We have been traveling to Mazatlan for about 10 years and have never had any problems. Our super safe oasis of Mazatlan is changing. I went to Acapulco many years ago and didnt feel safe so I never went back. Then we found our little slice of Paradise....Mazatlan. I have always felt safe and never had any worries during our trips to this lovely city.
I realize that the latest events (concerning safety) have involved drug dealers and police. I just think with the economy being as bad as it is (all over) that people will be getting more brazen and desperate.
Our friends are in Mazatlan right now and have been there for about 5 weeks. They are very comfortable with the bus system and the city in general. She actually had some pick pocket guy slit her tote with a razor as she was getting on the bus at the market. She assumes it was to get her wallet and purchases she had in the tote. She said there was also a bank held up at gun point since they've been in town. These sort of activities are not anything we have normally experienced but apparently they are happening.
I think with the economy being as bad as it is that petty crime is probably on the rise (all over) not just in Mazatlan. I realize we need not cause hysteria but people do need to plan/proceed with caution.
I have a trip planned for December 2010. I normally dont have issue with going out at night and taking cabs all the way back to PBEB. I may reconsidering doing those things and just doing my activities in town during the day instead. I think common sense needs to be used when traveling anywhere but people should be aware that things are happening and they may just need to be a little more cafeful than normal.
Safe travels :)