According to the results of the twenty-second survey of the National Survey of Urban Public Safety (ENSU), conducted by the National Institute of Geaography and Statistics (Inegi), at the end of 2018, Merida was considered among the five safest cities.
This census is conducted on a quarterly basis and includes the following concepts:
- Feeling of insecurity for fear of crime
- Social expectation about the crime trend
- Witness of criminal or antisocial behavior
- Change routines for fear of being a victim of crime (bad experiences)
Similarly, the surey inquires about the perception on the performance of Municipal, State, Federal, National Gendarmerie, Army and Navy preventive police or militar corporations, and also on public security authorities, about the existence of antisocial conflicts and behavior in corporations, and finally on the government’s performance.
By December 2018, 73.7% of the population aged 18 and over living in 67 cities of interest considered that living in their city is unsafe. However, the state capital does not enter these numbers because the perception of insecurity was lower, with 28.8% of people who feel insecure, taking into account that not only in it but also in San Pedro Garza García, Saltillo , Puerto Vallarta, Durango and Los Cabos, with 23.1, 30.5, 38.7, 39.5 and 42.3%, respectively.
Although the population, in December 2018, said they felt insecure in the ATMs located on public roads, public transport, the bank and the streets they usually use, the percentages in Mérida are lower in those ranges.
The percentage of the population aged 18 and over that considered the government of their city as “very or somewhat effective” to solve the most important problems was 21.5% nationwide.
The cities with the highest percentages were: Puerto Vallarta with 46%, General Escobedo with 45.2% and Saltillo with 44.8%, and Mérida with 37.5%. While the cities with the lowest percentage of perception of effectiveness to solve problems were: Ecatepec de Morelos with 5.8%, Tuxtla Gutiérrez with 7% and Villahermosa with 7.8%.
The survey took place in December 2018 with the participation of 21,000 randomly selected people at least 18 years old that were interviewed.
TYT Newsroom with information from SIPSE