Kidnappings on the rise in Mexico, U.S. warning to its citizens
MEXICO CITY, Feb. 8. – The Government of the United States today renewed its travel warning to Mexico for the “serious problems” of violence and organized crime activities in the country, and has caused the number of U.S. citizens killed in its territory to rise. “Crime and violence are serious problems throughout the country, and can occur anywhere,” said the State Department in a statement, which replaces the warning issued on April 22, 2011.
The number of U.S. citizens killed in the country has more than tripled in four years, of the 35 recorded in 2007 to 120 recorded this year, according to U.S. figures. However, there is “no evidence,” that criminal organizations have sought to attack U.S. citizens “based on their nationality”, and tourist areas generally do not show the same levels of violence as the border areas which are in the drug trafficking routes, the statement said.
Despite the efforts of Mexican government to intensify the fight against criminal organizations 12,903 people were killed in the first nine months of 2011 in crimes related to drug violence, says the State Department.
The U.S. government places special emphasis on not to travel to the states of Tamaulipas, Coahuila, Durango and Chihuahua. It also warns against travel to much of the territory of the states of Zacatecas, Sonora, Sinaloa, San Luis Potosi, Nayarit, Michoacan, Guerrero, Jalisco, Aguascalientes and Nuevo Leon, and should exercise caution in Colima , Morelos and Veracruz. U.S. shows “particularly concerned” about “the increasing number of abductions and disappearances throughout Mexico,” which affected “both local communities and the expatriates” and has sometimes involved Mexican police.
The U.S. strongly advises that you keep a low profile and avoid showing them any sign of wealth that can attract attention,” said the State Department. Kidnappings and robberies on the highway are “serious problems” in many parts of the area border, and several U.S. citizens have been killed in such accidents, he says. According to recent indications, criminals “attack particularly new, larger vehicles, especially the dark minivan,” and assaults occur more often at night and in isolated roads, said the statement.
Therefore, U.S. urges its citizens to travel between the cities of the country “only during the day” to avoid isolated roads and “use toll roads whenever possible” in addition to “cooperate in all control points “, both official and illegally arranged by drug cartels.
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