While visiting family and friends in the U.S. when the topic of life in Mexico comes up I still constantly get asked the question, “But isn’t it dangerous?” While it would be naive to say that there is no danger anywhere in Mexico, it is safe to say that anyone visiting or living in Mexico need only take the normal precautions that anyone would take living or traveling most places in the world. Late night partying and overindulging, for example, can be hazardous in any country, but for the most part, the streets of Mexico are perfectly safe even in the late night hours.
At Lakeside, there are issues with petty crime and burglary on occasion. One that is more frequent is women’s purses being taken in stores or restaurants and for this reason, I wear a backpack rather than carrying a purse. There is no sure way to avoid determined thieves but I have a small bolted down safe for the few valuables I own and live in a neighborhood where the neighbors look out for each other. If you own something that is so valuable it would break your heart to lose it, you might consider as some Lakeside residents do leaving it with relatives in the home country or renting a safe deposit in the home country. (Safe deposit boxes are generally not available in Mexico.)
In a recent post, Mexperience gives a great overview of the current safety situation in Mexico:
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