Crime is not a word normally associated with the magical town of Todos Santos and local officials are committed that it remains that way.
As the sleepy little surfing village continues to grow and becomes more popular with tourists, proactive plans are being put in place by local officials to ensure the town retains its quaint and quiet reputation.
Low Crime Reputation
The local city council recently met to complete a regular review of the crime statistics in Todos Santos and the measures put into place to combat the issue.
The council determined that once again, crime is not a significant issue in the town and recommitted their efforts to ensure that Todos Santos remains that way for both locals and visitors.
This was even more important for local officials in connection with the magical town status awarded to the local area that is expected to increase tourist visitation over the next few years to come.
Expansion of Todos Santos Tourism
Founded as a mission city in 1724 and later converted to a sugar-cane production town, Todos Santos today is known as a local hangout for artists and surfers.
Along with tourism, the town is known for its agricultural products such as avocados, papayas and mangos along with fishing and ranching.
However, its proximity to Los Cabos has increased the number of visitors making the one-hour drive on Highway 19 to check out what the secret is all about.
Since becoming one of Mexico’s magical towns, the sleepy artist and surfing village of Todos Santos is quickly changing.
More than 300,000 visitors a year to the town is rapidly shaping the beach destination as more of a tourist attraction.
With it comes the risks and benefits that are associated with an increased number of people in town.
The benefits are tourists can enjoy a more traditional experience when visiting the town and the town can help provide jobs and opportunities catering to the needs of travelers.
However, while the economy of Todos Santos has been shifting to cater to the needs of international and domestic travelers, officials are trying to retain the safety and security that the town is known for.
Neighborhood Watch Efforts
The action that was credited by the city council and law enforcement for keeping the number of crimes in Todos Santos very low is the high citizen involvement in the local neighborhood watch efforts.
Together, the residents of Todos Santos keep an eye out for each other and the important tourist guests to the community to ensure that everyone remains safe.
The expansion of the successful Todos Santos neighborhood watch program is underway to add additional areas of the community to make sure all of the citizens work together to prevent crime along with the local law enforcement.
To date, more than 600 members of the community are signed up as “neighbor watchers” with the Todos Santos neighborhood watch program and are actively working to ensure the safety of everyone in the tourist beach destination.
In fact, the last major violent crime in the area was reported several years ago.
However, issues such as cybercrime and sexual harassment/abuse are present in the area.
Keeping Tourists Safe
The good news is the focus of not only the municipal government but also the local residents on keeping the crime levels low should make tourists feel safe and secure when visiting the area.
Tourists wanting to have a more authentic Baja California beach town experience can still find that opportunity in Todos Santos.
It should help promote Todos Santos recognition as a very special magical town in Mexico that not only cares about its community but also its very valuable international and domestic guests at the very same time.
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