DPS Advises Against Spring Break Travel to Mexico
Texas Department of Public Safety
March 6, 2012, 12:04pm
1778 views | Post a comment
The Texas Department of Public Safety is again urging Spring Breakers to avoid traveling to Mexico as a result of continued violence throughout the country.
“The Mexican government has made great strides battling the cartels, and we commend their continued commitment to making Mexico a safer place to live and visit,” said DPS Director Steven C. McCraw. “However, drug cartel violence and other criminal activity represent a significant safety threat, even in some resort areas.”
According to published information from the U.S. Department of State: *
•12,903 narcotics-related homicides were reported the first nine months of 2011 alone.
•The number of U.S. citizens reported as murdered in Mexico increased from 35 in 2007 to 120 in 2011.
•U.S. citizens have fallen victim to transnational criminal activity, including homicide, gun battles, kidnapping, carjacking and highway robbery.
•Rape and sexual assault continue to be serious problems in resort areas.
•Some bars and nightclubs, especially in resort cities such as Cancun, Acapulco, Mazatlan, Cabo San Lucas, and Tijuana can be havens for drug dealers and petty criminals.
•Crime and violence are serious problems throughout the country and can occur anywhere.
•The State Department now urges U.S. travelers to defer non-essential travel to all or parts of 14 Mexican states, four more than 2011.
The situation in Mexico today is significantly different than it was just a decade ago,” said McCraw. “Many crimes against Americans in Mexico go unpunished, and we have a responsibility to inform the public about safety and travel risks and threats. Based on the unpredictable nature of cartel violence and other criminal elements, we are urging individuals to avoid travel to Mexico at this time.”
DPS acknowledges that many travel to Mexico without incident, but the risks cannot be ignored. Travelers are encouraged to carefully research any planned trips.
Travelers should always check the U.S. Department of State website for the most up-to-date information related to security issues in Mexico. (See *http://travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/cis/cis_970.html.)
U.S. citizens living or traveling in Mexico are urged to register with the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate at https://travelregistration.state.gov/ibrs/ui/.
|Your Opinions and Comments
Be the first to comment on this story!
You must be logged in to post comments:
|Other Breaking News
|DPS Reminds Drivers to Watch for Children... (August 22, 2014)
Reminder: Reward Increased to $13,000 for... (August 19, 2014)
Reward offered for info (August 19, 2014)
Multiple departments respond to Elmendorf fire (August 17, 2014)
Press Release from the governor's office (August 17, 2014)
Update: SAPD nabs Exxon robbery suspect (August 14, 2014)
Cuellar asks president for meeting about the... (August 12, 2014)
Floresville police close in on robbery duo (August 6, 2014)
Crime Stoppers: $1,000 reward for info on... (August 5, 2014)
Update: Driver dies in rollover crash near... (August 5, 2014)
Woman dies in Elmendorf ATV accident (August 5, 2014)
Reward Increased to $13,000 for Most Wanted Offender (August 4, 2014)
Updated: Manhunt under way for two suspects... (August 3, 2014)
House passes reimbursement funds, law enforcement... (August 1, 2014)
Immigrants arrive in Karnes City (August 1, 2014)
Update: Motorcycle crash kills Stockdale man (August 1, 2014)