The rate of crime in Mexican borders has increased tremendously mostly in cities and nearby states such as Durango and Guerrero. Due to lack of sanction and conviction of criminal gangs, it has made it difficult to stop crimes.
However, the government of Mexico tries to provide security to the tourists visiting the country and more so U.S citizens. The major tourist attraction sites are not commonly affected by violence related to drug peddlers and offenses reported along the borders. Crime and violence becomes major tremor in Mexico and most of the people involved in these crimes are Mexican citizens. The citizen of Mexico who fall victims of these crime are subsequently encouraged to report any form of crime to the police headquarter close to them.
The crimes that are normally experienced in Mexico include;
Counterfeit items enter Mexico through its borders and are widely available in the country. These products are mostly controlled by structured bunch of hooligans who sell these products to citizens for personal use. These goods if caught circulating in U.S can lead to fines or be forfeited (Tribune Review 52).
Consumption of these products is not illegal in Mexico but trading them is highly prohibited.
Visitors are advised to always keep valuable and inimitable things in a secured place, or stay away from carrying them. Tourists are encouraged to stop wearing expensive clothing or jewelry and practice carrying of credit cards instead of liquid cash while crossing the border. Cases of people pick-pocketing and pucker seizing have been reported mostly while on public transports.
Visitors and also citizens are advised to make sure that they hire a vehicle that has the company/agency sticker. Visitors should always ensure that their valuable items such as passports and identification card are not left in these vehicles. Very many people have been robbed off their passports mostly at airports. Several Americans have been detained for entering with a counterfeit currency received at the border (Gilchrist & Coris, 76). They have fallen victims of arrest after exchanging currencies within the border where high levels of counterfeit items are recorded. It is always good to make sure that the notes exchanged at the border are original and if the note is suspected to be counterfeit it should immediately be presented to Mexican law administrators.
Tourists are encouraged to ensure that they are conversant with the environs they are in all the occasions, even while they are in places regarded as secure.
Female visitors are cautioned not to move around alone especially at night. Cases of abduction of women have been reported and mostly those who fall victims are women who most of the time travel alone. Sometimes the victims are raped, robbed of their items and held hostage by the gangs who then force them to use their credit cards and ATMs to purchase items of their choice. Visitors should ensure that they do not use their ATMs in areas which are highly visible and also avoid exposure of their wealth through wearing of expensive clothes and driving expensive vehicles (Ganster & lorey 112).
There have been cases of kidnapping not only of Mexican citizens but also foreigners. The criminals do this so as to extract fast money in exchange of release of the victim; it has been a routine in Mexico where criminals have demanded a huge lump sum for the release.
This has become lucrative dealings in the entire Mexico. The common one is where the criminal use phone and speaks in hysterical voice in a scheme to scoop information of the targeted victim (Gilchrist & Coris 122). They afterward use this information to demand money from the relatives of the person, claiming they have held him/her hostage. People are advised not to reveal their sensitive information to strangers to avoid such scam. Visitors are encouraged not to travel at night to avoid being high jacked by these criminals.
This is another problem that has locked the cities of Mexico; drug dealers normally use bars and nightclubs as their resting camps. They organize crimes while in these gathering and later hit the road for their mission. Drug related cases which include kidnapping and shooting have consequently been reported along borders. This has not only targeted the tourists but also the locals who normally reside near the borders.
Thus, people living in these areas are encouraged to be vigilant to avoid falling victims of circumstances. For example, Mazatlan city has been hit strongly by this new wave of crime where between year 2009 and now crime characterized with violent killings has tremendously increased (Tribune Review 17). This has made the Mexican government to caution US citizens against visiting cities such as Culiacan and Sinaloa, which are mostly affected.
Crime in Southern and Central Mexico
Though sedative related offences are the major problem in northern border of Mexico, hostility has been observed almost everywhere in the country and mostly areas frequently toured by American visitors.
The most dangerous drug trafficking group is believed to reside in the state of Michoacam, the group call itself “La Familia” this group has been related with several crimes within that city. The tourists and also citizens have been cautioned against visiting the suburbs of Michoacam city (Gilchrist & Coris 102). Visitors touring U.S- Mexico border sectors should stay put and be conscious of the zone’s menace.
These border areas have experienced violence for the last two years and most of this violence has been directed to US residents. Police deployed to these borders to maintain order have neglected their duties and have not been able to curtail the crimes in these sectors. Drug related crimes have been rising since 2008 and there is no sign of decline. Though the citizen of US are not implicated and do not participate in these crimes, their innocent people have suffered a major blow of attack in the streets along the borders. The increase in shootings that have been observed of late while police battle with criminals, has shaken the security in the regions rendering it unsafe.
Visitors should refrain from visiting some areas along the border and only visit the genuine sites during the day only. American employees have been restricted from traveling to these areas and curfews have been imposed in areas such as Counsular district and Monterrey (Hudnall 46). The authorities and security personnel in Mexico have failed to convict criminals implicated in cases of capital crimes committed against US citizens such as murder and kidnapping. Police force lacks enough training and the Mexican judicial system is of low standards. This makes the criminals to hold dangerous weapons for the reason that they are aware of this weakness of crime with no punishment. They even in some instances wear police uniform and drive vehicle resembling those of police and thus prone to commit a serious crime.
These borders should be reviewed and correct methods of law enforcement be put in place so as to reduce crime. Police forces should be accorded with necessary training to enable them apprehend these groupings and sue them for crime committed.
The judicial system which is weak in Mexico should be reformed to enable fast prosecution and immediate conviction of these criminals.
Ganster, Paul., & lorey, David. US-Mexican Border into the Twenty-First Century. New York: Rowman and Littlefield publishers, 2008. Print.
Gilchrist, Jim., & Coris, Jerome. Minutemen: The Battle to Secure American Borders. West Virginia: WND books publishers, 2006.
Print Hudnall, Robert. No Safe Heaven: Homeland Insecurity. South San Francisco: Omega press, 2004. Print Tribune Review. “Murderous Drug Gangs Deliver Chaos to Mexican Village.” The Wall Street Journal Sunday, November 21, 2010.