One topic you have been hearing about lately (mostly in the US) is safety in Mexico. As a potential visitor and investor, it’s important to know the reality versus the media-fed perception.

Mexico receives millions of U.S. citizens who safely visit Mexico each year for study, tourism, and business, including more than 150,000 who cross the border every day.

The US State Department lists states in Mexico and advises citizens on issues of criminal activity and issues warnings for areas it considers as areas of concern. For the state of Quintana Roo, home to cities like Cancun, Cozumel, Puerto Aventuras, Playa del Carmen, the Riviera Mayaand Tulum, no advisories are in effect. One more time: NO ADVISORIES ARE IN EFFECT. None.

But how do other major tourism areas of the world stack up?

Here’s the US State Department’s Advice:

·         Paris, France: The majority of crimes directed against foreign visitors, including U.S. citizens, involve pick-pocketing, residential break-ins, bicycle theft, and other forms of theft with minimal violence.

·         Madrid, Spain: Criminals tend to frequent tourist areas and major attractions such as museums, monuments, restaurants, outdoor cafes, Internet cafes, hotel lobbies, beach resorts, city buses, subways, trains, train stations, airports, and ATMs.

·          Rome, Milan, Florence, and Naples, Italy: Petty crimes such as pick-pocketing, theft from parked cars, and purse snatchingare serious problems, especially in large cities. Most thefts occur at crowded tourist sites, on public buses and trains, and at the major railway stations.

·         Canada? Although it has generally has a lower crime rate than the United States, violent crimes do occur throughout the country, especially in urban areas. Auto theft in Montreal and Vancouver, including theft of motor homes and recreational vehicles, may even occur in patrolled and apparently secure parking lots and decks.

What Precautions Should I Take While Vacationing or Living in Mexico?

Just like anywhere else, exercise an intelligent bit of caution when traveling outside your comfort zone.

During a vacation, keep these tips in mind:

·         Keep valuables, unnecessary documents and photocopies of travel documents in your safe.

·         Don’t travel with large amounts of cash. Your credit and debit cards are accepted almost everywhere.

·         Keep to the buddy system when traveling.

·         Don’t leave unattended luggage or bags in rental cars.

 How About Investing in Real Estate?

If you are considering the purchase of real property, make sure everyone involved is reputable, and insist on doing business ONLY with established companies with proven track records in the industry.

And don’t be afraid to ask for some time for a third party lawyer, account, etc., of your own choosing be able to look over documents BEFORE you sign on the dotted line. Do your due diligence.

At the Porto Bello Private Residence Club, we chose this part of Mexico for a reason. Actually several reasons:

·         It’s safe for building AND investing your hard-earned money

·         It’s safe for you to visit, enjoy and live in one of the most beautiful paradises on the planet.

·         You’re safe doing business with us. We are proven industry leaders with a long list of satisfied owners.

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