In the state of Quintana Roo, home to the super destination of Cancun, uncertainty over the structure and plan of policing and security continues.
This uncertainty is due to a re-shake of how policing and security are carried out in the area is in the works.
Travelers, though, have nothing to fear. The head of the military in the state has confirmed that no matter what issues arise from these changes, the military will provide uninterrupted service in terms of security.
Why The Military Are Needed
Cancun is one of the safest areas in all of Mexico, but it’s no secret in other parts of the country, conflict and crime can be a huge issue.
The military play a proactive role in combating any and all domestic threats to both locals and tourists alike.
Additionally, they provide a huge manpower boost to the security apparatus in Cancun. Thanks to a close relationship with local law enforcement.
Should Travelers Be Concerned?
It should be noted that the military is regularly used within Mexico to strengthen security, as well as act as a strong deterrent to organized crime.
But this has been a very normal sight in tourism destinations across the country for many years now. While it can feel very strange at first, travelers will quickly get used to these units patrolling tourist areas.
Additionally, the military isn’t there in a law enforcement capacity. They are only deployed as a deterrent and a fast response to protect human life.
Is Cancun Getting More Dangerous?
There have been pockets of rising crime in Cancun, although these are almost exclusive to non-tourist areas.
The main concern for travelers to Cancun is petty crime and not threats from organized crime.
Some of the most common crimes against travelers are the same found in any city the world over, such as pickpockets and ATM thefts.
In the grand scheme, the crime rate of Cancun is stable and much lower than many cities in America.
Precautions Travelers Should Take
Travelers should employ the following precautions to lessen the chances of being a victim of crime:
- Stay vigilant – Acting aware can throw off many petty criminals.
- Secure your belongings – Keep important documents such as passports and FMM documents in a safe in the resort.
- Travel in groups – Always stick with friends or family, a lone person is always a more attractive target than a group.
- Use licensed transport – The taxi, combi (minivan), and bus systems in Cancun are well-regulated. Do not use unlicensed taxis under any circumstance.
- Avoid quiet areas – Stick to well-populated and well-lit areas, especially at night.
- Be cautious with strangers – The locals in Cancun are friendly, but a little cynicism is a good thing when traveling abroad.
- Stay informed – Keep informed of local travel news that highlights concerns for tourists.
- Be discreet with valuables – Don’t wear expensive jewelry or walk around with a phone or cash out.
- Trust your instincts – Gut feelings aren’t a myth, sometimes your mind will alert you of danger before you consciously know of it. Trust your gut!
- Practice responsible drinking – Most issues travelers will face are while heavily intoxicated. Having fun is encouraged, but know your limits.
- Avoid narcotics – Consuming narcotics in Cancun is a fast-track way to invite trouble. From both criminals and law enforcement.
Business As Usual
Despite the heavy police and military presence around Cancun, the area is operating normally.
In fact, a recent poll of the tourism industry in Cancun found that the biggest worry to travelers in Cancun currently is the presence of sargassum.
As long as travelers take precautions, Cancun is as safe, if not safer, than a vacation back home in America.
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