me and my husband have lived in the U.S all our lives, and just recently purchased a home in Playa which is where we are at this very moment, and have been for the past 4 weeks visiting our home. We live here and live in Dallas Texas as well, when people talk about the corruption in Mexico it is no different then what is happening in the U.S, yes there is no doubt there is allot of security that you see on the streets but that is because mex is not set up like the US with the same technology, we have the same security in Dallas on every entersection the only difference is they are camera's not officers. We have a lawfirm in Dallas that deals with different types of cases, and I cant tell you the amount of calls we get on criminal offenses, drugs, rape, murders, sexal harrasement so in all reality it is no different than Mexico. There is a huge problem with the drug cartel there is no doubt, but this problem is in the boarder towns not the resorts where most vacationers go, Playa Del Carmen is one of the safest places to go and I can promise you that once you step foot here you will understand. As for the structures of these Resorts and homes they are better built than the US homes, our home before we purchase here had been built 20-25 yrs ago sits right off the beach and had been through seveal hurricanes and was still in tact when we bought it, most of the homes in the US get split in half by Tornadoes why the US has not realized this and came up with the same tools that the mexicans have is beyond me. Last but not least if you google up natural gas explosions in Dallas, Houston or just in Texas you will find numerious stories on this issue I know this cause we have some of these cases ourselves that we are handling, so please don't flatter yourself on this issue with mexico being a dangerous place to vacation, when it is happening in our own Country the US.