The 6th most insecure city in the country is Guadalajara

The perception of public insecurity in five of Jalisco's six municipalities improved, while Guadalajara regressed, making it the sixth most insecure city in the country according to its inhabitants.

The 6th most insecure city in the country is Guadalajara
Mexico's Guadalajara is the sixth most unsafe city in the country. Photo by Roman Lopez / Unsplash

Five out of six municipalities in Jalisco reported an improvement in the perception of public insecurity, while Guadalajara had a setback that places it as the sixth most insecure city in the country according to its inhabitants, according to the most recent report on the subject by the National Institute of Geography and Statistics (Inegi).

In Zapopan, Tonalá, Tlaquepaque, Tlajomulco, and Puerto Vallarta there was a decrease in the perception of insecurity during the most recent Inegi's National Urban Public Safety Survey, compared to the last quarter of 2021.

In Guadalajara, on the other hand, the level of perception of insecurity changed from 81.7 percent to 87.1 percent, a drop of 5.4 percentage points. This places the state capital in sixth place in terms of poor perception, behind Fresnillo (97.1 percent), Ciudad Obregón (94.1 percent), Zacatecas (91.7 percent), Cuautitlán Izcalli (89.5 percent), and Irapuato (87.6 percent).

The perception of insecurity in the municipality of Zapopan went from 60.8 percent to 60.6 percent; in Tonalá, from 80.1 percent to 77 percent; Tlajomulco, from 72.3 percent to 67.8 percent; Tlaquepaque went from 74.3 percent to 68.9 percent; and Puerto Vallarta, from 26.6 percent to 26.4 percent.

The state average perception of insecurity is 64.6 percent, while at the national level there is a considerable increase, standing at 66.2 percent. This also means that Jalisco's perception of insecurity is below the national average. This means that little by little the incidence of crime is decreasing; also gradually people are regaining confidence and feel safer in their municipalities.

The Mexican cities with the lowest perception of insecurity were San Pedro Garza García (11.7 percent); Tampico (20.4 percent); Piedras Negras (22.2 percent); Mérida (22.4 percent) and Saltillo (24.1 percent).

The municipal president of Tlaquepaque, Citlalli Amaya, commented on the results of the Inegi survey on social networks.  On Twitter, she wrote: "Today I received the news from the National Survey of Urban Public Safety (ENSU), that in Tlaquepaque the perception of insecurity has decreased and that our municipality is in second place with the lowest perception of insecurity in the Metropolitan Area of Guadalajara (AMG). I want to be very clear: We continue to move forward and this is an important step in the task we have to recover the tranquility of the people of Tlaquepaque. In these first 100 days, we have added many actions to strengthen our security and we will continue to work together for the city we want".

Although this district went from having an 80 percent perception of insecurity to 77 percent, this is not enough, as the goal is to reach 58 percent by the end of this year. This drop in the perception of insecurity may be due to the delivery of 54 patrols that are already patrolling the streets of the municipality and that may give that feeling, but it is necessary to achieve greater welfare.

Now it will be sought to ensure that the lights work properly, which will generate greater security, in addition to the operation of a motorcycle squadron to provide attention in areas such as walkways and areas where other patrols cannot enter.