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Don't take anything more than you need for the day out with you and if available, secure your valuables in a safe back at your accommodation. If there is no safe available, split your money up and secret it away in different places.
If dining out, don't leave your bag over the back of the chair or on the table. Keep it between your feet or on your lap, with the strap around your wrist or leg. Don't leave your wallet sitting on the table.
Should you be subjected to petty crime or violent crime, report it to the nearest tourist police or local police. Also, report it to your embassy.
Most of the time, visitors to Mexico won't experience anything more than petty crime, however, there have been reports of travelers falling victim to violent crimes. While Mexico has a notably high murder rate, most of the victims are Mexican nationals.
If you are threatened for your money and other valuables, don't resist or fight back; the assailant may be armed with a weapon and won't hesitate to use it.
Physical and sexual assaults have been reported in many locations in Mexico. Although travelers aren't targeted, it pays to use some common sense. Avoid wandering alone at night, particularly in poorly lit areas and near beaches. Avoid traveling alone among ruins, in temple areas, and don't hike alone in remote areas, like Copper Canyon.
Due to the ever-present drug war going on in Mexico, only travel during the day to minimize the risk of carjacking and robbery.
If you are renting a car in Mexico, make sure you have the necessary insurance papers; if you don’t, you can be jailed and your car can be impounded until all claims have been settled.
Your Mexican auto insurance will also refute any claim if you have received a citation for drunk driving.
In Mexico, the legal drinking age is 18. Police in border towns and the large tourist spots of the Yucatán Peninsula, Pacific Coast
While Mexico doesn't prohibit traveling with liquor in a vehicle, it’s illegal to drink on the street; travelers can and will be fined, or jailed for public drunkenness.
In recent years, authorities have launched many campaigns that actively target drunk drivers. Breath-testing checkpoints can be found in large cities, such as Mexico City, and around the popular seaside locations. If you are found to be drunk behind the wheel, you will probably spend time in jail.
The government likes to keep the peace in the lead up to elections, state and federally. Known as ley
Contrary to popular belief, things aren't that loose in Mexico when it comes to drugs. To find out how to stay within the law and avoid drug violence, read our article.
Discrimination against the LGBTQ community is illegal in Mexico. However, LGBTQ travelers should remain discreet and respectful of the local culture as Mexico is still a largely conservative country. To find out more, check out our article from our LGBTQ expert, Ed Salvato.
If you hire a car, do yourself a favor and avoid speeding, running a red light, using a cell phone or any other traffic offense or the local police will pull you over and give you a ticket. Always remain calm and respectful. If you are given a fine, ask the officer to take you to the local police station to pay for it legally. However, you may be asked for a
It's a bribe. Despite being illegal, and the efforts of government officials trying to stamp out the practice, some police try to solicit a bribe, as a form of intimidation, particularly from travelers.
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