Example, we are here right now and they want 400 pesco for a women's Beach hat. That hat is worth 10.00 CDN, why you can buy the exact same beach hat at home from the Bay for 25.00 bucks.

Majority of these comments come from people that have a no clue about anything.

Go educate yourself, talk to the expats that spend time in Mexico or PV. Get away from the resorts and cruise ship port people and truly meet PV.
Amonymous on Nov 29, 2019:
Dufuss, Canadians are not too popular in PV because of the greediness and cheapness they tippers and they barter way too low! I have asked taxi drivers, waiters, maids, and anyone in the service industry who the best tippers were and this was the unanimous reply....Americans no 1, Mexicans no 2, canadians were no 3, French Canadians dont tip at all! So Canadians reach in those pockets you tight jerks!
Anonymous on Nov 26, 2019:
I've spent 6 years living in PV. NEVER had issues of safety. I am Canadian. I make that evident. Understandably Americans are not to popular here. Thanks to US putting a gangster as POTUS. Trump wouldnt last 6 months in Mexico in regards how he does business. He'd be hanging from a bridge in Sonora very quickly.
Dave on Nov 05, 2019:
Wow I would hate to travel with these folks below. PV is the safest city in Mexico. I bought a house there, travel around freely and have never had an issue in the airport, outside the airport, or anywhere else. I dont speak spanish but every local is friendly and accomodating. I do think the vendors at the airport are annoying but no more than they are in Maui or SF or any other tourist location. They have to make a living so if you dont want to be bothered... so no gracious and go to a taxi booth like everyone else and get a car. We have traveled all over PV and compared to Barcelona or Rome, PV is a picnic. I would encourage you to be cautious and make sure you have a guide service or someone that knows the area but we go to the Botanical Gardens, zoo, Los Animas and downtown without worry.

The people of Mexico are by far and away some of the nicest people I have ever met. The idiot Robert below is probably an inbred racist who still thinks the earth is flat, Putin is Americas new BFF, and the sun rises and falls over his house and Trumps and no one else.
Dennis on Oct 18, 2019:
Also be cautious of a woman named Grace who works the counter at the airport. She is a liar and tries to sell you a visit Vidanta. STAY AWAY ITS A SCAM TO SELL YOU TIME SHARES!!!!! DO NOT STOP AT THE AIRPORT!!!! They will scam you ans waste your precious time. Avoid stopping at all at the airport... I wish someone would have warned me and my family!!!!!!
Dennis on Oct 18, 2019:
Visited Puerto Vallarta this past month. Resort was wonderful. Leaving resort was not good. People are watching your every movement. I am an American and I can assure you that it is not safe. My family was not aware of what was happening but I was. Stay on the resort 100%. Watch for anyone approaching you when you get off the plane in the air port DO NOT STOP FOR ANYONE!!!!!! They will scam you into something. Walk outside and get your own cab!!!!! This is the hard truth. Believe it!!!
Robert on Oct 18, 2019:
Never visit Mexico. They act like violent animals or worse. This country is disgusting thanks to a criminal population.. stay safe . Stay out
Robert on Oct 18, 2019:
Never visit Mexico. They act like violent animals or worse. Thos country is disgusting be thanks to a criminal population.. stay safe . Stay out
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.