Other Security Issues

Mexico City is no more nor less dangerous than most other large cities. The dangerous areas are not ones that tourists are likely to visit. Just use the same street smarts you would use at home. Avoid wearing expensive jewelry and clothing, do not carry valuables in a knapsack on your back, especially on public transport, and keep you camera close to you. Stay on well-lit streets at night and do not venture into unknown areas of the city.The main danger is pickpockets rather than violent crime.

Visitors are advised to use 'taxis de sitio'  to get around. There are cab ranks (sitios) all over townt, or you can call by phone, the dispatcher will send one to your exact location and inform you what cab number is picking you up and record it.  Taxis de sitio are safe.  Hailing a cab on the street is much safer than it used to be and kidnappings are much less common than they were. Check to see if the face on the licence matches the face of the driver and always use the prepaid taxis at bus stations and the airport.   

Be very careful crossing streets - many of the main thoroughfares now have crosswalk signals that count down the seconds until traffic starts up again, but pedestrians should always be wary.

As a rule the food and water in Mexico City are safe, especially in hotels that cater to tourists.  Drink bottled water only and, if you want to eat at a street stall, pick one that looks clean and is busy with clientele.

The violence relating to the drug trafficking problem in Mexico has not yet reached Mexico City.  Nervous Americans can always check the State Department's travel advisories before their trip, but these do err on the cautious side.