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Crime in Riviera Maya

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Crime in Riviera Maya

What is the real sccop on crime in Riviera Maya? The US State Department Consular Information Sheet for Mexico (see http://travel.state.gov/travel/mexico.html) does not make it sound very inviting. For example:

"Visitors should be aware of their surroundings at all times, even when in areas generally considered safe. Armed street crime is a serious problem in all of the major cities. Some bars and nightclubs, especially in resort cities such as Cancun, Cabo San Lucas, Mazatlan, and Acapulco, can be havens for drug dealers and petty criminals. Some establishments may contaminate or drug drinks to gain control over the patron. Victims, who are almost always unaccompanied, have been raped, robbed of personal property, or abducted and then held while their credit cards were used at various businesses and Automatic Teller Machines (ATMs)...

"Criminal assaults occur on highways throughout Mexico, so travelers should exercise extreme caution at all times, avoid traveling at night, and may wish to use toll (���cuota���) roads rather than the less secure ���free��� (���libre���) roads whenever possible. In addition, U.S. citizens should not hitchhike or accept rides from, or offer rides to, strangers anywhere in Mexico. Tourists should not hike alone in backcountry areas, nor walk alone on lightly frequented beaches, ruins or trails...."

These are just a couple of excerpts!

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1. Re: Crime in Riviera Maya

Each item rooted in something that does occur but way overblown in terms of frequency and this area (note that it mentions Cancun, typically considered apart form the Riviera Maya, and then 3 places nowhere near the Riviera Maya). When read and considered carefully, these are hardly powerful or surprising allegations.

Consider: everywhere you go you, in Mexico or not, you have to use a bit of common sense, be aware of what's going on around you, not go alone (especially women) into dark or secluded areas if not necessary or not meeting someone, etc... Note that it says almost all victims are alone... Hitchiking or offering rides to strangers of course is not advisable in the States, either... Undoubtedly it is also true of the U.S. that "some bars and nightclubs can be havens for drug dealers and petty criminals."

Be careful, of course, but take extreme warnings with a large spoonful of salt. I've lived here 5 years and have yet to be a victim of any crime or be witness to any of the activities or problems being discussed in that excerpt.



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2. Re: Crime in Riviera Maya

Ziggy....you'll be safer in Cancun or the Mayan Riviera than you are at home! Just use common sense.