Insecurity in the cities: the darker the circle the less safe people feel. Insecurity in the cities: the darker the circle the less safe people feel. inegi

Insecurity perceptions at record-high level

76% of respondents to security survey said their city was unsafe

Perceptions of insecurity among residents of Mexico’s cities are at a record-high level, according to a national poll by the National Institute of Statistics and Geography (Inegi).

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Of adults polled in the first half of September for the National Survey on Urban Public Security 76% said their city was unsafe to live in.

The figure is the highest recorded by Inegi since it started the quarterly survey in September 2013 and represents a 1.1% increase on the last survey carried out in June and a 4.1% rise on the September 2016 survey.

The perception of insecurity is slightly higher among women with 80.3% responding that their city was unsafe compared to 71.1% of men.

The respondents’ outlook for 2018 was pessimistic: 72.9% expect that crime in their city will remain just as bad (35.5%) or get worse (37.4%) in the next 12 months, up 3% over figures recorded a year ago.

The cities with the highest perceptions of insecurity, according to the percentage of residents who said they felt unsafe, were:

• Villahermosa, Tabasco:  98.4%;

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• Coatzacoalcos, Veracruz:  97%;

• The northern boroughs of Mexico City:  94.8%;

• Reynosa, Tamaulipas:  93.6%;

• Ecatepec, México state:  93.5%;

• The eastern boroughs of Mexico City:  93%.

On the other hand, the cities where the perceptions of insecurity among residents were lowest were:

• Mérida, Yucatán:  27.4%;

• Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco:  28.9%;

• Piedras Negras, Coahuila:  34.3%;

• Saltillo, Coahuila:  42.2%;

• Durango, Durango:  44.2%;

• Campeche, Campeche:  44.4%.

The public spaces where respondents said they felt most unsafe were automatic teller machines in the street, on public transit, on streets that they routinely use and in banks.

The survey also found that people’s feelings about insecurity were influenced by various factors including whether they had witnessed a crime in a public place. The fear of being a victim of a crime can also change people’s habits and routines as well as their perception of the police.

The survey found 62.5% changed their habits with respect to wearing jewelry or carrying cash or credit cards, 54.3% recognized that they had changed rules about when their children could go out while 52.3% modified their own behavior after 8:00pm and one-third said they had changed their habits related to visiting relatives and friends.

The most common types of crime and anti-social behavior witnessed or heard by respondents in their own neighborhoods were alcohol consumption in the street (65%), theft and assaults (64.9%), vandalism of homes or businesses (50.9%), the sale or consumption of drugs (43.1%), gang-related activity (34.8%) and gun shots (33.8%).

Seventy-two per cent of respondents said they had experienced some kind of criminal problem with neighbors while 32.6% said that they had been in a conflict or confrontation with an unknown person in the street.

The Navy fared best among the nation’s security forces with 87.3% of respondents rating their performance as “very or somewhat effective” followed by the Army (84.6%), the National Gendarmerie (72.5%) and the Federal Police (65%).

The perceived effectiveness of state police (50.4%) and municipal police (40.3%) was considerably lower.

Confidence in government was also low with 75% of respondents saying they considered their city government “not very effective or not at all effective” in solving the most significant problems their cities face.

Source: El Universal (sp)

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  • WestCoastHwy

    When the politicians are the cartel and the police gangster, what the hell would ya think?

  • cooncats

    You can fool some of the people all of the time, all of the people some of the time but….

    • Güerito

      See my comment below. Mexicans know what the clueless ex-pats don’t.

    • pedrochapala

      you’re still alive in that village gringo ghetto ajijic in chapala and surprisingly have never been assaulted by neither a mexican nor gringo. senor kumquat.

      • ben

        he wont be. he knows none you have the guts to stand up tp him.

    • pedrochapala

      and you have a habit of fooling yourself all the time. the poster boy for self fooLery-SNORK!

  • Stylez

    Where are all the clueless expat gringos that lives in protected communities that are always claiming Mexico is so safe?

    • Paul Wilkins

      Only a tiny percentage of expats or Mexicans live in protected communities. I can`t speak for people who claim all of Mexico is either safe or unsafe. The truth is, Merida remains very safe.

      • WestCoastHwy

        Not for homosexuals, the young boys are killing the old homo’s and stealing everything they have, you must not be gay then.

      • Crewlaw

        We’ve been in a nice little farm town in northern Michoacan for eighteen years now with no safety problems or worries, so I guess I am among the “clueless” who would tell you that some parts of Mexico are nice safe normal places to live, despite the visions of constant murder and mayhem that so many ‘knowledgeable’ Americans may have.

    • WestCoastHwy

      Not this one, was in the high Sierra’s and was held captive for 12 hours until the money came then I was released and almost 5 years after, Mexican Human Rights claimed I was abused! I know Mexico and it’s potency. I now have connections within that potency of which is a double edged blade.

