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U.S. Dept. of State issues travel warning for Americans going to Mexico

January 20, 2016  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
U.S. Dept. of State issues travel warning for Americans  going to Mexico

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Americans traveling to Mexico are being warned to take extra precautions after the U.S. State Dept. issued a travel alert. The warning from the U.S. government stems from the increasing rate of Americans who were killed in Mexico.

U.S. government statistics shows the number of Americans killed in Mexico rose from 81 in 2013 to 100 in 2014.cThe travel alert cited the deteriorating security condition in Mexico due to the threat posed by organized criminal groups.

The alert issued by the U.S. State Department says Americans have fallen victim to violent crimes in certain parts of Mexico including kidnapping, carjackings, and robbery.

“The location and timing of future armed engagements are random, and are difficult to, predict,” the alert said regarding gun battles between criminal organizations with Mexico authorities.

The U.S. government is warning all American citizens to take extra precautions when traveling to Mexico, which includes lowering their personal profile, avoid wearing jewelry or dressing in a way indicating wealth, and to avoid traveling by car especially at night.

Despite the increase in violence, Mexico remains a tourist destination for Americans and Europeans. The country still ranks No. 9 among the world’s top 10 most visited countries in 2015. Last year Mexico saw an increase of 10% in tourism with 32 million tourists visiting resorts, according to the United Nations World Travel Organization.

The new warning issued comes as the homicide rate in Mexico fell for the third year in a row. In 2011, there were 27,213 recorded murders compared to 20,670 in 2014, according to Mexico’s National Institute of Statistics and Geography.

Despite the drop in deaths, violence still increased in 2015 and experts are estimating the number of drug-related homicides to be higher than in 2014.

The month of May recorded the worst month of 2015. Since President Enrique Peña Nieto took office, the major drug cartels, have fragmented into regional cells, which has led to increased chaos on the streets with a rise in the number of kidnappings, extortion, and the murder of innocent people in an attempt to gain power.

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