Crime in Zihuatanejo

by Elizabeth, Monday, October 16, 2017, 15:40 (191 days ago)
edited by Elizabeth, Monday, October 16, 2017, 15:59

I have been traveling to Ixtapa/Zihuatanejo since 1989 and have always felt safe. I am planning our trip for 2018 and I have been reading articles about the crime in the area. Is anyone else concerned to travel there? Article 1. http://www.foxnews.com/world/2017/05/26/mexican-forces-raid-police-precinct-find-20-officers-had-drug-trafficking-ties.html and Article 2 https://travel.state.gov/content/passports/en/alertswarnings/mexico-travel-warning.html

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by Mexalberta @, Monday, October 16, 2017, 15:45 (191 days ago) @ Elizabeth

Perhaps you haven’t been paying attention.Nothing new .

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by Elizabeth, Monday, October 16, 2017, 15:51 (191 days ago) @ Mexalberta

Really.

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by K&B @, Monday, October 16, 2017, 15:55 (191 days ago) @ Elizabeth

I am also concerned. I know that there is record crime in Chicago, Baltimore etc, but the lack of any resemblance of an honest police force in Zihua is troubling. I am booked for a month next February but am weighing my options for the following year.

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by Elizabeth, Monday, October 16, 2017, 16:01 (191 days ago) @ K&B

Thank you for your reply. I didn't know if it was just me or if there was reason for concern since the USA State Department has banned travel there for federal employees.

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by Gringo Viejo @, Kansas/Zihuatanejo, Monday, October 16, 2017, 16:49 (191 days ago) @ Elizabeth

Been coming for 3 to4 months year for 17 years. Now have moved here permanently. Crime is not an issue for my lifestyle-I go anywhere I ;lease and feel safe---but I am not a nigh owl.

The only 'crime' I know of is some drug based (like anywhere) and some extortion of local businesses.

All in all, I am very comfortable here, even got my Permanent resident visa recently.

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by Elizabeth, Monday, October 16, 2017, 18:38 (191 days ago) @ Gringo Viejo

Thank you.

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by Rogerthat, Monday, October 16, 2017, 16:50 (191 days ago) @ Elizabeth

Elizabeth, fear not. Well no more than Scottsdale or Ft. Meyers were the U S State Dept. wants you to spend your money. 36 years traveling to Mexico and have only been wronged down there by a rouge traffic cop and a white man from California.
Common sense and a polite smile get you a long ways in Zihuatanejo!

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by Elizabeth, Monday, October 16, 2017, 18:37 (191 days ago) @ Rogerthat

Thank you for the words of encouragement.

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by JACK @, Monday, October 16, 2017, 19:49 (191 days ago) @ Rogerthat

Elizabeth, fear not. Well no more than Scottsdale or Ft. Meyers were the U S State Dept. wants you to spend your money. 36 years traveling to Mexico and have only been wronged down there by a rouge traffic cop and a white man from California.

Maybe the "rouge traffic cop" was in fact Santa Claus?

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by Pelicano, Tuesday, October 17, 2017, 10:03 (191 days ago) @ JACK

Elizabeth, fear not. Well no more than Scottsdale or Ft. Meyers were the U S State Dept. wants you to spend your money. 36 years traveling to Mexico and have only been wronged down there by a rouge traffic cop and a white man from California.


Maybe the "rouge traffic cop" was in fact Santa Claus?

ROTFL

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by augustus, Saturday, October 21, 2017, 17:02 (186 days ago) @ K&B

Crime is everywhere not just the big cities been coming to Zih since 91 have had great times Stay home if you have all those fears

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by K&B @, Saturday, October 21, 2017, 18:07 (186 days ago) @ augustus

Thank you for the well thought out and very insightful response. You have demonstrated a very keen understanding of the issues that haven’t been posted on this message board previously.

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by ingrid, Saturday, October 21, 2017, 18:08 (186 days ago) @ augustus

Crime is everywhere not just the big cities been coming to Zih since 91 have had great times Stay home if you have all those fears

Your sentiment is really harsh but, on the bright side for some, no gigantic words to google and no pesky punctuation to slow me down.

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by Canada1 @, Saturday, October 21, 2017, 18:21 (186 days ago) @ ingrid

Crime is everywhere not just the big cities been coming to Zih since 91 have had great times Stay home if you have all those fears


Your sentiment is really harsh but, on the bright side for some, no gigantic words to google and no pesky punctuation to slow me down.

Now give that knife a bit of a twist Ingrid! :brilliant:

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True Life

by ZihuaRob ⌂ @, Zihuatanejo, México, Saturday, October 21, 2017, 18:23 (186 days ago) @ ingrid

Your sentiment is really harsh but, on the bright side for some, no gigantic words to google and no pesky punctuation to slow me down.

:megusta: ¡Ja!

