Although it may come as a surprise to those who have heard all the exaggerated stories the news likes to use to keep viewership high, one of the most important benefits of owning Mexico real estate and living in this country is the safety.
News on T.V., on the internet and in print like to focus on drug conflicts, sickness outbreaks and natural disasters; the part that the news conveniently forgets to mention (because good news is catches people's attention less) is that Mexico actually excels in its preparation for and reaction to large-scale problems.
Those who own Mexico homes in Merida, for example, an old colonial city on the Yucatan Peninsula, which is the largest and oldest, will know that it is one of the safest places not only in Mexico, but even safer than many places in the U.S. or Canada. For this same reason, it is quickly growing into one of the most important Mexican retirement communities.
In addition to safety on the street and a very, very low rate of violent crime, Merida also offers a very high level of safety for travel and extreme weather protection. In late 2010, the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) granted recognition to the international airport of this city for its work in training and education for hurricane emergencies, which positions the terminal as one of the safest in the world.
The safety enjoyed in this city brought a 13 percent growth in its operations during 2010, reflecting growth in tourism and the expat community.
Yucatan also offers very modern infrastructure and services to complement its high level of safety training in the airport, offering guests and expat residents safety and security, a point which the city government works hard to improve on an ongoing basis.
Another indication of the high level of safety, not only for Merida, but for all of Mexico, was the outbreak of the "swine flu" (H1N1 virus) during 2009. While international news capitalized on the big story of the outbreak for about 2 weeks, the point that was given less attention was the quick reaction from the federal government.
The president was given special powers, immediately cancelling schools and a good deal of activities, creating immediate special healthcare programs, communicating the problem internationally, and placing more attention on containing the outbreak and protecting both Mexicans and foreign visitors than protecting the short-term economy or his government's reputation. His efforts, which were very successful, were praised by many international figures, including the president of the U.S. - a point which few of the news sources published which were so eager to cash in on the outbreak a few months before.
Overall, Mexico is a very safe place to live.
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