I just saw this article online. Although it is not about Mazatlan, I thought it would be of interest.
An older read (2013), but still quite interesting.
That article is hilarious!! It says "According to NationMaster.com which uses U.N.-based data, Mexico doesn't even make the list of the 36 nations with the highest murder rates. Mild-mannered nations like Sweden and Switzerland top Mexico for murders on NationMaster.com." Mexico doesn't make the list because it was not covered by the survey ("Murders per capita")! If you look at the "Murder Rate" table you see that Mexico has around 20 times the rate of Sweden or Switzerland (and that is only about half the correct figure because of technical definitions). Only some South/Central American and African countries have a higher murder rate than Mexico. And anyone who seriously thinks Canada has more kidnappings than Mexico is seriously deluded.
Why do all articles on this subject have to be so extremist?? Yes, Mexico is safe to visit but let's not justify this by writing lies.
In the end any discussion about safety in Mexico should always include the following three indisputable, and critical facts:
1. The majority of incidents focused on by the NOB press occur within 50 miles of the US / Mexican border. An area that few Americans and virtually no Canadians visit
2. Random violence and killing (AKA shooting up a school or Walmart) is an anathema to the Mexican culture and unheard of in that country
3. Violence is targeted and criminal vs. criminal. People not involved in the drug trade -- particularly Gringos who already stand out as different -- are ignored. In fact it's highly likely that foreign tourists are more in danger of being a victim in their own country
Sensationalism and lies have created this great urban myth tourists are mortal danger if they visit Mexico. For example Gov. Jan Brewer telling the press there were "severed heads found in the desert" of southern Arizona. That was a blatant fabrication she didn't admit to for months, but unfortunately by that time the damage had already been done.
This article has popped up a number of times and previously been rebuked as hugely flawed. The idea behind it is that Mexico is not as violent as you may think. Most gringos would agree with that. But the stats quoted really make the article sound so made up.
Crime stats generally world-wide are pretty skewed. The US, Canada and UK do a pretty decent job as enforcement is very vigilant. While Mexico is NOTHING like what you read about in the media and saw on the media, very many crimes go unreported and so often are never solved. Especially in the rural and south.
I'm a female solo traveller and have travelled in Chiapas, Veracruz and Sinaloa states over the last 4 months and feel extremely safe. Mexican people are very friendly, helpful and respectful and I have had no trouble at all
I hate the way the (US, and so UK) media portray this beautiful country and people.
Statistics....anyone who has had to prepare reports and work with statistics will know exactly how useful and meanigful these are!
Come and see for yoursel!
You don't have to convince me. I live in the US and Mexico. Mexico is MUCH safer as per crime.
There is a lot of BS in Mexico tho, but if you put it all in perspective, it's a great place.
Why would you even post this? Maybe to get people upset?
I live 6 months in Mexico and 6 months in Wash state. There is a lot of BS in both places, but that is part of life. Personally I feel safer in Mazatlan then in the US.
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