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Old 02-24-2009   #61 (permalink)
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So anyone who posts here that has not had a mugging, robbery, theft, rape, assault or drug crime in the town they live in please let us know where you live.
Life happens no matter where you live. There are a few places in our town I would not walk alone at night without a gun, and even then I would probably be out gunned.
I live in the murder capital of Canada so I feel safer in PDC

I do love my city though. It is a wonderful place to live so long as you aren't involved in organized crime or drugs (see a theme emerging here??? lol)
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I live in the murder capital of Canada so I feel safer in PDC

I do love my city though. It is a wonderful place to live so long as you aren't involved in organized crime or drugs (see a theme emerging here??? lol)

Actually I think I am going to wrest that dubious distinction from you...Saskatoon is the murder capital of Canada, at least we were in 2008. Regina, Edmonton and Winnipeg are right on our heels though.

And yes, stay away from certain parts of the city and certain lifestyles and criminal activity, and you are pretty darn safe here, too. In fact, I feel almost as safe here as I do when in Mexico.
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So anyone who posts here that has not had a mugging, robbery, theft, rape, assault or drug crime in the town they live in please let us know where you live.
Life happens no matter where you live. There are a few places in our town I would not walk alone at night without a gun, and even then I would probably be out gunned.
What time frame? I didn't hear of any last night.
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Bah.....My commute at odd hours to the edge of downtown Minneapolis is worse than anything I may encounter in PDC. Unless I was wearing a bunch of bling at 2am staggering drunk off the beaten path. If you don't ask for trouble, you probably won't get it.
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Bah.....My commute at odd hours to the edge of downtown Minneapolis is worse than anything I may encounter in PDC. Unless I was wearing a bunch of bling at 2am staggering drunk off the beaten path. If you don't ask for trouble, you probably won't get it.
Milwaukee and Chicago, I know where the safe places are. Minneapolis scares me a little, but in my niavete, St Paul doesn't. Cleveland, Detroit; don't go there unless you have good local showing you around. Playa; east of 10th you'll be fine. Probably much of west of 10th too, especially during the day. And between the ferry piers (is the north one still there?) don't be afraid of the beach at night, just watch your step.

PS. I said night, not early morning.
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Actually I think I am going to wrest that dubious distinction from you...Saskatoon is the murder capital of Canada, at least we were in 2008. Regina, Edmonton and Winnipeg are right on our heels though.

And yes, stay away from certain parts of the city and certain lifestyles and criminal activity, and you are pretty darn safe here, too. In fact, I feel almost as safe here as I do when in Mexico.
Whew! You guys can have that title Does that mean I am now safe to go and buy some cocaine and a prostitute here in Edmonton?
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Whew! You guys can have that title Does that mean I am now safe to go and buy some cocaine and a prostitute here in Edmonton?
Maybe Edmonton is the slavery capital of Canada?

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I am booked for a trip to PDC on 4/25 for 14 days with my wife (for our 2th) and two early teen daughters. Been enjoying reading TR on this site for probably 6 months now, and booked a few weeks ago.

I can say that I am watching this situation very carefully, especially with my kids coming along. Cancun and spring break will be a large litmus test for us continuing with our travel plans. I'm not expecting problems, but would be foolish to not keep up to date on local happennings.

I see most of the people posting in this thread are posting about their personal safety, and taking things fairly inconsequentially. I would do the same, if only I were travelling. Please keep to date and make informed decisions, people.

I'm still looking forwards to Xcaret and Tulum tours, 5th Ave fun times at the Beer Bucket and Tequila Barrel, lazy beach middays, and cenote snorkelling, but I have to keep up to date and simply make informed decisions. (post uno for me, btw) hi!
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I am booked for a trip to PDC on 4/25 for 14 days with my wife (for our 2th) and two early teen daughters. Been enjoying reading TR on this site for probably 6 months now, and booked a few weeks ago.

I can say that I am watching this situation very carefully, especially with my kids coming along. Cancun and spring break will be a large litmus test for us continuing with our travel plans. I'm not expecting problems, but would be foolish to not keep up to date on local happennings.

I see most of the people posting in this thread are posting about their personal safety, and taking things fairly inconsequentially. I would do the same, if only I were travelling. Please keep to date and make informed decisions, people.

I'm still looking forwards to Xcaret and Tulum tours, 5th Ave fun times at the Beer Bucket and Tequila Barrel, lazy beach middays, and cenote snorkelling, but I have to keep up to date and simply make informed decisions. (post uno for me, btw) hi!
Welcome to the site

I have taken my children on trips to Playa in the past and I can genuinely say that I felt safe doing so. Be safe and smart just as you would in the US and you and your family will be fine. Stay away from the drugs, prostitutes (I didn't see any but I'm sure they are there..) and be mindful of how you behave when drinking - there should be no issues if you do all of that!!

Have a wonderful vacation!
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Maybe Edmonton is the slavery capital of Canada?

