Wednesday, 20 September, 2017

State Department warns U.S. travelers about crime in Mexico

US Warns Citizens About Traveling to Cancun Why the US issued new travel warnings for Mexico
Christy Curtis | 24 August, 2017, 01:29

The State Department also warned that USA citizens have been murdered in carjackings and highway robberies, with victims stopped by roadblocks or being run off the road. This new alert replaces a Travel Warning issued last December.

"Travelers should be mindful that even if no advisories are in effect for a given state, US citizens should exercise caution throughout Mexico as crime and violence can still occur", the warning says.

Mexico is also seeing virtual kidnappings, an extortion-by-deception scheme where victims are hotel guests, contacted by phone and threatened into giving phone numbers for friends & family, and then isolated until a ransom is paid.

US citizens have been murdered in carjackings and highway robberies, most frequently at night and on isolated roads.

The U.S. State Department has issued a new travel warning, advising citizens about criminal activity in parts of the country.

While Quintana Roo's advisory is now stricter, it isn't included among the most unsafe spots in Mexico, where US government personnel are told to defer non-essential travel.

As a result of the warning, the State Department has provided a state-by-state assessment of security conditions throughout Mexico.

"While most of these homicides appeared to be targeted, criminal organization assassinations, turf battles between criminal groups have resulted in violent crime in areas frequented by US citizens", the warning continued. Most are said to be between rival criminal gangs, but innocent bystanders have been killed in shootings.

"While most of these homicides appeared to be targeted criminal organization assassinations, turf battles between criminal groups have resulted in violent crime in areas frequented by US citizens", the advisor said, referencing the Mexican state that includes Cancun, Playa del Carmen, Cozumel, Tulum and Riviera Maya, The Hill reported.

No advisory is in effect for Campeche, Guanajuato (includes San Miguel de Allende and Leon), Hidalgo, Mexico City, Puebla, Queretaro, Tabasco (includes Villahermosa) Tlaxcala and Yucatan (includes Merida and Chichen Itza).

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