WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- The U.S. issued a warning to travelers visiting Mexico after eight people were murdered in Cancun last week.
- Violent crimes were reported in the tourist destination prompting the State Department to raise the travel advisory to level two.
- The government has warned anyone from traveling to five places in Mexico including Colima, Guerrero, Michoacán, Sinaloa and Tamaulipas.
The State Department has issued a travel warning for people visiting Mexico. The travel advisory was raised to level two after violent crime such as homicide, kidnapping, robbery and carjacking were reportedly increasing.
According to the Department of State’s website, “the U.S. government has limited ability to provide emergency services to U.S. citizens in many areas of Mexico as U.S. government employees are prohibited from travel to these areas.”
Eight bodies were found in the Cancún area, a popular travel destination, early last week. According to the Associated Press, the bodies of a man and a woman were discovered in the trunk of an abandoned taxi, while two other victims were found dismembered in plastic bags at another location.
A fifth victim was found bound and fatally shot, while another was found lifeless in a hammock. The seventh victim was shot to death and discovered in a plastic bag. Officials did not immediately reveal details about the eighth body, the AP reports.
“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 U.S. citizens,” the State Department said in its website.
Mexican investigators say none of the killings occurred in Cancun’s beachside hotel area.
The U.S. government says there are no restrictions on U.S. government employees for travel in the Quintana Roo state, but issued a warning to anyone from traveling to these five areas in Mexico due to crime—Colima, Guerrero, Michoacán, Sinaloa and Tamaulipas.
On its website, the State Department advises travelers to:
- Use toll roads when possible and avoid driving at night.
- Exercise increased caution when visiting local bars, nightclubs, and casinos.
- Do not display signs of wealth, such as wearing expensive watches or jewelry.
- Be extra vigilant when visiting banks or ATMs.
- Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive Alerts and make it easier to locate you in an emergency.
- Follow the Department of State on Facebook and Twitter.
- Review the Crime and Safety Reports for Mexico.
- S. citizens who travel abroad should always have a contingency plan for emergency situations. Review the Traveler’s Checklist.