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Doh! now our secret is out....
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I am booked for a trip to PDC on 4/25 for 14 days with my wife (for our 2th) and two early teen daughters. Been enjoying reading TR on this site for probably 6 months now, and booked a few weeks ago.

I can say that I am watching this situation very carefully, especially with my kids coming along. Cancun and spring break will be a large litmus test for us continuing with our travel plans. I'm not expecting problems, but would be foolish to not keep up to date on local happennings.

I see most of the people posting in this thread are posting about their personal safety, and taking things fairly inconsequentially. I would do the same, if only I were travelling. Please keep to date and make informed decisions, people.

I'm still looking forwards to Xcaret and Tulum tours, 5th Ave fun times at the Beer Bucket and Tequila Barrel, lazy beach middays, and cenote snorkelling, but I have to keep up to date and simply make informed decisions. (post uno for me, btw) hi!
If you're booked for PDC, you're not going to have much of a Cancun/sprng break test.

Which is a good thing.

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If you're booked for PDC, you're not going to have much of a Cancun/sprng break test.

Which is a good thing.

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Hi Steve,

Very true, other than being able to judge if the more northern violence spreads to Cancun or surrounding areas. We're booked to arrive a month after spring break, and if there are problems in the Cancun area, they'll be well publicized. Right now, it's seemingly mainly confined to northern Mexico, around the TX and CA border areas.

However, I wouldn't expect things to travel south like that, and I can almost taste the langoustines and spiny lobster at Carboncitos right now though.
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So anyone who posts here that has not had a mugging, robbery, theft, rape, assault or drug crime in the town they live in please let us know where you live.
~Raises hand~

I can honestly say that our small town in Michigan is virtually crime free. It resembles Mayberry in its charm and safety.

However, it's still important to be smart. Our first major crime could happen at any time and I don't want my family to be the victims. So we lock our doors at night and my children play outside with the buddy system.

I can't say that I feel as safe in PdC as I do in my hometown, but then my hometown has no beach and nothing to do after 9:00pm. It's well worth the "risk" to travel!
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This is the kind of info well-meaning family sees and forwards to us. We are leaving Sunday for a week and can't wait! We've never felt unsafe in the areas of Mexico we've visited over the last 12 years. What struck me was the quote about the "airport shooting"...what is that about? I could find nothing about a shooting at the Cancun Airport...only something about a shooting "near" the Mexico City Airport" in late January. Anybody have any insights on what they could possibly be referencing?
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FORUM: Planning a trip to Mexico? A travel alert has been issued | ksdk.com | St. Louis, MO

This is the kind of info well-meaning family sees and forwards to us. We are leaving Sunday for a week and can't wait! We've never felt unsafe in the areas of Mexico we've visited over the last 12 years. What struck me was the quote about the "airport shooting"...what is that about? I could find nothing about a shooting at the Cancun Airport...only something about a shooting "near" the Mexico City Airport" in late January. Anybody have any insights on what they could possibly be referencing?



Wow .... I cannot believe some of the ignorant comments on that forum!

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There are enough places in the US for me and my husband to travel to for vacation w/o leaving our soil. I did go to Cancun and it was a nice trip except I think we picked the wrong time to go, there were too many young drunken kids there. But all in all it was a good trip. I hear that the Mexican Cartel is nothing to mess with, they will kill or kidnap you in a split second.
Yup, tourists get kidnapped ALL the time.



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We were looking at a trip because of prices being so low, then we realized it was because of all this going on. So we're going else where like the Bahamas!
No drugs or crime there, I am sure!


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Thats why I prefer the all inclusive dive resorts. Bus picks me up from the airport, brings me to the resort, and I stay there and dive all week until its time to leave, then I get back on the bus and go home. But when it comes to diving, I can think of a lot better places to go than Mexico.
I guess no one told him about the Canadian couple who were almost beheaded at the Barcelo Maya a few years ago....DOH!




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Travel to Mexico hasn't been safe for decades. The tourist traps are just that. They are safer than the 'real' country. But, venture out of that comfort zone, and you are taking your life into your own hands ... even the cops down are only interested in $. You want cheap trip, go to Mexico. You want comfort, safety, and beauty, go to Hawaii.

Yeah, we are terrified the entire time we venture away from 'tourist traps'.

What a bunch of hooey!

I never worry about my personal safety in Mexico, I use common sense like at home. I watch where I am walking and swimming because the sidewalks and the traffic and the ocean are by far the most hazardous things tourists need to watch for.

But I do agree it is important for people to get factual and accurate information about any area they are travelling to, this includes info about the crime levels. I don't worry about getting hit by stray bullets from a drug cartel war I might stumble across; that is so rare it's a non-issue.


What we do think about, in terms of crime- is- if we do happen to need help from the policia, can we trust them to really help us .... most stories I have heard tell me not really.

So best to avoid that situation by just being smart and cautious, by not being drunk and/or disorderly in public, not renting a car in favour of public transport, be safe and basically doing all we can to not cause any trouble at all. Is that tough to do? Not at all.
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