Mexico hot spots

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Millions of people safely visit Mexico each year. Resort areas and tourist destinations generally do not see the levels of drug-related violence and crime reported in the northern border region and in areas along major trafficking routes. Nevertheless, crime and violence can occur anywhere, the Department of State advises.

Due to ongoing violence and security concerns, nonessential travel should be avoided in the states of Tamaulipas and Michoacán and in parts of the states of Sonora, Chihuahua, Coahuila, Sinaloa, Durango, Zacatecas, San Luis Potosí and Jalisco. Extra caution is also advised in the northern border states of (northern) Baja California and Nuevo León.

More than a third of all US citizens reported killed in Mexico in 2010 were killed in the border cities of Ciudad Juarez (in Chihuahua) and Tijuana (Baja California). Since 2006, more homicides have occurred in Culiacán (Sinaloa) than in any other city in Mexico, with the exception of Ciudad Juarez.

Carjacking and highway robbery are serious problems in many parts of the border region. Most victims who complied with carjackers were not physically harmed.

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Millions of people safely visit Mexico each year. Resort areas and tourist destinations generally do not see the levels of drug-related violence and crime reported in the northern border region and in areas along major trafficking routes. Nevertheless, crime and violence can occur anywhere, the Department of State advises.

Due to ongoing violence and security concerns, nonessential travel should be avoided in the states of Tamaulipas and Michoacán and in parts of the states of Sonora, Chihuahua, Coahuila, Sinaloa, Durango, Zacatecas, San Luis Potosí and Jalisco. Extra caution is also advised in the northern border states of (northern) Baja California and Nuevo León.

More than a third of all US citizens reported killed in Mexico in 2010 were killed in the border cities of Ciudad Juarez (in Chihuahua) and Tijuana (Baja California). Since 2006, more homicides have occurred in Culiacán (Sinaloa) than in any other city in Mexico, with the exception of Ciudad Juarez.

Carjacking and highway robbery are serious problems in many parts of the border region. Most victims who complied with carjackers were not physically harmed.