Lakeside in general is very safe. There is some petty theft or burglaries but more serious crime, usually as the result of drug cartel activity and organized crime is in areas close to the US border. Outside of these areas, Mexico is a wonderful and safe country. In fact, looking at criminal death rates around the world, Mexico is pretty low on the scale.
You may walk and drive quite safely around Lake Chapala – of course following the same common safety precautions you would practice back in the US or Canada – such as not flashing a lot of cash or leaving valuable items in your vehicle. Ex-pat surveys have reported most people feel much safer here than in their home cities. We offer a Free Report entitled ‘Is It Safe to Live in Mexico?”