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04/16/09
Tourist Zones Up To 26 Times Safer In Mexico Than U.S.A.?
Filed under: Cancun Tourism, Is Cancun Safe
Posted by: Dangers @ 6:58 pm

This one’s a press release of interest from the folks at ReMax Mexico…

New research by RE/MAX Investment
Properties comparing homicide rates in the U.S.A., Canada and Mexico
shows that Mexican tourist zones are much safer than those in the
U.S.A. and many tourists are probably safer on vacation in Mexico than
when on vacation or living at home.”

(PRWEB) April 16, 2009 — New homicide rate research released today by Mexican real estate (http://www.investmentpropertiesmexico.com/)
agency, RE/MAX Investment Properties, indicates that major tourist
zones in Mexico are up to 26 times safer than some tourist zones in the
U.S.A.

•    The Mexican state of Baja California Sur - location of tourist
zones Los Cabos, La Paz and Loreto - has a homicide rate 26 times lower
than Orlando, 18 times lower than Miami, 17 times lower than West Palm
Beach, 12 times lower than Tampa and half that of Honolulu.

•    The Mexican state of Quintana Roo - location of tourist zones
Cancun and the Riviera Maya - has a homicide rate 14 times lower than
Orlando, 10 times lower than Miami, 9 times lower than West Palm Beach,
6 times lower than Tampa and lower than that of Honolulu.

The study looks at homicide rates for the first 3 months of 2009 in 15
Mexican states and compares them with the average 3 month homicide
rates for 18 cities in the U.S.A. and 9 cities in Canada in 2007 and
2008.

The figures also show that Mexican tourist zones are even safer when
the homicide rate is compared with major cities in the U.S.A. and
Canada, where many tourists to Mexico have their homes.

For example, Baja California Sur has a homicide rate 39 times lower
than Washington D.C., 19 times lower than Houston, 17 times lower than
Dallas, 7 times lower than the city of New York and 3 times lower than
Vancouver.

Gary Almedal, Broker at RE/MAX Investment Properties, said, “We knew
Mexico’s tourist areas were safe, but our homicide rate research really
put things in perspective. Many tourists are probably safer on vacation
in Mexico than when on vacation or living at home.”

As President Obama visits Mexico, RE/MAX Investment Properties hopes
that the research will help overcome the recent representation in some
media of Mexico as a violent country all over.

The new study shows most violence in Mexico is restricted to isolated
zones in Chihuahua, Guerrero and U.S. border areas. Mexico’s biggest
tourist areas remain a paradise for vacationers.

Notes to Editors:

•    The research used the most recent official government statistics
available for the USA and Canada and recent national newspaper
statistics for Mexico.

•    The number of homicides per million population for the 3 months
January to March 2009 in Mexico was compared with the average number of
homicides per million population per 3 months in 2008* in the U.S. and
2007 in Canada. (* Except Washington D.C. where 2007 figures were used
due to unavailability of comparable data for 2008.)

•    RE/MAX Investment Properties is an independently owned and
operated real estate agency in the Riviera Maya, Mexico. They
specialize in finding unique investment property opportunities in
Mexico.

Statistical Limitations:

•    Since the Mexican data relies on newspaper reports it may
underestimate the number of homicides. Even taking this into account,
the Mexican tourist zone homicide rates are still considerably lower
than those in many tourist zone and cities in the USA.

•    The study only looked at homicide rates, not other forms of
violent crime, so only represents one measure of safety for any given
area.

•    Crime statistics are often better indicators of prevalence of law
enforcement and willingness to report crime, than actual prevalence.

•    The population statistics for the USA and Canada are for 2007 and
for Mexico for 2005. Differences in the years and changes in population
may have an effect on homicide rates.

•    See the Appendix below for full statistics.

Data Sources:

USA            FBI                        http://www.fbi.gov

Mexico        Excelsior Newspaper        http://www.exonline.com.mx

Canada        Statistics Canada            http://www.statcan.gc.ca

Populations for Mexico for 2005. Source: Instituto Nacional de Estadística y Geografía http://www.inegi.org.mx

For more information contact:

Ian F. Campbell, Marketing, RE/MAX Investment Properties, Mexico.

Email: press(at)investmentpropertiesmexico.com    Cell: +34-693-246-997.

Web: http://www.investmentpropertiesmexico.com

See full data tables in the attached PDF version of this press release or on RE/MAX Investment Properties real estate news (http://www.investmentpropertiesmexico.org/) site.

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