In a previous post I included an image that shows where crime is concentrated for the greater Los Angeles area and remarked that these are the places you don’t want to go, but that doesn’t mean you don’t visit Los Angeles. I also said what we need is a similar map, but for Mexico, as to where you may not want to go. Well the LA Times was kind enough to deliver that kind of map for us as well.
This shows that 2,439 deaths have occurred this year related to the drug wars in the whole country of Mexico. And most of this had to do with drug gangs taking out each other as they fought for turf – or taking our the competition.
The orange circles show where the crimes have predominantly been taking place. Puerto Vallarta is situated just to the left of where the text says “State of Mexico -156 deaths” on the coast. You can see the inset coastline, which is the Bay of Banderas. There are no circles in or near the Puerto Vallarta area.
So its just like the previous post about Los Angeles. There are good places and bad places in LA, and most people know that, but you don’t write off the whole city because of it. The same goes for the country of Mexico. There are places that have experienced more violent crimes because of the drug wars – stay away from those. But don’t think that you have to avoid the whole country of Mexico!