08/18/14 By Dolia Estevez. Forbes
Despite the fact that millions of U.S. citizens safely visit Mexico each year for study, tourism, and business, Americans have been the target of violent crimes, kidnapping, carjacking, and robbery by organized criminal groups in various Mexican states, the State Department said in a Travel Warning issued on August 15.
The warning states that “crime and violence are serious problems and can occur anywhere… Gun battles have occurred in broad daylight on streets and in other public venues, such as restaurants and clubs. During some of these incidents, U.S. citizens have been trapped and temporarily prevented from leaving the area… The location and timing of future armed engagements is unpredictable.” Therefore, it recommends Americans defer non-essential travel to the areas specifically identified in the warning and exercise extreme caution when traveling throughout the other areas for which advisories are in effect.