After reviewing the tourists & # 39; questions and comments about traveling to mexico, the understanding is that everyone is concerned about security. Thanks to the endless debate of mega media companies, fear now resides in the heart of every traveler. As for all foreign travel, it is reasonable to worry about traveling to Mexico. However, empower your travel decisions with hard facts and statistics from reputable sources.
No one wants to spend time separating fact from fiction and no one wants to do research. Preparing for international travel is quite difficult. So let's make some credible facts together. The Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies at the University of San Diego conducted a study on drug-related violence in Mexico from 2006 – 2009. Here are the key results:
1. Most drug-related violence takes place in states bordering the United States; Chihuahua, Sonora, Coahuila, Baja California North, and in the coastal states of the Pacific, Guerrero and Michoacán.
2. The least drug related violence takes place on the Yucatan Peninsula near the Caribbean Sea. This region is popular with tourists and consists of holiday destinations like Cancun, Cozumel and Maya Riviera. These states include Yucatan, Campeche and Quintana Roo.
3. The reason for the recent increase in drug-related violence is due to the increase in government measures on organized drug cartels. This means that violence is mainly between government officials and cartel members or between cartels. Not the tourists.
4. In 2009 the chance of being the victim of a drug-related homicide in Mexico was 1 in 16,300. Of course the risk increases or decreases depending on the state, but unless someone is related to a drug trafficker, the chances of being harmed are extremely slim.
No city, region, country or state is one hundred percent safe. In one form or another, violence exists everywhere. What we cannot do is generalize and assume that if one person is harmed because of drug-related violence in Mexico that our fate will be the same. The probability is simply too low. The violence that every individual person should be aware of is a kind of violence that plagues the world, theft and petty theft. Here are some tips on how to prevent such a crime during your vacation in Mexico:
1. Don't buy your credit cards and keep only a limited amount of money. If a thief sees that you have a card that allows you to withdraw money from an account, they will see this as an opportunity to hold you hostage until they have received the maximum amount from your account.
2. Keep your most precious jewels and watches at home. Keep in mind that when you vacation in Mexico, you are in a poorer country than the United States, Canada or the United Kingdom and the minimum wage here is very low. Some, working for the bare minimum, have been tempted to withdraw such items for their own financial security. Follow the same rule for clothing and electronics.
3. Never go it alone. We all enjoy having fun while on vacation. If this fun consists of consuming alcoholic beverages, remember, never leave a bar or restaurant only after drinking. Don't even leave immediately to go to the ATM (see tip 1).
4. When in Rome, do as the Romans do. Yes, it's cliché but it's a good one. Mix as much as possible and do not distract yourself. Calling attention makes you an easy target. So be aware of the behavior, wear it and notice any major cultural changes that you may or may not have to adapt to.
With the relevant statistics and common sense, it is clear that traveling to Mexico is not as dangerous as previously thought. The risks of drug-related violence or ill-treatment in Mexico are not drastically different from any major city in the United States. Make more common sense more common, bring street smarts and defend yourself with hard facts. Holidays in Mexico can really be a safe decision.