Portrait of America

NPR reports that last year 56 people were murdered in Stockton, CA. Sure, it’s no Ciudad Juarez, but this murder rate implies that Stockton is more dangerous for gringos than Mexican  border towns such as Nuevo Laredo (drug war death rate 50) and Nogales (drug war death rate 28). Meanwhile, San Miguel de Allende gets a clean bill of health with zero drug war deaths during the first nine months of 2011. Oaxaca City, Puerto Escondido, Playa del Carmen, and La Paz are similarly safe. The moral? If you’re driving to Mexico…avoid Stockton.

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  1. -El Codo- says:

    I try to focus on real hazards in Mexico. Getting smacked crossing a street, falling down on slippery cobblestones, getting dipped by a pickpocket, being burgled in a set-up of a hotel room, having a window smashed in an automobile to rob it, now those are real hazards. (I don’t even want to think about getting sideswiped by a speeding DINA sugar cane truck).

    There is something about the combination “Mexico” and “Bandits” that seems to trigger a primordial fear in Americans. Getting winged by a stray ricochet would somehow be worse than being splattered across the grill of a KenMex. Having a wallet lifted in a crowded market is much more “egregious” than blowing up a five thousand dollar motor because “I forgot to check the oil” Is it the thought that we are “prey” that is the mitigating factor in deciding that any other misfortune would be preferable to being preyed on?

    The point I’m trying to make is, many travelers put *all* of their energy to work trying to avoid being preyed on, while ignoring other sources of danger or severe inconvenience that is far more likely to strike them in Mexico.

  2. Jeffrey O'Brien says:

    Last year forty Canadians were murdered in Edmonton aka Deadmonton. Murdered by other Canadians. You would have to go back years to find forty murdered Canadians in Mexico. Then subtract the ones who where up to no good…