The amount of foreigners that live in Mazatlan continue to increase so that says a lot. They feel completely safe and consider that unfortunately, the northern american media tends to exaggerate the news especially about Mexico. We have heard many comments that Mazatlan is safer than the US or Canadian city they live in. Around the golden zone and historic district, people safely walk around after hours, especially since Mazatlan lives at night too, and caters kindly to tourists enjoying their evenings and after hours.