Is Cancun Safe?
By Aaron Miller, TopicCancun.com Contributor
Updated Movember 11, 2013
Is Cancun Safe Alert! Honeymoon ends in death.
A 55 year old man, Ray Cottam, from the UK was killed in an apparent hit and run incident in July while visiting Cancun with his new wife.
Is Cancun Safe Alert! Malaria in Cancun?
July 2012, In turns out that Cancun and much of the Mayan Riviera is regarded as a medium risk area for contracting Malaria according to the CDC (Center for Disease Control). When asking 'Is Cancun Safe?', many may be concerned about violence, drownings, and gang related crime in Cancun but there seems to be a small but real Cancun safety risk related to malaria. Malaria is a blood-borne disease caused by a parasite and is typically transmitted by mosquitoes. For more information about this 'Is Cancun Safe' risk read the complete article Is Cancun Safe? Malaria Risk. Want to see if Cancun is safe or a nearby area? Take a look at the CDC Malaria Map for Cancun here: Is Cancun Safe? CDC Malaria Map (zoom in on Mexico)
Is Cancun Safe Alert! What is Distraction Theft?
You are sitting on a seemingly safe bus in Cancun ready to depart for another city when a woman drops some coins on the floor around your feet. Of course you will help to pick the coins up right? Wrong. In this latest Is Cancun Safe update it seems that while a couple from the UK were graciously helping the coin dropping woman a pair of men were busy stealing their bags from the overhead storage area in the bus. They lost all of their money and passports. The details of this Is Cancun Safe alert story can be found here: Is Cancun Safe? Beware of Distraction Theft!
Is Cancun Safe Alert! Most wanted Fugitive Found in Cancun.
Remember this next time you see a person selling timeshares in the Cancun Airport. US Marshals have recently located a man who was on the most wanted list for decades. Turns out he was selling timeshares to Cancun visitors passing through the airport. Is Cancun Safe Tip: Walk straight through the airports arrivals area. You don't need to stop and provide anyone with information. The Cancun transportation, transfers,shuttle, and taxi service is outside anyone else trying to speak with you in the airport is trying to scam you. More information about this Is Cancun Safe Alert can be found here: Is Cancun Safe? Fugitive working airport!
Is Cancun Safe in June 2012? June has been a quiet month for Cancun safety.
We are happy to say that there haven't been any widely published reports of violence against tourists in Cancun in June 2012. We'll keep monitoring the situation and let's see if July brings any 'Is Cancun Safe' Alerts.
There are local reports of scattered drug violence and typical crime continuing in the greater Cancun area but nothing stands out as being relevant to tourist safety this month. Is Cancun safe? Well, it seems to be safe this month. Enjoy!
Is Cancun Safe Alert! Shots fired at a Cancun Hotel and local businesses.
Recently a 3:00am attack on local businesses and a local hotel included shots from multiple weapons killing one person and damaging several businesses. It appears that the attack was a warning to local businesses from certain criminal elements. This incident occurred in downtown Cancun far away from the popular Cancun Hotel Zone. This development doesn't appear to affect the safety of Cancun tourist populations and seems to be a local incident only. For more info: Is Cancun Safe? Shooting Alert
Is Cancun Safe Alert! Keep an eye on your drinks when in Cancun
There are various reports of Cancun tourists discovering that thier drinks have been tampered with. The common suspicion is that unsuspecting guests don't pay attention to their drinks and someone else adds a drug causing them to become unable to resist or even unconcious. In some cases the drugged Cancun guest is the robbed or otherwise assulted. Who knows if the stories are true but it is becoming a common complaint. So to help answer the question "Is Cancun Safe?", it can be if you pay attention to who comes into contact with your drinks in Cancun!
Here is a link to one of the latest is Cancun safe stories: Is Cancun Safe? Tampered Drinks News Story
Is Cancun Safe? For 2012, here are some tips for tourists:
Is Cancun Safe Video: Old Cancun Safe News Report
More info: Is Cancun Safe?
Considering the volume of people flowing through Cancun each year it’s quite safe, in fact the developed tourist areas of Cancun enjoy a higher level of safety then most areas in Mexico.
It’s unlikely that you will have any problems when having a safe Cancun vacation. Last year Cancun was the#1 tourist destination for Americans and hosted more than 20 million tourists. Many can answer the question 'Is Cancun Safe?', with a resounding 'Yes'!
Every busy city has plenty of street crime, corruption, kidnappings, fires, drowning, and assaults. And comparatively Cancun, Mexico is safer than many big cities. The local population of Cancun is only about 600,000 people making it a large town by Mexican standards.
In 2010 millions of tourists from every part of the world visited safe Cancun. Most had a wonderful time but just like any other busy destination there are some idiots who cause trouble and there are innocent people who are in the wrong place at the wrong time. The risks are higher in Cancun because safety standards are sometimes lower than high-end first world destinations and for that reason you should consider yourself more vulnerable in Cancun.
Mexico as a culture tends puts a lower priority on some common sense safety precautions and the act of cutting corners stems from a desire to make more money. Mexicans, like everyone in the world, just want to get ahead and for some of them unfortunately the equation of safety = profit doesn’t add up.
So remember to pay attention and don’t show up with a sense of entitlement assuming that everything meets your native safety standards. You will have little success suing them if the railing on the balcony breaks, so don’t lean on it like it’s guaranteed to support you for example. A safe vacation in Cancun may be a refreshing exercise in how to look after yourself without trusting that someone else has ensured your safety.
Is Cancun Safe Video:Cancun Bar Fire
Is Cancun Safe Video:Cancun Victims
Is Cancun Safe Video:Cancun Beach Security
Is Cancun Safe: Drug cartel and gang violence in Cancun
How many tourists have been killed in Cancun as a result of drug cartel violence as of April 2011? Zero. In fact most of the tragic violence is happening in the North of the country. Cancun is safely over 1500 miles away from Juarez, Mexico and the Cancun timezone is even different than some of other drug violence areas in Mexico. Cancun is safely tucked away in the south-eastern part of Mexico and the Cancun coast is part of the Caribbean Sea. Cancun is generally not part of any major drug routes to the USA and there is very little cartel violence. There is however a documented presence of the notorious Cartel 'Los Zetas' in the area so to enjoy a safe time in Cancun don't associate yourself with any element of the drug trade.
The most common cause of unnatural death to tourists in Cancun is drowning and a close second place cause is people falling from balconies. so to increase your safety in Cancun, be careful on the balconies.
Where is Cancun?
Cancun Mexico is located on the southern tip of the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico. Basically on the coast of the Caribbean Sea.