Crime in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

Crime rates in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

Level of crime
71.63 High
Crime increasing in the past 3 years
92.31 Very High
Worries home broken and things stolen
62.02 High
Worries being mugged or robbed
56.00 Moderate
Worries car stolen
41.83 Moderate
Worries things from car stolen
59.31 Moderate
Worries attacked
43.75 Moderate
Worries being insulted
25.49 Low
Worries being subject to a physical attack because of your skin colour, ethnic origin or religion
19.71 Very Low
Problem people using or dealing drugs
49.50 Moderate
Problem property crimes such as vandalism and theft
72.55 High
Problem violent crimes such as assault and armed robbery
59.31 Moderate
Problem corruption and bribery
80.50 Very High

Safety in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

Safety walking alone during daylight
79.81 High
Safety walking alone during night
31.60 Low

Contributors: 53

Last update: September 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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13 Comments so far

#Bob on Sep 18, 2019 :
The worst thing that can happen to you in SMA is that after a week you may die of boredom.
#Anonymous on Aug 30, 2019 :
I lived in SMA on and off from 1993-2010. My mother still lives there. Crime is up, and only good to get worse before it gets better. My family and I left ten years ago because it didn’t feel safe then. I had lived there a long time and felt the writing on the wall. It felt sad to sell the little piece of property we had planned to build our dream house on and raise our new little family in, but the armed guards outside of our children’s kindergarten made us reaper couldn’t raise children in the anew San Miguel. Recently I have been hearing really disturbing reports from friends and family who have lived in SMA for a long time. They want to leave. This may blow over, but it is real. People don’t want tourism and property values to be negatively affected. That is not a legitimate reason to put innocent people in harm’s way. If you are a tourist, especially one that doesn’t speak Spanish or is new to Mexico you may be oblivious to the real danger around you. People who have businesses and multimillion dollar homes don’t want to admit what’s going on because they have a lot at stake. They pretended everything is overblown. The bottom line is that the cartels are in San Miguel. For years that was everyone’s biggest fear. Now it’s happened. Two months ago my seventy-one year old mother heard what sounded like firecrackers outside of her house. When she went to investigate there was a young man dead in the street in front of her house. She has lived in SMA for twenty years. She said “I have never seen a dead body like that before just lying in the dust.” We were fortunate to have a lot of Mexican friends. When we left they said they understood. They would leave too, but they couldn’t. I felt like a traitor leaving them behind.
#MarieV on Aug 27, 2019 :
I do not understand people defending the crime rates in San Miguel de Allende that have risen dramatically since February 2019 and comparing it to crime rates in major cities in the U.S.
The last census states the population of San Miguel is 132,397 with 62,034 living in the town proper and the rest scattered in small communities, some as small as 50 ppl. It is silly to compare that with cities in the U.S. with populations and areas 10 or 20 times that of San Miguel de Allende.
I have vacationed in Mexico over the last 25 years at least 25 times to cities and small towns across Mexico. One of the reasons is the people of Mexico which I have found to be nothing but kind, gentle, welcoming and friendly. I also love the beauty of Mexico, it’s coastal as well as mountain regions. This is why I planned to retire in San Miguel. I wanted to live out the rest of my days in this beautiful country and try to give back something for all the pleasure I and my children had experienced in all the time we spent there.

I was researching and planning for months and was finally ready for my exploratory trip to check it out for myself and find my place to live.

I was so excited I joined a couple of Facebook groups and would read the news of the day in the local and national papers every few days and could hardly wait to get there.

I then started reading about it not being safe to travel the main highway at night because of carjackings, then there were some home invasions with people being beaten, shootings, local businesses having to pay the cartels to do business and many other things. I was saddened and extremely disappointed and finally made the extremely tough decision to cancel my plans.
I know the government, locals and some expats play down the violence because if tourists stop coming it is bad for everyone. I don’t want to hurt the people of Mexico that have been so good to me. But I am not going to lie about it.
I hope and pray that President Obrador along with help from his allies can do something to make the country safe again for the people of Mexico and all of us around the world that love to visit and live in the beautiful country of Mexico.

