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Safety in Tijuana

The Tijuana Ministry takes every precaution to assure the safety of travelers on the mission program.  Ministry leadership stays abreast of the current conditions in Mexico and checks regularly on reports issues by the US Department of State. Below are excerpts of statements taken from the 'Travel Warning' issued by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Consular Affairs for Mexico on February 08, 2012.

Millions of U.S. citizens safely visit Mexico each year for study, tourism, and business, including more than 150,000 who cross the border every day.  The Mexican government makes a considerable effort to protect U.S. citizens and other visitors to major tourist destinations, and there is no evidence that Transnational Criminal Organizations (TCOs) have targeted U.S. visitors and residents based on their nationality. 

Baja California (north): Tijuana is a major city/travel destination in the Northern portion of Baja California. You should exercise caution in the northern state of Baja California, particularly at night.  However, for comparison, almost every other state in Mexico is flagged as 'You should defer non-essential travel to that state.' Therefore, Tijuana is among the safest of the states.

According to the Government of Mexico, as of August 2011, the city’s murder rate was approximately 20 per 100,000.  However, for a comparison, please see the chart at the end of the attached document entitled 'United States Cities by Crime Rate'. The murder rate in New Orleans, Louisiana in 2010 was 49 per 100,000.  In Oakland, it was 22 per 100,000.

The report does state that the number of U.S. citizens reported to the Department of State as murdered in Mexico increased from 35 in 2007 to 120 in 2011.