    • ben

      the gated places have many beakins & also home invasions. just saying.

  • Mike S

    The stats for murders in Mx vary widely depending on the source. Best I could come up with was approximately 19,000 murders in Mx in 2016; there were 16,000 in the US. Population of US is 320 million and Mx 130 million. Again statistics are hard to nail down, but most agree that 50% of the murders in Mx are drug related. Murders in US are much more random and not as related to organized crime. Bad neighborhoods are easily identified in Mx. Bad neighborhoods are easily identified in the US. So for tourists and expats, avoiding being a victim of violent crime is relatively easy and I would say 85% of Mx is no more dangerous than the US.

    • WestCoastHwy

      Wow Barney, put that back in your pants, we all know it’s bigger!

      • Mike S

        How exactly do we know it’s bigger? Rumors? Conspiracies? Give me some hard facts to go on. Is there a grand government cover up? I’d like to see some investigative journalism if a big cover up is going on. I won’t speculate on rumors. Cartel murders are often gruesome designed to spread fear and rumors.

        • WestCoastHwy

          Just my new expression Mike S from when Father Clark use to ask if you size yourself up with the other kids at the urinal. If you said no, then there was probability that you were hiding something, possibly a hotdog in someone’s buns but in your case it’s just a false dichotomy.

          • Mike S

            Listening to your dribble I’m beginning to understand what a loon you are.

          • WestCoastHwy

            Loon, ah, your Canadian but sorry for using you for my entertainment. I will point it elsewhere.

          • WestCoastHwy

            Love the sound of a Loon just before dawn bends over!

  • Güerito

    New Pew Research Study shows Mexicans have the lowest level of confidence in their government of all 35 countries polled.

    94% of Mexicans lack confidence in their government and only 6% have confidence. These levels of rejection are higher than those in Venezuela, Russia, Italy, Lebanon, Brazil., etc.

    http://www.pewglobal.org/2017/10/16/many-unhappy-with-current-political-system/

    • cooncats

      Wow, that is quite an eye opener. And Pew is a good source. They are on the liberal side but seem to have integrity and their work is rigorous. I can’t say their conclusions surprise me at all. As for the expats, most of whom are airy fairy liberal they live in a dream world when it comes to government here just as they do up north. The fact is that government here is largely a criminal theft machine for the taxpayer dollar. At least up there, they make most of their money peddling influence and getting paid for making stupid speeches and appearances. The Clintons certainly come to mind but they are hardly unique, just more blatant than most. Here they steal from the poor and middle class directly.

      That latest disclosure about the Duartes stealing cattle meant to help small farmers recover from floods is very typical of the trailer park level of corruption here. Jalisco has horrible roads and the few that get built fall apart in a matter of months because it is clear much of the road money is being stolen. I live in a municipio that can’t manage to pick up the trash reliably or provide the most basic services competently but has somehow managed to increase the city hall payroll 50 percent. They also attempted to cover up a pedophile ring. It is so bad they have been censured by the PRI criminals in the state government.

      Corruption is Mexico’s downfall. In a lot of places the narcos do more for the people than their own governments. This goes way beyond any cultural heritage of the Spanish mordida system. Honestly, I don’t get it.

      • pedrochapala

        you’re a fekking broken record idiot and one of a few moaning newbies from the excited states that is constantly unhappy about being in chapala. why do you insist on also constantly bringing up the rumour pure bullshit politically motivated nonsense about an alleged pedophile ring and the governments attempt to cover up something that hasn’t even been proven to exist. you are the kind of low life a-hole that ruined the lives of families in california and saskatchewan who were eventually exonerated from similar charges but their lives were ruined by people like you. one person has been arrested here and not charged yet. that is not exactly a ring now is it danny boy cooncats-SNORK!

        • cooncats

          Congratulations on a truly stupid and delusional post.

          You’re a big brave asshole when hiding behind your computer. Otherwise, you’re just an asshole period. LOL

          • pedrochapala

            typical response to when you’re called out for the lowlife that you are. you can’t get away with your garbage on here like you do so cowardly on one of the local forums in chapala where you are laughingly a moderator and a laughingstock- i don’t hide behind my computer. are you physically threatening me? i don’t insult my betters-you ain’t one of those by a longshot.

          • cooncats

            Seek help. Start with alcoholics anonymous. LOL

          • pedrochapala

            i take it you are speaking from experience and it is apparent it didn’t help you>

          • ben

            knock it off pedro its tired. regards, bronco

          • ben

            you should be grateful that cooncats lets you comment on the chapala forum. thats more than he lets me do 🙂 after all i am smarter than you & have more insight. (thats why i cant post). mexicans are aware of thier govt. if you need to explore this, just ask your neighbors.

          • pedrochapala

            you’re actually quite stupid and a troll too boot ben/susan/bronco/bennie2 +++and etc.. i am not on that forum nor any other forum in chapala.

