Crime in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

Crime rates in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

Level of crime
65.04 High
Crime increasing in the past 3 years
80.00 Very High
Worries home broken and things stolen
54.40 Moderate
Worries being mugged or robbed
49.80 Moderate
Worries car stolen
40.42 Moderate
Worries things from car stolen
54.03 Moderate
Worries attacked
38.60 Low
Worries being insulted
20.26 Low
Worries being subject to a physical attack because of your skin color, ethnic origin, gender or religion
13.79 Very Low
Problem people using or dealing drugs
47.61 Moderate
Problem property crimes such as vandalism and theft
65.32 High
Problem violent crimes such as assault and armed robbery
56.50 Moderate
Problem corruption and bribery
73.04 High

Safety in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

Safety walking alone during daylight
83.60 Very High
Safety walking alone during night
42.86 Moderate

Contributors: 126

Last update: April 2024

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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9 Comments so far
CECILIA on Dec 15, 2021:
One thing nobody mentions when they say crime on the raise in Mexico: The USA has sold (illegally) tons of guns to all the cartels and other criminals the last few years. It is widely known that the goverment pourposly creates a distabilization of some countries for it's own benefit. It is still, however; safer than many places in the US. You just have to stay away from drugs.
UnclePen on Oct 09, 2021:
Wow, it is really a difficult prognosis and creates a quandary for American (and other) travelers.I want to go back to Mexico, but reading crime reports it makes me very nervous. Is the government even in control anymore?
Richard on Aug 31, 2021:
Don't listen to a casual visitor, I lived there for 8 years, and it is quietly dangerous. They never publicise the real statistics for fear of tourism loss. Check out sanmiguelsincensura for more accurate info. It is the most corrupt place I have ever lived in, including 20 years in other parts of Mexico, southern Europe and North Africa. Visit but be smart and dont make dumb assumptions and paint an erroneous wide brush stroke of, "oh, they are all so friendly".
Greg on Aug 23, 2021:
Just got back from SMA and this crime wave is totally overblown. The Centro and surrounding areas were completely safe. A lot of outlying areas are considered part of SMA and that is where the trouble is and it's small. SMA is safe and I live in the South Beach area of Miami Beach Florida. That's far more dangerous than tame SMA and even that is safe.
doright on Aug 18, 2021:
I would ask folks to be aware and not be be willfully ignorant.

"The town of Celaya is a defacto hell-hole. It is called the "The most Violent City in the World" by the Rio Times. Do you know how far it is from SMA? 35 miles." (

"Current SMA homicide (reported) is on track to be over 120 in 2020. That is 120 per 100,000. The murder rate in the US is 5.

SMA murder rate is twice that of the highest murder rate city in the US.

(ss John Aston on Sep 03, 2020:, below)

"According to the San Miguel Times last July, "70 murders [occurred] in less than 10 months in San Miguel de Allende', which translates to about 90/yr, or about the 120 rate as per 100,000 (as per KL on Mar 28, 2020:)

For all crimes, property and violent, in the US, only 25% are solved. I suspect it is way lower in Mexico and SMA, as with the crimes reported rate, as well.

Criminals, generally, like to be unseen, by witnesses, during their activity. So, it is of no surprise that many folks have not seen it. That would be the norm.

Stay safe, don't be ignorant. Stay informed.
Stan on Jul 28, 2021:
What you must realize is that Mexico is a police state and the police are not even in control. The are bought and paid for by the cartels. In fact, the police work in concert with the cartels in many instances. It is estimated that 1/3 of Mexican territory is lawless and controlled by the cartels. Things are happening all around the state of Guanajuato: murders, road blocks, explosions, attacks of all sorts perputrated by the cartels. They are vile and vicious murderers and have no human compassion in their souls. Businesses are being extorted in SMA, the police are bought off, murders are not reported for fear of retribution. The town of Celaya is a defacto hell-hole. It is called the "The most Violent City in the World" by the Rio Times. Do you know how far it is from SMA? 35 miles. What the expats in SMA don't realize or want to admit to themselves is that all of this is going on around them and they don't want to see it. Yes, on any given day, you will be ok but your risk goes up by the day. The cartels are gaining control of the state and you might not get out. Look at what is happening in Michoacan right now. The city of Aguililla is literally being taken over by the cartels to the point where they control who comes in and who goes out. This is happening in 2021! President Obregon says, "hugs, not bullets." He is living in a dream world with no connection to reality. It is a truly cavilier and cruel position to take. If something does happen, police will not investigate. They are afraid to know where it will lead them because they know where it will lead them: to the cartels. Police are being hunted and killed in the state of Guanajuato. To say that SMA is safe is truly naive. To compare Mexico to the U.S. is absurd. The US does not have roving bands of cartels running around and controlling the roads! Completely different and not comparable in any way shape or form. I was considering going, but I won't after my research. The mexican government doesn't have the power to control any of this and I'm not sure it wants to anymore. It doesn't have the stomach for it. Whenever anyone stands up to the cartels, they are killed along with their family. President Obregon has declared by his policies and words to the cartels they have free reign to carry on their activies with impunity. Mexico and its people are so beautiful and I wish I could vacation there but I won't take the risk nor will I reward the Mexican state with my business when it refuses to protect its own people, much less its visitors.
June Kimmel on Mar 27, 2021:
I am so confused! Thinking about moving to Mexico. Looked at Puerto Vallarta a Merida. Next was going to be San Miguel. Son looked at crime report and said no way it’s very dangerous! True or not?! I don’t worry about such things usually but definitely want to live in a peaceful place. Help!!!
dm on Dec 04, 2020:
The majority in the crime in Mexico, including San Miguel is drug related....cartel related....yes, there are dishonest police officers....there have always been....but, I've been living here for 6 years, friends that have been living here for 40 years without issues.....if you are considering Mexico it comes with the territory everywhere....but, I've never felt safer walking in the central during the day or night.
John Aston on Sep 03, 2020:
San Miguel de Allende, Mexico (Administrative unit: Guanajuato) - last known population is ≈ 72 400 (year 2014). This was 0.058% of total Mexico population. If population growth rate would be same as in period 2010-2014 (+0.91%/year), San Miguel de Allende population in 2020 would be: 76 465*. Current homicide (reported) is on track to be over 120 in 2020. This is a murder rate of 1 in 520 citizens of San Miguel . Kidnapping is on the rise as are all violent crimes though very few are reported or disclosed in crime figures. Let me put it in perspective. If SMA was included in US crime statistics of the cities with the most homicides per capita San Miguel De Allende would be number 1 on the list beating the top US city (St Louise MO) for homicide rate per capita by almost double. For those thinking of retiring I advise you not to believe all that city officials are saying about low crime numbers. How many of you would consider retiring to a small town in the USA with that is twice as violent as the most dangerous city in the USA. Not many takers I would guess.