State Department Issues Mexico Travel Warning
Violent crimes including gun battles in public venues, carjacking, kidnapping, and highway robbery have been on the upswing, and in some cases, local police have been implicated in the crimes.
The travel warning advises that U.S. citizens defer non-essential travel to regions including the states of Chihuahua, Coahuila, Durango, Nuevo Leon, Tamaulipas, and San Luis Potosi, and use extreme caution when traveling in the northern border region.
The number of U.S. citizens murdered in Mexico more than tripled over the last five years, growing from 35 in 2007 to 120 in 2011. While millions of Americans visit Mexico safely every year, and there is no evidence that Americans are being targeted due to their nationality, visitors from the U.S. are advised to exercise caution, including keeping a low profile and avoiding obvious displays of wealth.