Nearly half of city residents in Yucatan Peninsula believe urban living is unsafe

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Half of the population aged 18 and over in urban areas of the Yucatan Peninsula believes that living in the city is unsafe, according to the National Survey of Urban Public Security in September 2016.

According to the study conducted by the National Institute of Statistics and Geography (INEGI), 48.6% of the population does not feel safe in any of the capitals of the peninsula’s three states — Campeche, Quintana Roo and Yucatan.

According to the latest results, Cancun, Quintana Roo is the most unsafe city in the region with disapproval reaching 77.1%, twice the average of the neighboring cities: Merida and Campeche.

The Cancun municipality of Benito Juarez went from a level of 64.5% in June this year to 77.1% in September.

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While it is not the level of the most unsafe cities like Ecatepec de Morelos, the East region 22 of Mexico City, Coatzacoalcos, Acapulco and Villahermosa, with 95.3, 94.2, 93.4, 93.3 and 90.7%, Cancun does compete with locales like Michoacan, Cuernavaca and Toluca  75.7%, 77.3% and 77.8%, respectively.

Merida, Yucatan’s capital, meanwhile, reports a perception of insecurity in September of 33.2% against 30.0 % in June this year, and although it is the lowest level in the country, the figures reflect an increase in insecurity. At that level, one in three people aged 18 and over feels insecure in the Yucatecan state capital.

Campeche, Campeche, meanwhile, despite reports that 35.7% of its population feels unsafe, is among the cities that reported a drop in this perception, but it is still above the neighboring city of Merida.

The 2016 survey conducted by the INEGI indicates that 71.9% of the population aged 18 years and over throughout Mexico considered that living in their city is unsafe; which means an increase of nearly two points compared to June 2016 and almost four points with September 2015.