The perceived lack of safety reached its highest level in just over three years this September, according to the results of the quarterly National Survey of Urban Public Safety conducted by the National Statistics and Geography Institute (INEGI).
During September 2016, the survey found that 71.9 percent of the population aged 18 and older believed their city was unsafe; this result is the second highest since the survey was first conducted, and is the highest since March 2014 when it peaked at 72.4 percent.
In September 2016, the cities with the highest percentage of people aged 18 and over who perceived their cities as unsafe were: Ecatepec de Morelos, State of Mexico (95.3 percent), the eastern region of Mexico City (94.2 percent), Coatzacoalcos, Veracruz (93.4 percent), Acapulco, Guerrero (93.3 percent) and Villahermosa, Tabasco (90.7 percent).
The cities with lower perceptions of insecurity were: Merida, Yucatán (33.2 percent), Tepic, Nayarit (35.7 percent), San Francisco de Campeche, Campeche (35.7 percent), Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco (41.9 percent) and Durango, Durango with (33.2 percent).
In September 2016, 79.6 percent of the population of 18 years said they felt unsafe at ATMs located in public places, 71.7 percent felt unsafe in public transportation, 65.9 percent felt unsafe in the bank and 62.5 percent felt unsafe on high traffic streets or roads.