Nothing like a glimpse to the past to remind us where we are in the present.


https://youtu.be/usNsCeOV4GM

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by Canada1 @, Saturday, October 21, 2017, 19:22 (186 days ago) @ ZihuaRob

Your sentiment is really harsh but, on the bright side for some, no gigantic words to google and no pesky punctuation to slow me down.


:megusta: ¡Ja!

Nothing like a glimpse to the past to remind us where we are in the present.


https://youtu.be/usNsCeOV4GM

Lol! you remain :brilliant: Sir!

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by Talley Ho @, Monday, October 16, 2017, 17:39 (191 days ago) @ Elizabeth

We are moving down permanently in the next couple of weeks. Does that tell you something?

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by Elizabeth, Monday, October 16, 2017, 18:37 (191 days ago) @ Talley Ho

Thank you for the reply.

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by ZihuaRob ⌂ @, Zihuatanejo, México, Monday, October 16, 2017, 17:45 (191 days ago) @ Elizabeth

Yeah, there are serious factual problems with those articles, but you'll be happy to hear that of the forty-something police arrested and sent to prison, 17 were just released and invited back to work on the police force. I'm sure they met lots of new friends on prison, and I expect they are less than enthusiastic to work for the people who put them in jail in the first place, but hey! It's appearances that count, right?

The sad truth remains we have no reliable local police force you could call in an emergency and expect a response in under an hour and a half. That seems to be the collective consensus. They're good at showing up where bodies are found and they're good at being bodyguards for políticos and influyentes, but other than that they haven't been much use for local citizens for many years if ever. But we do have the presence of the always wonderful and sometimes awesome Armada de México. I'll be posting a new emergency phone number soon for them, because our 911 service is a pathetic joke.

We do have a mixed state and federal force that are trying to take up the slack, but they are spread too thin and they aren't local so they don't know the characteristics of the local area, and the 911 calls are routed to a city somewhere else where they haven't a clue about streets or names of places or businesses. And apparently you have to speak slowly so they can type everything...

In spite of the fact that we have no local police force, there has been no looting of stores or rioting in the streets. The community is mostly made up of extremely hard-working, friendly and good-natured people. It's not hard to spot true locals because they're the ones who smile and say "buen día".

I wouldn't trust just ANY armed person around my nieto! ¡Viva la Marina!
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by Elizabeth, Monday, October 16, 2017, 18:36 (191 days ago) @ ZihuaRob

Thank you so much for all of the information, Rob. I actually brought you some root beer from the states years ago before the Commercial Mexicana was built. By the way, your grandbaby is adorable.

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by Canada1 @, Monday, October 16, 2017, 21:00 (191 days ago) @ ZihuaRob

Rob, your message all though factual does not instill alot of confidence for people planning to visit this beautiful place.:-(

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by ingrid, Tuesday, October 17, 2017, 02:35 (191 days ago) @ Canada1

Rob, your message all though factual does not instill alot of confidence for people planning to visit this beautiful place.:-(

i think that people making these types of inquiries prefer factual answers to being misled that everything is sweetness, light, fairy dust and unicorns. Armed with honest, factual information people are able to make reasonable decisions appropriate for them and their family. It serves no purpose to lure people with inaccurate information only to have edgy, nervous visitors miserable and unable to relax and enjoy their vacations.

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by frostbite ⌂ @, Hamilton MT, Tuesday, October 17, 2017, 06:29 (191 days ago) @ ingrid

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by Canada1 @, Tuesday, October 17, 2017, 09:08 (191 days ago) @ ingrid

Rob, your message all though factual does not instill alot of confidence for people planning to visit this beautiful place.:-(


i think that people making these types of inquiries prefer factual answers to being misled that everything is sweetness, light, fairy dust and unicorns. Armed with honest, factual information people are able to make reasonable decisions appropriate for them and their family. It serves no purpose to lure people with inaccurate information only to have edgy, nervous visitors miserable and unable to relax and enjoy their vacations.

True enough Ingrid.....the true factual info will surely have visitors edgy, nervous and unable to Relax IF they choose to visit this wonderful Area!

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by ingrid, Tuesday, October 17, 2017, 11:44 (191 days ago) @ Canada1

Rob, your message all though factual does not instill alot of confidence for people planning to visit this beautiful place.:-(


i think that people making these types of inquiries prefer factual answers to being misled that everything is sweetness, light, fairy dust and unicorns. Armed with honest, factual information people are able to make reasonable decisions appropriate for them and their family. It serves no purpose to lure people with inaccurate information only to have edgy, nervous visitors miserable and unable to relax and enjoy their vacations.


True enough Ingrid.....the true factual info will surely have visitors edgy, nervous and unable to Relax IF they choose to visit this wonderful Area!

