Los Cabos is already considered one of the safer Mexican vacation destinations to visit, and it’s about to become even safer as they add 150 new police officers to protect tourists and citizens. This year, 50 new municipal police officers will be introduced to the force, with another 100 to follow next year. These officers will be tasked with maintaining security in Cabo San Lucas and San José del Cabo, along with the various military elements in place for the same purpose.
Just a few weeks ago, it was announced that the military will also continue to provide security in the popular tourist destination. After a vote by Congress, the government decided at that time that the continued protection provided by the military would last until at least 2028. While for some, this provides peace of mind, others oppose the continued military presence.
In the case of tourists, whether it is the military and police presence or something else, the majority of them say they feel safe visiting Los Cabos. This was determined by providing exit surveys to tourists upon departing from the area following their vacations. The exit surveys were evaluated by the Los Cabos Tourism Trust and tourism officials concluded from the results that most tourists felt safe while visiting the area.
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Los Cabos consists of the two separate but equally loved tourist destinations of Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo. Only about 20 miles apart, each of the two destinations has something very different to offer compared to the other. Cabo San Lucas is more vibrant and exciting, while San José del Cabo is quieter and more laid-back.
Not only do tourists feel safe visiting Los Cabos, but residents feel safer living there than those that reside in other parts of Mexico. This is according to a National Institute of Statistics and Geography and National Survey of Victimization and Perception on Public Security study. The results showed that 70 percent of the population of the state of Baja California Sur feel as though they are safe living there.
San Jose del Cabo and Cabo San Lucas are both parts of the Mexican State of Baja California Sur, which lies along the Pacific Coast on one side and the Sea of Cortez on the other. La Paz is the capital of the state and is also a great place to visit, with plenty of beaches, bars, and restaurants too. The majority of the population of Baja lives in Los Cabos, with La Paz having the second-highest population in the state.
As the popularity of Los Cabos continues to grow as a first-choice vacation destination for foreign travelers, the heightened security will continue to keep it a safe place to visit. Oscar Leggs Castro, Mayor of Los Cabos, pointed out that they “are increasing the number of elements” and that “it is a priority to continue strengthening the issue of security not only in tourist and central areas but in all corners of the municipality.” He further stated that “50 new elements are about to be integrated into the Municipal Police, and they are in the process of being discharged. The goal is to incorporate 150 more elements.”
With the continued focus on safety by the Mayor of Los Cabos and other government officials, Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo can continue to advance in the tourism sector by providing a safe place for tourists to visit. With the general sense of safety, more and more travelers from the United States, Canada, and beyond will be able to safely see and enjoy all that Los Cabos has to offer.
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