Mexico CIty - Dangerous??
Replies: 22 - Last Post: Apr 22, 2012 6:32 PM Last Post By: felmingham
Apr 6, 2012 10:27 AM
Apr 7, 2012 4:58 AM
Apr 7, 2012 6:51 AM
17Statistically speaking, if you live in an area where there is a large number of wealthy foreigners, who don't have cars, but ostentatiously display their wealth, you are more likely to be a victim than someone who is just visiting. Last year, I said that I would avoid living in Condesa/Roma for a number of reasons. Last week I said that a poster "shouldn't have any problems," but I suggested against not letting their guard down because that could get them into trouble. Those statements are not incongruent.
Apr 7, 2012 7:21 AM
18I've been thinking about the comments earleir about Iztapalapa, and noticed that it's the neighbourhood next to Cerro de Estrella, where I visited a couple of years ago. There's an urban natural park, and some ruins on the top of the hill. I don't think I got off at "Iztapalapa" metro stop though, I think I got off at "Cerro de Estrella" and then walked up through an ordinary working or middle class neighbourhood to the park. No signs of trouble, one guy asked if I wanted to buy marijuana, but didn't pressure me and it didn't bother me. Great views from the top of much of Mexico City. Probably the best days to go are the weekend, Sunday being preferred as there would be more people around.
Apr 7, 2012 7:36 AM
19yes, if you spend a lot of time somewhere then statistically you are more likely to be victimized in that place than someone who just passes through quickly. True everywhere, car owners or not, ostentatiously wealthy or not.
But if you believe that foreigners are targeted for robberies and express kidnappings in Condesa, then I think warning a visitor to not let their guard down and they should be fine is insufficient as this implies the usual precautions (beware of your surroundings, don't carry valuables, etc.) and does not communicate strongly enough that they will be particularly targeted for crimes as frightening as express kidnappings.
Apr 7, 2012 8:53 AM
20Thank you, monitor sanddrifts. I would take your instructions into consideration, but I think you fail to understand most of what is written in this post, as well as in the other post we have been discussing.
#19: To some extent, I agree. Iztapalapa is a large delegation, and some areas are better than others. In general, however, there isn't much for tourists to see their.
Apr 8, 2012 7:19 AM
21james 2187: yes, you've accused me before of not understanding when I disagree with you. Very convenient.
If the poster to whom you said don't let your guard down and you should be fine was instead told the same area is targeted for robberies and express kidnappings against foreigners, I'm sure they would feel very differently about visiting the area.
Under your theory, one could go to even the most dangerous areas but just don't stick around long enough to become a statistic.
Apr 22, 2012 6:32 PM
22I have visited Mexico City and my brother lived in DF for many years. Most of these he lived in Condessa. I am from Perth Western Australia and felt like Condessa could have been a city in Perth. It was lovely. Great cafes, bars, restaurants and friendly people.
I felt completely safe my whole stay in Mexico and especially in Condessa. There is a large portion of expats that live in Condessa. I would def go back and stay there if I went back to Condessa.
Enjoy your trip.
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