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More than 75 percent of people living in Mexico say their city is not secure

Mexico City, Mexico — According to the National Survey of Urban Public Safety for a report by INEGI, the perception of insecurity among those living in Mexico has increased in nearly every state of the country.

The most recent figures, which correspond to the last quarter of 2017, revealed that the city with the highest percentage insecurity perception is Reynosa, Tamaulipas with 95.6 percent of residents concerned about security in their city.

Other cities where citizens admitted to not feeling secure included Chilpancingo, Guerrero with 95.4 percent, Fresnillo, Zacatecas with 94.8 percent, Villahermosa, Tabasco with 94.4 percent, Coatzacoalcos, Veracruz with 93.6 percent and the North Zone of Mexico City with 92.7 percent.

In general, 75.9 percent of Mexicans surveyed nationwide consider that their cities are insecure.

In contrast, cities with the lowest perception of insecurity were Mérida, Yucatán at 29.1 percent, Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco 31.5 percent, Saltillo and Piedras Negras, Coahuila with 36 and 41.1 percent respectively, Campeche, Campeche  with 46.6 percent and finally Durango, 52.3 percent.

Although lower than the national average, each of these cities has recorded an increase in the feeling of insecurity over last year.

This study is carried out quarterly in 55 cities in adults aged 18 and older. This year, the survey showed that 80.5 percent of women nationally, and 70.6 percent of men, do not feel safe.

According to those surveyed, the most unsafe places were ATMs on public roadways followed by public transportation. Banks, busy pedestrian streets and markets also made the list of unsafe places with people saying they are the most likely to be attacked or assaulted.

The survey also reported that 35.8 percent of the population believes crime will continue into 2018, while 37.7 percent of those living in Mexico feel crime will worsen during the year.