Mr. Chuck Bolotin is Vice President and Business Development Manager of BestPlacesInTheWorldToRetire.com, a globally recognized Expat website. He recently published an article titled: “For Expats Living in Mexico and Central America, Safety Is Not a Big Concern“; this publication features testimonies of actual Expats living abroad and their perception on safety issues.
But some people think mistakenly that it isn’t safe.
To determine how safe it is for expats in places like Panama, Nicaragua, Belize and Mexico, Best Places In The World to Retire asked some of its more than 500 contributors to weigh in. They said that petty crime can be a problem, although that’s no different than in the U.S.
They also said that more serious crime is not nearly as rampant as the media indicates, although it’s important to avoid certain areas. That’s also no different than in the U.S. Overall, the expats said that they felt safe in their communities.
Property Crime vs. Violent Crime
The expat contributors divided the subject into two categories: crimes against property, such as having a camera, smartphone or other possession stolen, and crimes against a person, including violent crimes, like assault, rape or murder.
The majority of expats said that crimes against property are somewhat higher where they live in Latin America than in similar-type locations and situations in North America. However, by about the same margin, most expats said that crimes against people were less likely where they lived in Latin America than in North America, especially in the U.S.
Audrey Royem, formerly from Colorado and now living in Sayulita, a town close to Puerto Vallarta in Mexico said that most of the crimes in her area were smaller scale or robberies that could possible have been avoided with more vigilance. “The crime that you see here is usually petty theft; house robberies where there’s lack of protection or a tourist who leaves the house totally open and all of their valuables out,” Royern said. “We do not really hear of any other type of crime, even the type of crimes that we’re used to in the States, such as rapes or drug-related crimes.”
Gallagher said that, “Granada does not have drive by shootings or gang violence. Child kidnappings are nonexistent. All the horrible things I see while watching the news from the United States just don’t happen here.”
Many expats said that petty theft happens in the U.S., as well. Leave an expensive smart phone on a big city park bench in the U.S., and it’s unlikely to still be there an hour later.
Article by Chuck Bolotin for http://www.thestreet.com/
Chuck Bolotin is Vice President, Business Development
The Site That Potential Expats Trust
Office: U.S. (520) 498-0427
Cell: U.S. (520) 940-0481
more recommended stories
Tulum to become Mexico’s first sustainable tourism zone
The municipality of Tulum will become.
Yucatan the ultimate bird-watching destination
If you are into birdwatching, Yucatán.
Man drowns in Chuburná Puerto
A construction worker from the town.
Mexico strengthens leadership as an exporter of alcoholic beverages
Mexico Sep. 21 (Notimex).- Mexico strengthened.
Cancun, an example of tourism promotion for Japan
A Quintana Roo delegation of FONATUR.
Homicides in Mexico increase 17% so far in 2018
Intentional homicides in Mexico has increased.
Expats Feel at Home in Mexico; InterNations Survey
InterNations.org recently released the results of.
Through the implementation of AMLO’s austerity plan, the government could save 132 billion pesos in 2019
As wages for high government officials.
Japanese delegation comes to Mérida to strengthen bilateral relationship
The project of the Chicxulub crater.
First house entirely made of Sargassum built by Mexican inventor in Quintana Roo
PUERTO MORELOS, Q. Roo, September 20,.