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Because it lies right on the border with Mexico, Laredo has been known to have its share of crime problems. Although the border patrol works hard to control who and what comes into Laredo, there are still occasional people who slip through with illegal substances and criminal records--and this includes American citizens as well as Mexicans. For the most part, however, Laredo is just a busy border town full of hard-working families, rich in Mexican-American culture that is hundreds of years old.
If you are visiting Laredo it is best not to go out at night by yourself, and remember that if an area looks unsafe to you, it probably is so don't hang around. It is also important to know and remember the rules and regulations for crossing the border if you are going to do that. Undeclared or illegal items brought into either country can get you a steep fine. Click here for a helpful listing of U.S./Mexico border-crossing rules and guidelines.