The National Survey of Urban Public Safety (ENSU) revealed that the perception of insecurity in Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, went from 31.5 percent in December 2017 to 51.9 percentage points in March of this year, that is, it increased 20.4 points in the last trimester.
The city enjoyed favorable ratings last year that was used in promoting the tourist destination. The survey is done quarterly and monitors the perception of safety by Mexican Nationals in their hometown, it does not reflect actual crime rates or the opinions of foreigners or tourists.
The study carried out during the first half of March 2018 by the National Institute of Statistics and Geography (INEGI), indicated that 76.8 percent of the Mexican population aged 18 and over considered that living in their city is unsafe; higher figure than that registered in March 2017.
Eighty-one percent of Mexican women feel more insecure, as opposed to 71.8 percent of men.
The cities with the highest perception of insecurity were the eastern region of Mexico City, Coatzacoalcos, Fresnillo, northern Mexico City, Chilpancingo de los Bravo and Cancún, with 96.7, 94.8, 94.7, 94.0, 93.3 and 93.2 percent, respectively.
The ENSU also showed that 81.3 percent of the population feels unsafe in ATMs on public roads; 74.3 percent on public transport; 68.7 percent in the streets that it transits; and 68.1 percent in the bank.