5 Tips for Living in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
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Several things to keep in mind when considering a move here: the crime statistics have been steadily rising. The July 15th issue of the San Miguel de Allende Atencion newspaper printed the crime statistics for our town during the 5 month period ending May 2016.
This includes 23 homicides, 17 rapes, 215 street robberies, 59 house robberies, 23 other sexual crimes, 41 car thefts & 49 business robberies.
There is a website on Facebook called More Security in San Miguel which posts ongoing statistics on crimes being committed. For example on Mon., July 18 there was yet another shooting near Col. San Felipe on the Libramiento Manuel Zavala which they posted. For such a small town of less than 140K it is of great concern.
The 95 assassinations in August for the state of Guanajuato was the highest of any month this year according to the National Public Security System. Most of the murders have been linked to the activities of organized crime in the Bajío state. Some of Guanajuato’s homicide victims have included high-ranking officials belonging to the municipal police of the city of Celaya, where our local CostCo and Home Depot are located, including Commander Marco Antonio Murillo Gómez, who was executed August 8 while eating breakfast inside the city’s El Dorado market.
Three days later, police officer Césarea Saavedra Jiménez was killed after her vehicle was ambushed by sicarios, or hired assassins. Many residents do not wish for these statistics to be known. However, large numbers are leaving as this is occurring much too close to home.
Hi, I actually already live in San Miguel de Allende, GTO, Mx. I have a casita I rent and the tenant seems to think, based on your cost of living numbers, that he is being over charged for gas. I wonder if you have kept up with the moving cost of gas recently, and if you would want to make a correction if one is appropriate? I would love to show him any updated information, as gas here has skyrocketed over the years. I don't know if the cost is the same everywhere in Mexico. We have about 3.5 months when we use our gas heaters to stay comfortable. The rest of the year we don't need a heater, but our cooking and clothes dryers are used year round. Thanks for any updates! Livesinmexico