Why Lake Chapala is a Safe Place to Visit and/or Live
Researching your Mexico destination before you leave home means you’ll be better prepared to explore the aspects of Mexico that drew you here in the first place. With headlines of drug cartel border violence making a strong presence in the news media, it’s understandable why some might question travel to Mexico. Lake Chapala and Ajijic, located just 45 minutes south of Guadalahara in the state of Jalisco, is a world away from the U.S. border and the northern part of Mexico where violence is undoubtedly more evident in day-to-day life.
As you center the villages of Lake Chapala and Ajijic you’ll instantly feel how far away you truly are from the drug violence and instead get taken in by the charm and tranquility of this small village. As you drive down the main street you’ll be greeted with friendly smiles and an eagerness to help visitors whose patronage is essential to the local economy.
Chapala and Ajijic are small towns. Many of the residents know one another and children are well taken care of and kept safe. The local police force in Chapala and Ajijic are on 24-hour patrol of the town and surrounding area; the duties of the policia turistica are to keep our streets and beaches safe at night and enforce laws regarding drug possession and other crimes.
As in any city around the world, there is petty theft and other minor crime. However, the communities of Chapala and Ajijic have come together to help reduce these types of activities and increase security in general by looking out for suspicious behavior or activity and bringing it to the attention of the town’s residents and policia turistica as soon as it occurs. But take precaution and use common sense. Do not travel with unnecessary valuables and use provided safes in your vacation rental home. Close and lock all windows and doors when going out. And do not leave any valuables visible in parked cars.
Chapala and Ajijic are safe. By using common sense and taking responsibility for yourself, your family and possessions, your stay here will be a fun and memorable experience and you’ll be sure to return.
Here are our Top Ten Reasons why Chapala and Ajijic are such a safe place to visit:
1) Small friendly villages
2) Far from USA/Mexico border drug cartel activity
3) 24-hour police patrols
4) Almost NO violent crime
5) Noise is kept to a minimum at night
6) Mexico is reated far below the US and Canada in crime stats
7) No major hotel chains
8) Strong sense of Community
9) Streets are well-lit
10) Family-oriented communities with little criminal history