Mexico is the second most insecure country in Latin America


Mexico ranks second among the most insecure countries in Latin America, only above Venezuela, according to the Index of Law and Order of the U.S. analysis agency Gallup.

Mexico and Venezuela, with 60 and 49 points respectively, occupy positions 134 and 141 out of a total of 142 nations consulted. Image: Flickr
Mexico and Venezuela, with 60 and 49 points respectively, occupy positions 134 and 141 out of a total of 142 nations consulted. Image: Flickr

According to the survey, insecurity gives no respite in Latin American countries and that perception was reflected in the results of the index that, through thousands of surveys in more than 100 countries, measures how insecure citizens feel in the world.

Singapore led the international ranking with a score of 97 out of 100, while in Latin America and the Caribbean, El Salvador ranked first with a score of 73 out of 100, ten points above the regional average of 63.

At the other extreme, the Latin American and Caribbean countries with the lowest security scores were Mexico and Venezuela with 60 and 49, respectively: These indicators ranked them 134th and 141st, respectively, out of a total of 142 nations consulted.

In the list, these countries followed: Brazil, Dominican Republic, and Bolivia, each with 162 points. Argentina and Peru, 64 each, and Nicaragua with 67 units. The top 10 is completed by Colombia and Uruguay, each with a score of 67, ranking 113 and 112 respectively.

The results of the index indicate that Mexico is considered more insecure than countries in civil war such as Libya; under jihadist occupation such as Mali, or under siege by gangs or maras such as Honduras, even more, insecure than Palestine, which has suffered a violent and prolonged conflict with Israel.

More than 152,000 people were consulted in a total of 142 countries to measure citizens' perceptions in terms of security, based on four questions: In the city or area where you live, do you have confidence in the local police? Do you feel safe walking alone at night in the city or area where you live? In the past 12 months, has any money or other item been stolen from you or another household member? And finally, in the past 12 months, has it been assaulted?

The answers to these four questions allowed the data to be consolidated and weighted for each country.

One of the most striking results of the index is that the perception of security in Latin America and the Caribbean is not optimal. Although the region rose one point compared to 2017, it is the worst in the world.

As in previous years, people in Latin America and the Caribbean were the least likely among all regions of the world to feel safe in their communities, according to the survey.

Singapore (97) and Tajikistan (94) top the global list of countries with the best security perception scores in the study and are followed by the United Arab Emirates and Norway with a score of 93 each.

In turn, of the 142 nations in which the study was conducted, the three countries that close the list are Gabon (53) Venezuela (49) and Afghanistan (38), showing the perception of insecurity well below the average of 81. In total, 84 economies scored lower than this average.

Gallup revealed that two out of three people worldwide expressed feeling safe walking alone at night in the areas where they live.

Gallup's Global Law and Order (GLO) index give a rating based on people's confidence in their local police, as well as the incidence of robberies, assaults, and assaults in the year prior to the survey.

By Mexicanist Source: Gallup

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The assaults, kidnappings and armed confrontations on public roads were the main warnings that the Government of Germany made to its inhabitants who wish to travel to Mexico.

The German Foreign Ministry yesterday listed 16 of 32 entities in the country for their problems of insecurity, including Sinaloa excluding Mazatlan, the Golden Zone, and historic center, as well as Los Mochis.

In the text "Mexico: information on travel and security", the German Foreign Ministry yesterday listed 16 of 32 entities in the country for their problems of insecurity.

"The security situation in many parts of Mexico is constantly getting worse," argued in section two. Increasing and widespread violent crimes are common, but there are also more and more robberies, kidnappings, homicides, and acts of revenge related to organized crime in central locations and during the day, but especially at night."

Among the places that were exhorted not to travel, and in case of doing so the minimum time, are the states of Tamaulipas, Sinaloa (excluding Mazatlan, Zona Dorada, and historic center, as well as Los Mochis), Colima (except Manzanillo) and Guerrero (except Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo).

Also, travelers were advised to take special care when traveling by land in Guanajuato, Puebla, Veracruz, and places such as the commercial area of ​​Tepito, Colonia Doctores, Venustiano Carranza City Hall, Gustavo A. Madero and Iztapalapa, all in the Mexico City.

Regarding the State of Mexico, it was emphasized that in spite of bordering the capital of the country it also has a high level of delinquency in its sectors.

"Police forces or uniformed security personnel or criminals posing as such may, at first, be involved in criminal offenses."

In the same section, it was described that in their journey they could witness clashes between security forces and organized crime in cities such as Tijuana (Baja California), Acapulco (Guerrero), Ciudad Victoria (Tamaulipas), Cd. Juárez (Chihuahua), Irapuato ( Guanajuato) and Cancún (Quintana Roo).

Also in Culiacán (Sinaloa), Uruapan (Michoacán), Obregon (Sonora), Coatzacoalcos (Veracruz), Celaya (Guanajuato), Ensenada (Baja California), Tepic (Nayarit) and Reynosa (Tamaulipas).

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Main crimes of which Germany warns its citizens when traveling to Mexico are:





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