State Department Issues Travel Advisory to Mexico Due to Increased Risk of Violent Crime

The U.S. Department of State has issued a travel advisory to Mexico because of an increased risk of violent crime in some parts of the country.

Violent crime, such as homicides, kidnappings, carjackings and robbery, are “widespread” and the U.S. government “has limited ability to provide emergency services” to Americans in many areas, according to the advisory.

Americans are being advised not to travel to the states of Colima, Guerrero, Michoacán, Sinaloa and Tamaulipas due to crime.

In Guerrero state, armed groups operate independently of the government in many areas and frequently maintain roadblocks and may use violence toward travelers, according to the U.S. government. Criminal organizations are operating in Sinaloa state, where violent crime is widespread. In Tamaulipas state, organized crime activity, including gun battles, murder, armed robbery, carjacking, kidnapping, has led to disappearances, extortion and sexual assault.

The State Department is also advising U.S. citizens to reconsider travel to the states of Chihuahua, Coahuila, Durango, Jalisco, Mexico state, Morelos, Nayarit, Nuevo Leon, San Luis Potosi, Sonora and Zacatecas due to crime.

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SOURCE: ABC News, Julia Jacobo