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Cancun’s Crime Prevention Continues With Arrest Of 5 High Profile Criminals

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Cancun has continued its tough crackdown on crime with the arrest of 5 high-profile criminals in one operation during the past week. Cancun’s authorities have been working around the clock over the past few months to take dangerous criminals off the streets ahead of its busiest high season to date and have carried out numerous headline-making arrests in its bid to make the city a safer place for both locals and international travelers alike. With these impressive arrests, Cancun’s streets are undoubtedly a safer place for all in the city. 

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With various measures being taken to make the city and the wider region safer for all, including the deployment of navy forces, renewed policing efforts, and even more lifeguards present across its beaches, it’s believed that the next few months will see far fewer instances of crime that has plagued previous high seasons. Here’s everything known about the most recent arrests in the city, plus more information on how the authorities are helping to keep the region safer for all. 

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Five Criminals Arrested – Information For Travelers

Like most popular destinations around the world, Cancun is unfortunately home to a dark underbelly of crime that can sometimes lead to trouble. Whilst not necessarily more dangerous than other popular destinations around the world, its reputation has often worked against it thanks to high-profile murders, drug-related disturbances, and incidents of violent crime that have made headlines around the world and scared some travelers off the idea of visiting. However, those in the city can sleep easier tonight following an impressive operation that saw five high-profile criminals busted. 

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During the week, police officers in the municipality of Benito Juárez were carrying out a crime prevention and surveillance operation. During the operation, the officers witnessed a peculiar exchange of goods that raised alarm bells, leading them to act. Not only did the police uncover significant quantities of what is likely thought to be marijuana, but they also found five short .9-caliber firearms and several cell phones and sim cards that are likely to have been used for nefarious activities. 

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As a result of the operation, a total of five criminals were arrested – four males and one female – with the authorities later adding that those involved were thought to have been involved in a series of high-impact crimes in the Benito Juárez municipality. Thanks to the impressive and successful operation by the officers involved, the streets are now a safer place for both travelers and locals, with criminals, drugs, and weapons taken out of circulation and into the hands of the authorities.

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It’s not the first sting by the authorities in the region, and it’s likely not going to be the last. During the week, it was announced that a further 1,000 security operatives were being drafted into the Mexican Caribbean to aid with crime prevention efforts, including the National Guard and both state and local police. In a statement, the state’s Secretary for Public Security said:

“We will deploy more units to patrol, inspect, and provide assistance with the use of different units, ambulances, cranes, and tactical vehicles.”

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Whilst Cancun is likely to benefit from the majority of this extra security personnel, other destinations in the region are also set to benefit from some more manpower. A total of 200 Navy officers were recently deployed in the region’s travel hotspots, whilst the wildly trending city of Tulum also benefitted from 50 Navy officers being deployed in an effort to beef up its security offerings. 

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According to the US State Department, travelers to Quintana Roo should exercise increased caution. The state’s travel advisory warns of the risk of crime, kidnapping, criminal activities, and violence and warns travelers to exercise increased situational awareness when traveling after dark in downtown areas of Cancun, Tulum, and Playa del Carmen. Whilst most travelers leave the region having had nothing but a wonderful time, click here for some advice on steps you can take to help avoid unfortunate incidents from occurring. 

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