A land of contrasts straddling temperate and tropical zones
Crime in Mexico continues at high levels, and it is often violent, especially in Mexico City, Tijuana, Ciudad Juarez, Nuevo Laredo, Monterrey, Acapulco, and the state of Sinaloa. Other metropolitan areas have lower, but still serious, levels of crime. Low apprehension and conviction rates of criminals contribute to Mexico’s high crime rate. Most violence is drug-related and involves people engaged in the drug trade or in the suppression of smuggling narcotics into the United States. Drug trafficking and organized crime has been the major source of crime in Mexico.