Security in Puerto Vallarta: the crime rate is confirmed to be down

The governor of Jalisco announced that the crime rate in Puerto Vallarta decreased by 27.1% in the first five months of this year 2022.

Security in Puerto Vallarta: the crime rate is confirmed to be down
Security perception in Puerto Vallarta improved despite the presence of organized crime. Photo by Mario Mendez / Unsplash

This Wednesday the Government of Jalisco confirmed that the incidence of crime has been decreasing in the last months in Puerto Vallarta.

It was during this Wednesday's security roundtable, which on this occasion was held in Puerto Vallarta, that the governor of Jalisco announced that the incidence of crime in Puerto Vallarta decreased by 27.1% in the first five months of 2022, compared to the same period of 2018, according to statistics from the Executive Secretariat of the National Public Security System (SENSP).

The property crimes that showed the greatest reduction were: 31.8% less in theft from private vehicles, 77.4% less in theft from businesses, 63.3% less in theft from homes, 59.7% theft from persons, 43.6% in theft from motorcycles, 47.2% less in extortion.

"We can clearly say that the strategy designed to guarantee that Puerto Vallarta is a safe destination is working, that there is a very good communication with the municipal president, that we are working hand in hand with the federation, with the municipality to maintain this inertia of reduction of security indicators in the municipality, there is a hard work agenda and we are adjusting some issues", expressed the governor.

This, he said, in addition to the coordination we have had with the National Guard and particularly with the Mexican Navy.

He added that proof of the advances in matters of security and the recovery of peace in the streets of Puerto Vallarta is also reflected in the growing economic and tourist activity registered by the port after the COVID-19 pandemic.

"It is no coincidence, that Vallarta is a destination we are proud of, we will continue to take care of it and today we can say with satisfaction that we are doing well, that we are not going to stop, security issues will never be understood as a victory, on the contrary", added the Governor.

Last March 24, this media made it known that the perception of security in Puerto Vallarta had increased between October and December 2021, when 73.4% of Vallartenses answered that they felt safe. In comparison, between October and December 2018, when only 61.3% of the citizens had that perception.

Capos arrested in Puerto Vallarta

El Chopa

Last Friday, April 23, Saul Alejandro N, alias "El Chopa" and another subject who accompanied him clashed with National Guard officers in the exclusive zone of Marina Vallarta. In the shootout "El Chopa" was wounded and was taken to a hospital where he died. His accomplice was arrested. According to federal investigations, Saul Alejandro N is related to the crime of Aristoteles Sandoval Diaz.

Don Carlos

On January 22, elements of the Mexican Army captured Carlos "N", alias "Don Carlos", one of the logistic operators of Nemesio Oseguera Cervantes, "El Mencho", in Puerto Vallarta. The arrest was made after months of tracking in a residence in the luxurious Marina Vallarta subdivision.

El Tanque

On October 13, 2019, agents of the State Prosecutor's Office arrested 19 members of the Jalisco Cartel - New Generation (CJNG) operating in Puerto Vallarta. The cell was led by Hugo Alberto N, alias 'El Tanque', linked to homicides and disappearances of people, in addition to the recruitment of people through social networks.


On April 30, 2018, federal forces arrested Adrián Gómez Meza, accountant and financial operator since 2016 of Hugo Gonzalo Mendoza Gaytán "El Sapo", plaza chief of the Jalisco Cartel - New Generation, in Puerto Vallarta.

El Cuini

Abigael González Valencia, "El Cuini", was arrested on February 28, 2015, in Puerto Vallarta, based on the provisional arrest warrant for extradition purposes.

Don Guty

On November 13, 2020, elements of the federal forces arrested Agustín González Chavarín, "Don Guty" or "El 14", indicated as the main operator of "El Mencho" on the northern coast of Jalisco. He was arrested along with Leopoldo "P" at a home in Palmar del Progreso, in Puerto Vallarta. They were charged with organized crime and crimes against health.