          • ben

            an honest person is a troll.

    • Mike S

      90% of Americans have no faith in our Congress. 65% of Americans have no faith in Trump. Those numbers are likely to rise when Trump & Congress try to impose big tax breaks for the mega-wealthy and 20 million lose their health insurance. Mexico has always had a corruption problem and most Mexicans have been cynical about their government for 120 years. That goes all the way back to the pillaging by the Catholic Church and Spanish colonialists, The $50 billion a year drug addiction problem in the US has spawned organized crime in Mx and distorted their whole society. There is no “revolution” fermenting. Mx will just muddle through it all.

      • Güerito

        There’s no need to throw out wild guesses about the polling data on these questions for the US. The US was included in the Pew Study.

        On the question of confidence in the politicial system, the US was 46% satisfied, 51% not satisfied.
        Mexico’s numbers here were 6% satisfied and 93% not satisfied.

        On the question of trust the government is working for the good of society, the US was 15% “a lot,” 36% “somewhat,” for a total trust level of 51%. Mexico’s numbers were 2% and 15%, for a total trust level of 17%.

        Mexico’s government lacks legitimacy in the view of the overwhelming majority of Mexicans. And not without reason. Getting elected to office in Mexico is tantamount to gaining membership in a club created to do nothing but steal and pillage from the Mexican populace.

        • Mike S

          These kinds of polls are about very subjective attitudes. Mexicans have always been cynical of their governments. If you ask the average American “Are politicians honest?” 95% would say no. Mexico may have a corruption problem but at least Mx can say it is more of a democracy than the US. Don’t forget that a lot of corrupt politicians get exposed and punished. Lots of drug cartel leaders get caught and punished too.

          • Güerito

            “These kinds of polls are about very subjective attitudes.” They’re called OPINION polls! LOL!!

            I have no idea why you’d say Mexico has more of a democracy than the US. Mexico’s political system is almost uniquely non-responsive to citizens’ concerns. It’s a hallmark of Mexican democracy. That’s why there are so many street marches and protests. It’s the only way to have your voice heard in Mexico. Do you think Mexicans call or write letters or emails to their elected officials to express their views? The idea is comical….

            And about corrupt politicians and cartel leaders getting caught. Mexico’s criminal justice system is a model of impunity. Many studies have been published placing Mexico’s level of impunity and corruption at or near the top worldwide. This website has published well over a dozen news articles to that effect in just the last couple years. In comments I’ve added probably a dozen more!

          • Mike S

            If you think the US at the federal level is a democracy…think again. We have a totally gerrymandered House. The senate was designed from the get-go to be totally undemocratic ( a S. Dakota senator has the same influence as a California senator who represents 80 times more people). Nothing democratic about life-time appointments for Supreme Court and federal judgeships which should be 15 year appointments. Every 4 years we offered a choice between tweedily dee and tweedily dumb. Electoral college has given us two disasters (Trump & Bush) who did not even win the popular vote. The last nail in the coffin of US democracy was the Citizen United case which now allows unlimited and anonymous direct and indirect campaign contributions. Money equals political power and lobbyists run Washington..

          • Güerito

            I taught Intro to US Government at the university level, but thanks.

            I just don’t understand this obsession with US politics in comments on a news site devoted to Mexico. Mexico is a grown-up country. Stop making excuses for it.

          • Mike S

            There are a lot Mexico haters that post here with pontificating ideas about how bad Mx is and how great the US is. I think before people become so fearful of Mx, it is important for them to understand some of the flaws of their own country. In our last presidential election, people were so rightfully cynical that barely over 50% of eligible voters even participated. What a democracy!

          • ben

            there are social programs in the US. everyone is treated in an emergency room regardless if they can pay. there are food vouchers. it is a democracy.

  • Mike Bilger

    I just don’t understand why everyone wants to “screw” Mexico, I thought the Mexico News Daily was going to be a little more positive, but all I read is negative articles about corruption, murders, and drug dealers. I’m not naive by any means, and I do understand that there is a lot of crap going on down here, but why do we continue to have to promote this crap and make Mexico look worse than it is. I live in Colima and yes, we have our share of Narco activity and corruption, but the bottom line is, if you keep your nose clean and stay out of that crap, you are safe. The news always fails to report who the victims are and what they were involved in. And our Municipal government does actually listen to their citizens and their doors are wide open to hear our concerns. Lastly, if you need a great place to visit this Christmas break, come on down/up to Colima, a beautiful state, with a bit of everything, and very safe for people who aren’t looking for problems.

    • Mike S

      Been to Colima many times and you are right, it is a beautiful state and city with a lot to offer. Love the volcano, the beaches, the lagoons, the tropical foliage, the food, and the people are friendly. I did have some hassle getting my license plate back after I parked in an illegal space in Colima city and will never do that again!
      Great area.

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