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    aed343 is offline Junior Member
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    What are some of the crimes that you should be aware of?

    For starters there are currently drug wars involving rivalry drug dealers and Mexican police and military officials. Although this is not occurring throughout the country, travelers to border towns should be careful.

    There are also a significant number of street crimes. These include pick pocketing, purse snatching, and armed robberies against tourists. Many of these crimes are perpetrated against foreigners using public transportation.

    Hotel room thefts are also quiet common in Mexico. For this reason tourists should be sure to place their passports and valuables inside safes in the room. Also, doors should remain closed and locked at all times, even when you are in the room.

    Foreigners using ATM machines are often approached by robbers and thieves who force victims to withdraw large amounts of cash and surrender it.

    Women traveling alone should use extreme caution. There have been numerous incidents of lone female being sexually assaulted.

    Kidnapping is yet another crime that is prevalent through Mexico. Most victims are either foreigners or wealthy Mexican nationals.

    Carjacking occurs often against foreigners driving expensive rental cars. Therefore, if visiting, you should practice sound vehicle security and drive with the windows up and doors locked at all times.

    Backpackers in Mexico often become victims of robberies after hiking alone on trails and backcountry locations.

    A different crime that travelers may see in Mexico that they may not be familiar with is extortion by police officials. Since corruption is so widespread, many police officers will target foreigners and falsely accuse them of committing a crime in order to get them to pay a “fine” rather than be officially charged. Travelers should refrain from paying these corrupt police officers and inform their embassy or consulate about the incident.

    These are just a few of the crimes that travelers to Mexico should be aware of. If you are planning to visit, I encourage you to please be careful.
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    THis a little bit exagerated, I have never heard about tourist been kidnapped in Mexico...if walk with care, youl be safe.

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    infact us govt online site has this article about crimes in mexico, it does usually occur especially in Mexico City, Tijuana, other localities have lower incidents.
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    How often tourist kidnapped . what govt doing. do they take any steps providing security to tourist?

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    It depends, in part, on your destination.

    In light of escalating drug-related crime in Mexico's big border cities, safety is a valid concern. In October 2008, the U.S. State Department issued a travel alert for citizens traveling to Mexico, renewing its previously-issued travel safety alert. According to the State Department, drug cartels are battling each other for control of the drug trade and simultanously fighting government attempts to crack down on their activities. The result has been an increase in violent crime in parts of northern Mexico. While foreign tourists aren't typically targeted, they occasionally find themselves in the wrong place at the wrong time

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    Hello to all

    Mexico is a beutiful city. But i have not visited yet. But i wish to visit there. Every where crime happens. It is not only in Mexico. Thank you for sharing information with all. Thank you for alerting all. This will help if planning for mexico.

    Have a nice day

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    Beware with strangers. Itís not only mexico crime can happen everywhere in world so be careful. Thanks for sharing information

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