Mexico has a reputation for drug related crimes due to Cartel activity, however, while this had previously been away from the safer tourist areas, the risk has increased in these very same travel areas. International visitors have been the victims of violent crime within Mexico. This ranges from petty theft through to more serious murders, kidnappings, and car jackings by organised crime syndicates.
With murders quadrupling in Los Cabos and doubling in Cancun this year, travelers need to exercise extreme caution and vigilance. Quintana Roo, the state where Cancun is located, is the destination of a third of all the nation’s international tourists, and has seen a historic rise in crime.