Crime in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

Crime rates in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

Level of crime
27.04 Low
Crime increasing in the past 3 years
51.96 Moderate
Worries home broken and things stolen
30.77 Low
Worries being mugged or robbed
28.37 Low
Worries car stolen
22.55 Low
Worries things from car stolen
32.69 Low
Worries attacked
18.14 Very Low
Worries being insulted
15.38 Very Low
Worries being subject to a physical attack because of your skin colour, ethnic origin or religion
8.50 Very Low
Problem people using or dealing drugs
34.62 Low
Problem property crimes such as vandalism and theft
35.58 Low
Problem violent crimes such as assault and armed robbery
29.25 Low
Problem corruption and bribery
58.50 Moderate

Safety in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

Safety walking alone during daylight
89.15 Very High
Safety walking alone during night
61.32 High

Contributors: 53

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

#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
#Mike on Dec 20, 2014 :
If people think Puerto Vallarta is totally safe there delusional
Try walking home from the bar late at night. It's not the people that live there it's the POLICE that are there to PROTECT YOU lol
The POLICE ROB YOU. We have been walling home police stop us and want money. We even had a friend have his new i-phone taken by the police.
You can walk down the street without a taxi driver asking you if you want to buy drugs.
Every bar seems to have there own drug dealer by the bathroom asking you if you want to buy drugs.
Going to the bar you have to pay attention to your money. If you give a bartender $20.00 there money They will give you change for a $10:00
They never talk about crime in PV and if you look on line its very hard to read anything about crime.Taxi drivers will rob you if you take a taxi home from the bar if you half in the bag. At the bar you are likely to have your cell phone stolen or even money lifted out of your pocket.
Dont get me wrong I love PV Mexico but don't be fooled there is lots of crime there that people are trained NOT TO TALK ABOUT.