Canada1, I am not sure I understand your comment. Are you implying that by providing people with accurate information that you would be discouraging them from vacationing there or that people committed to vacationing there will be edgy, nervous and unable to relax as a result of being informed? I think that most people being informed of the realities of the area and on how to enjoy themselves safely will choose to explore and fall in love with our paradise. There absolutely will be those who will find the information unsettling and change their plans but I maintain better that they make informed decisions based on THEIR comfort level than spend the week frightened and intimidated. If the intention is just to get people to vacation there you can promise them anything but if you hope that they are going to enjoy themselves and return year after year allow them to make informed decisions.

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by frostbite ⌂ @, Hamilton MT, Monday, October 16, 2017, 17:53 (191 days ago) @ Elizabeth

We've been visiting Zihua for around 20 years and built a house there. While there is crime there, as there is everywhere, we do not feel intimidated. We generally stay in the "touristy" parts of town after dark, we don't stumble around drunk, we don't withdraw money from ATMs after dark, we don't wear flashy jewelry, etc. i.e. commonsense behavior anywhere you go. Relax and have a great time in Zihua. We're looking forward to our next trip down in December.

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by Dianled @, Oregon, Monday, October 16, 2017, 21:53 (191 days ago) @ Elizabeth

We will be there in three weeks. Can hardly wait. Thinking we have heard these warnings many times, but always need to reassure ourselves.

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by CountryDancer @, Vancouver, Washington, Tuesday, October 17, 2017, 00:40 (191 days ago) @ Elizabeth

There is crime most anywhere, I feel safe in Zihuatanejo, but as others have said, I don't travel outside the 'tourist' areas, I don't get drunk, and I leave my jewelry home.

I'm headed down in 40 days. Unfortunately only for 8 nights. I try to go every year. I would love to learn what I can about a possible move down there.

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by frostbite ⌂ @, Hamilton MT, Tuesday, October 17, 2017, 06:33 (191 days ago) @ CountryDancer

For permanent residency, Mexico requires proof of a minimum income. When I received mine, it was US$1500.00 per month.

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by Gringo Viejo @, Kansas/Zihuatanejo, Tuesday, October 17, 2017, 08:05 (191 days ago) @ frostbite

A lot of changes on Jan 1, 2017. For me it was $2538month/USD. My research indicates the funding issue and others are subject to change without notice, possible due to exchange rate??

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by Talley Ho @, Tuesday, October 17, 2017, 08:25 (191 days ago) @ Gringo Viejo

It can also be done by showing a total net worth of, I think last year it was about $300,000 US dollars. Then, no monthly income proof is necessary.

Also, you don't have to be a permanent resident to live here. Many people come and go and are able to get 180 day permits every time they return.

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by Curbarn, summer b.c. winter zihua, Wednesday, October 18, 2017, 10:45 (190 days ago) @ Elizabeth

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by Curbarn, summer b.c. winter zihua, Wednesday, October 18, 2017, 15:32 (189 days ago) @ Curbarn

I posted that for reference only, the bad guys on the golf course have different weapons than guns knives or bombs yet they usually get my money. I dont have manu bad guys chasing me at 7 am on the beach. When i go out to dinner at 630 at night the bad guys are satill waking up. Then I am at home at night.

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by Curly! ⌂, Great Pacific Northwet, Wednesday, October 18, 2017, 16:00 (189 days ago) @ Curbarn

Hopefully, their facts and figures are a little better than their picture of a Zihuatanejo beach.

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by Curbarn, summer b.c. winter zihua, Wednesday, October 18, 2017, 16:12 (189 days ago) @ Curly!

factually Ixtapa is in Zihuatanejo de Azueta.

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More Excited with Each Visit

by LaurieMac @, B.C. Canada, Wednesday, October 18, 2017, 18:43 (189 days ago) @ Elizabeth

I have been traveling to Ixtapa/Zihuatanejo since 1989 and have always felt safe. I am planning our trip for 2018 and I have been reading articles about the crime in the area. Is anyone else concerned to travel there? Article 1. http://www.foxnews.com/world/2017/05/26/mexican-forces-raid-police-precinct-find-20-officers-had-drug-trafficking-ties.html and Article 2 https://travel.state.gov/content/passports/en/alertswarnings/mexico-travel-warning.html

Same!! Been visiting and bring family and friends for over 25 years sometimes 3 times per year and I get more excited with each visit even with changes, developments and all Z "news" good, bad or otherwise!!
Zihuatanejo has my heart in about 44 more days.

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by Mexalberta @, Wednesday, October 18, 2017, 19:15 (189 days ago) @ LaurieMac

Pretty easy to figure out, poor policing, more crime.
But still much better than Las Cabos.

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by Canada1 @, Wednesday, October 18, 2017, 19:29 (189 days ago) @ LaurieMac

Here now and it is as wonderful as ever. :brilliant:

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More Excited with Each Visit

by Helene @, Zih, Thursday, October 19, 2017, 17:10 (188 days ago) @ Canada1

I agree. Been coming now for over 26 years. Have always felt safe. I will continue to come as long as I can. BUT I also don't go out to bars at least not alone and am home around 10 ish. Have friends I can trust. People are great here.