Ciudad Juarez, Mexico
Ciudad Juarez is a densely populated city in Northern Mexico. Located in the state of Chihuahua, the city has a high rate of poverty with many of its citizens struggling to get by. Drug cartels and gangs operate in the city, bringing violence and destruction.
Homicide Risk: HIGH
In recent years, Ciudad Juarez has made headlines because of the alarming amount of women that have been murdered. It was estimated that more than 370 women were killed between 1993 and 2005. Half of the deaths were prompted by motives like robbery and gang wars, while a a third of the deaths involved sexual assault. A mass grave attributed to organized crime containing remains of women was also found in Madera Municipality in 2016.
Scams Risk: HIGH
Criminals in this city can spot unsuspecting tourists that they could take advantage of. You could be the victim of travel scams such as fake souvenirs, fake ATM’s or even fake policemen. Fake police will generally approach solo travelers. In the case where a police officer approaches you, asking to go with them to the station or elsewhere, immediately contact emergency services on 112.
Pickpocket Risk: HIGH
Pickpockets are known to operate in the city, especially in its busy cosmopolitan areas. Muggings are also fairly common. Visitors are advised to leave any valuables in a locked safe at their accommodation.
Transport and taxis risk: HIGH
You are likely to be a victim of theft while using public transport here. There are also fake taxi scams in Mexico so make sure to use a reputable taxi company.