U.S. Renews Travel Warning To Mexico


Better think twice before booking a getaway to Mexico: The U.S. State Department has issued a travel warning to all Americans planning on visiting the country. Their previous travel ban expired in May of last year, but the department renewed it in light of recent figures that show an increase in U.S. citizens murdered in the country.

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The number of Americans murdered in Mexico increased from 81 in 2013 to 100 in 2014. That number rose to 103 people in 2015, according to the travel warning. Despite the increase in American murders, overall homicide rates in Mexico have fallen three years in a row, Fox News Latino reports.

The State Department adds that U.S. citizens have been the victims of violent crimes, such as kidnapping, carjacking and robbery. They encourage tourists to lower their personal profiles, and avoid indicators of wealth, such as jewelry, watches or cameras.

Despite these warnings, millions of Americans continue to visit the country each year. However, the State Department says the Mexican government has dedicated substantial resources to keeping tourist-heavy areas safe.

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