I have traveled to the Yucatan several times including Merida. The airport security was very thorough, the people extremely friendly & I freely roamed the city without any concerns to my safety. Being a taller, blonde woman, I did stand out quite a bit so I could have been an easy target. I found this recently posted blog & it accurately describes the area.
Plaza & shops in Merida, Mexico, Annalisa Weller
Posted by: Thomas Lloyd Feb 2011
When buying a Mexico home, North Americans who haven't spent much time in this country may be concerned about security. However, many locations throughout Mexico are far from the danger which hits the headlines in North America, and even safer than many cities throughout the U.S. and Canada.
Yucatan real estate is one of the most outstanding examples. The colonial capital city of Merida offers a very high level of safety and security, which has most recently been reflected in a recognition of excellent emergency response training in the city's international airport.
Early in December, 2010, the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) granted recognition to the international airport in Merida for its work in training and education specifically for hurricanes. The Institute stated that this fact positions the terminal as one of the safest in the world.
The United Nations emphasized knowledge as a base to react to the sometimes unpredictable aspects of nature.
Both the president-elect of the Airports Council International in Latin America and the Caribbean and the governor of the state of Yucatan highlighted the value of the certificate of security and confidence for those who use air services from this city which is ever more popular for tourists and expats.
In addition to this high level of safety in the airport for extreme weather, Merida in general offers foreign visitors and expat residents security in terms of a very low crime rate, and a positive urban atmosphere which allows residents to enjoy the city fully without fear for safety. While basic precautions must always be taken, U.S. citizens generally feel safer walking the streets at night and visiting various neighborhoods in Merida than in their home cities.
Merida is an excellent reflection of how Mexico real estate offers Americans and Canadians a low cost of living, warm weather, rich culture and history, and - contrary to expectations created by the media - safety, comfort and peace of mind. International statistics back this point.
As in numerous other locations throughout the country, residents can live with peace of mind that they are living in a place prepared to handle natural disasters, and a place that has made an effort to continue offering day to day safety at home, on the streets and in public places.