For companies considering manufacturing in Mexico, security is typically of great interest and concern. Media outlets from around the world, always seeking to attract readers and viewers to their news brands, seem to anxiously await the next gruesome story related to the drug war in Mexico. Such stories tend to focus on organized crime throughout the country, and in particular, on the high-level criminal groups who perpetuate violent crime across the various states.
As a result, the international perception of Mexico’s overall security is grossly distorted. This is especially true within the Mexico manufacturing sector, and in particular, in the geographical areas that are located directly along the southern border of the United States, such as in Baja California Sur, Nuevo León and Chihuahua, among others.
Generally speaking, many parts of Mexico are quite safe. Granted, there are areas of Mexico that should be avoided when possible, but visitors and business travelers alike should always follow common sense safety procedures—both at home and abroad.
Nowadays, there are security forces as well as armed forces addressing the border security issues from both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border. Both Mexican law enforcement and U.S. federal police, along with the military, carry out random checks on freight transport and other vehicles coming into Mexico, as well as random security check points in many Mexican cities, such as in Mexico City, throughout tourist areas like Quintana Roo, and more.
This shows the Mexican government’s dedication to eliminating drug cartel involvement, kidnapping, and overall violence, which has already been effective in reducing the crime rate in Mexico in recent years.