I have lived on South Padre Island for 25 years, having moved from Dallas. I have never felt so safe. There are issues across the border in Mexico with Matamoros being the closest border town affected but I still travel to Progresso and they were many people in Progresso just last week. We are only about 7 miles long and 1/2 mile wide with one exit off the Island...that fact alone has probably kept crime down. If you listen intently to the news around any City in the US, you would probably not venture anywhere...think New York, L.A., Dallas...there are parts of any place that one would not want to wander. In this case, it is Matamoros, not South Padre Island...it is a beautiful, peaceful spot.