If that happens before our planet burns up, I would love to retire there. But not now.
#AT on Jul 24, 2019 :
I have lived in SMA for two years and had visited three times in previous years before moving here. The past 8 months have seen a huge rise in homicides. 70 since January of this year. Yesterday two of our neighborhood policemen were gunned down after being lured to a house by a 911 call. This was 6 blocks from my home at 1pm in the afternoon on a major Avenida. Last month a 13 year old girl was killed along with a 20 year old woman in a drive by at a taco stand! They were not the target. Extortion is beyond control and if the business does not pay up to the cartel, they and their family members are shot and killed. In January, I passed by a dead body on the street, I missed seeing the actual murder by about 10 minutes. This is not your grandmother's San Miguel de Allende! It is changing and not for the better!
#Very on Jul 20, 2019 :
We lived in SMA and spent many years afterwards on extended visits. Speak fluent Spanish and were very embedded in the local and ex-pat community. We have many friends there. We left because of the amazing uptick in violence. No, it is not safe. And what people fail to take into consideration is the level of police and civil protection. You are pretty much on your own. Try reading the regional Spanish language newspapers instead of arguing this point on ex-pat forums and you will begin to appreciate the degree to which violence is a reality in the area. We are international travelers, too, and I studied statistics, and these figures resonate with my experience. Not as bad as a ghetto in Baltimore to one poster's point, but it is not "safe as milk." The locals certainly think they have a problem. As one wise person said, don't leave your brains at the border.
#Mar on May 16, 2019 :
Crime is SMA is worse than this! 40 murders in 5 months! Anytime of the days and everywhere: markets, gas stations,homes in front of playgrounds, bars. Home and car robberies have increased a lot too! It is sad that people don't take it seriously and keep saying is as dangerous as any other city on the world. There's only 200,000 people in San Miguel! Crime is high for a small town in Mexico.

If you are an "international traveler" staying at a nice hotel, that might not feel like a big deal, or if you live inside the gringo bubble. But What about the people who have nothing to compare with? No where else to go? Y'all talking like nothing is happening just because it didn't happen to you. Authorities hiding it because affects tourism. Not fair, not cool.
#Donna on May 13, 2019 :
We are international house/pet sitters as well, as we leave for San Miguel de Allende in a few days. We will be housesitting for three weeks. We are not worried about crime there. Crime is everywhere. We are travelers who read beyond the headlines. When you do that, you discover the real cause behind much of the criminal activity - drug cartels, crimes of passion etc. That's not to say that the stats are wrong, but stats are stats and can be used in many ways - as scare tactics, for political gain and so on. As always, we are careful in terms of where we go and what we do in foreign countries. We are looking forward to our visit to SMA, a new area of Mexico for both of us.
#John C Hersey on Apr 22, 2019 :
We are international house/pet sitters and have traveled all over Europe, Australia, Bali, Vietnam, Thailand, France, and the Netherlands over the past two years without any worry about crime. Now we are considering a 6 month stay in San Miguel de Allende (where we stayed for 5 weeks 5 years ago) and articles such as this are showing up. Our last visit to SMA was wonderful with no worries at all about crime. Please give us your opinions today. Thanks...
#tx travler on Jun 20, 2018 :
How is the crime in San Miguel de Allende? How safe is it to travel there?
#Chaz Miller on Feb 23, 2018 :
Wrong, wrong, wrong. San Miguel de Allende is no way as crime-ridden as this page indicates. I moved here from Baltimore, Maryland, Divided States of AmeriKKKa where the sound of gunfire was an almost nightly event. By comparison, SMA is safe as milk. Where did these insane "statistics" come from? Yeah, there's crime here (like everywhere), but these numbers are INSANE.
#krempep on Feb 13, 2018 :
Your crime rates are low compared to the Cities in the US. I live in Indianapolis and the crime rate has risen every year for the past 10 with around 150 homicides each year. Some parts of the city are not safe after dark. It is even worse in Baltimore , Detroit and Chicago.
The US is the big leagues for crime.
You have nothing to worry about.
#scott on May 25, 2017 :
Has anybody heard about a shooting between at least 2 people in Los Freyles last night? May 24 2017? One of the participants is dead, that I know for sure. Please write to me if you know something, Thank You Scott
#Doug on Sep 26, 2015 :
I have lived in SM, 6 months every year, for the past 13 years. As I am more than knowledgable about statistics, I do not remotely agree with the negative high crime indices.
What I have found here is that a crime takes on a never ending life of it's own. A crime committed 6 years ago continues to be a current topic of conversation among the expats. Thus a cumulation of all past crimes seems overwhelming at present. Of course there is crime here, but a little common sense about security and being in the wrong place at the wrong time goes a long way in it does in any place in the world.