Fraud / Crime, Tijuana
TJ on occasion can be dangerous after dusk in certain areas. Near the Zona Roja intoxicated people can be jumped, mugged or robbed as they pass through this area on the way to and from night time entertaiment establishments. In general, TJ is relatively safe during the day when the stores are open and many tourists are present. It's still a good idea when you visit TJ to stay away from the secluded alleys and un-traveled areas. When you venture to TJ's back roads I recommend you walk in the street next to the cars out of the way of traffic. Most of the time when a mugging takes place you are jumped from behind and dragged into an alley or secluded passage ways next to the sidewalk. So keep an eye out behind you and stick to the streets. The mugging I personally witnessed was done by a well orchestrated gang of nicely dressed young clean cut teenagers who after removing all valuables from their Mexican victim and leaving him on the sidewalk, quietly walked off mingling in with the many passing pedistrians. They were very professional and obviously well trained. Don't expect the local police to help you, even though they are trying to improve their services they still struggele to overcome a long history of corruption. At night it is recomended that you take taxis. Most of all, don't let the 'scare' stories hamper your enjoyment, just don't be stupid. Incedently the photo is from the recently realeased movie 'Traffic' which is set in TJ - San Diego area. Keep in mind the overdramatized nature of motion picture and news media coverages. It is not really that bad.
Tijuana after dark is not the best place to be with a family or alone. It's always better to be safe than sorry. Travel in groups and take a cab back to the boarder instead of walking late at night. Be aware of your surroundings.
Don't take a cab from the border to downtown Tijuana. It's only half a mile walk, but the taxi will make it a long trip!