Survey says perception of security for Mérida residents is one of the best in the country

Mérida is one of the five cities in the country with the least perception of insecurity according to the National Survey of Urban Public Security (ENSU) of the National Institute of Statistics and Geography (INEGI). In contrast, Cancun is one of the three with the highest perception of insecurity.

According to the report, during the first half of March 2019, 74.6 percent of the population aged 18 and over at the national level considered that living in their city is unsafe.

The perception of insecurity remained higher in the case of women with 79.6 percent, while for men it was 68.3 percent.

Among the cities with the highest levels of perception of insecurity are:

  1. Tapachula (Chiapas) 96%
  2. Villahermosa (Tabasco) 95.2%
  3. Cancún (Quintana Roo) 93.3%
  4. Reynosa (Tamaulipas) 92.8%
  5. Coatzacoalcos (Veracruz) 92.6%
  6. Ecatepec (Edo de Mex) 92%

In this cities, over 90% of the population do not feel safe in their territories.

In contrast, the population of the following cities feel safe in their territories:

Perception of Insecurity:

  1. Saltillo (Coahuila) 26.4%
  2. San Pedro Garza García (Nuevo León) 34.5%
  3. Mérida (Yucatán) 38.5%
  4. Los Cabos (BCS) 40.8%
  5. San Nicolás de los Garza (Nuevo Léon) 41.7%

That is to say, the capital of Yucatan is one of the five cities with the lowest perception of insecurity. It should be mentioned that the percentage of people who feel safe in Mérida has decreased: in March 2018, 29.9 percent of the population perceived insecurity, while this year the statistics rose to 38.5 percent.

In Mérida, 65.1 percent of the population declared that the Municipal Police inspires confidence and 78.7 percent trust the state security body. 56.4 percent considered the city government effective in resolving various problems.

On the other hand, the ENSU reveals that 62.1 percent of Meridanos have experienced at least one conflict or direct confrontation with neighbors due to issues of coexistence in the last three months, that is, six out of ten residents have had some kind of problem with other residents.

The Yucatan Times Newsroom with information from