Lake Chapala safety is one of the area’s attractions for expats.
Crime in Mexico varies widely by location with the worst crime reported in the states that border the United States and the south of Mexico, mostly because of drug cartel activity, according to the U.S. Department of State.
Although the Lake Chapala communities are considered quite safe, the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Diplomatic Security (OSAC) has reported multiple homicides, assaults, robberies and car thefts in Guadalajara, just 45 minutes to the north.
Additionally, the U.S. government issued travel warnings for the state of Jalisco, primarily on its borders with the states of Michoacán and Zacatecas. The U.S. government has advised its personnel to use the Federal toll road 15D for travel to Mexico City, but stops in La Barca or Ocotlan are not permitted. Travel on Highway 80 between Cocula and La Huerta is not permitted for U.S. government personnel.
You can also stay updated on travel warnings and safety information at this U.S. Department of State website.