Are you thinking about moving to Mexico to live or work and wonder what the truth is when it comes to drug related violence in Mexico? If we are to take what the media tells us to be true, we could be forgiven for thinking that Mexico is a country full of drug related violence. The reality is somewhat different to the picture painted by the TV, movies and news, so let’s take a look at what you need to know about drug related violence in Mexico.
Let’s blame Mexico!
The Mexican drug trade may be filled with stories of violent crime and horror, but it is still a profitable business for a reason: demand. That’s because well-developed countries in Western Europe along with the United States and Canada have a high demand for illicit drug usage.
Read between the lines
We should be realistic when taking in the accounts the local media has of drug-related crime and remember that these incidents do not reflect the whole of Mexico. In fact, only a minute portion of Mexico has to deal with drug violence—way less than the aggravating news stories imply. So, we can rest assured that many of the towns and cities throughout most of Mexico are not part of this drug related violence.
Many destinations are much safer than home
The media’s portrayal of only a few cities and not the whole country is a sign that we need to explore the rest of the country to see the picture the media is not showing us. What we will find is that tourists and other people visiting the country are experiencing far less crime than other countries. Expats who have made Mexico their home for quite some time will attest that Mexico is one of the most peaceful and restful spots they know—even when compared to their home countries. It all depends on where you live, of course; so choosing top destinations for expats such as Puerto Vallarta, Riviera Nayarit, Cabo or Cancun etc are a great way to stay away from drug related violence.
Remember, Tijuana, Ciudad Juarez and Culiacan are not the entire picture of what Mexico is like. To make that comparison is just like saying America’s most dangerous cities to live in are the entire picture of what America is like, and we all know that’s not the case. The same also applies to Mexico when we hear only about the three cities previously mentioned.