Can I feel safe in Merida?
is one of the three safest cities in Mexico. Its crime rates are really low; hence, travellers will be able to feel at ease and totally enjoy their vacations, however, it is advisable to take a few precautions in order to forestall lowlifes from clouding your stay at the capital of Yucatan.
What should I do in case of an emergency?
- Mind your suitcases at the airport and do not accept errands or packages from people you do not know.
- Keep your wallet in a safe place and carry with you only the cash you deem necessary for the day's expenses and no more than one credit card. It is also recommendable to carry a photocopy of your passport with you.
- Do not wear too much jewellery; leave them at the hotel's safety box, for they could be a temptation for thieves. Do not neglect your purse either.
- Be extremely careful with your photo and video cameras.
- In you need to take a taxi, try to take one of the units parked at the doors of the hotels or tourist places, especially at night.
- Avoid walking along solitary places and try to be in the company of somebody else, especially at night.
- Try not to go by yourself to withdraw money from an ATM. Desist of continuing the operation if you watch any weird device in it, or if any of the slots have been tampered with.
- Avoid consuming alcohol in the streets for your own safety. On the other hand, do not carry for any reason illegal substances for Mexican police are usually very strict regarding these cases.
If you were to have any problem during your stay in Merida you can solicit help and assistance dialling the following numbers: Tourist Police (52-999) 925-2525 - extension 260 - and 930-3200 – extension 462 - 24 hours a day; Fire Fighters (52-999) 983-05-55 / 924-9242; Red Cross (52-999) 928-53-91 / 924-8913; Tourist Auxiliary Patrol or Green Angels (52-999) 983-1184; Road Federal Police (52-999) 928-65-47 / 946-1203; Merida Police (52-999) 925-2555; State Judicial Police (52-999) 925-9367; Secretariat of Foreign Affairs (52-999) 926-2007; Representative of the Consumer (52-999) 923-2323 / 923-2444. It is also advisable to get in contact with the consulate or embassy of your country of origin.