Travelers to Cancun have been treated to some fantastic news after it was announced July’s huge increase in security initiatives had a very positive impact on the levels of crime in the destination.
What’s more, these initiatives are part of a long-term focus on returning Cancun, and the hotel zone especially, to the previously high levels of security it enjoyed in the past.
Security As A Priority
Anyone who has followed the news in Cancun, especially over the past 8 months, is surely impressed by the sheer volume of initiatives that have been enacted by the local government and law enforcement.
There is no question whether the authorities in Cancun are leaving the security of the millions of travelers who visit each year up to chance.
In fact, it has become more and more apparent that security has become a verified priority here, which is good news not just for travelers, but also for the tens of thousands of locals who rely on tourism for their livelihood.
And to that end, July is being hailed as a potential turning point in the crusade to return Cancun to its once-envied status as a super-safe destination.
Why The Authorities Are Acting
As mentioned before, the tourism industry is super important to the local economy. This now world-famous destination was built from the ground up for the purpose of tourism, and without it, the area would surely fall on hard times.
And while tourism in Cancun continues to grow at an impressive rate each year, there were signs of cracks appearing in terms of security and safety ever since things opened back up fully after the pandemic.
Crime has been rising in the destination since then, and not just of a petty nature, but also with regard to organized crime, which has brought about some high-profile incidents in recent months. Although the saving grace is these incidents aren’t directed at travelers in Cancun.
This trend quickly made the local authorities realize that the status quo wasn’t enough to protect both travelers and the destination’s image. This is why we have seen such a committed drive across Cancun to increase security.
How Travelers Are Being Protected
To go into detail about all the initiatives that have been put in place over the past 8 months would take a while, so with that being said, here is a small snapshot of some of the most recent security drives put in place:
Increased Patrols And K9 Units
The Hotel Zone has received a huge boost to the number of police patrols carried out, as well as the addition of specially trained K9 units to help law enforcement identify potential threats.
Active Prevention Across Entertainment
It isn’t just the streets that have gotten safer; the bars, restaurants, and nightclubs that draw in huge numbers of travelers have been added to the responsibility of law enforcement to protect.
This means police now take an active role in crime prevention in these establishments, in the form of surprise inspections and making themselves a visible presence to discourage criminals from operating in these areas.
Safer Beaches Initiative
The beaches of Cancun are surely one of the area’s biggest draws for travelers, which means it’s no surprise these areas have seen a huge boost to security.
Travelers relaxing on the beaches of Cancun will see a diverse range of law enforcement patrolling, this includes local police, tourist police, the Guardia Nacional (national guard) as well as specialist agents from the secretary of citizen security.
With so many active personnel carrying out protection duties, it makes the beautiful beaches of Cancun an extremely unattractive place for criminals.
Rising Crime, Should Travelers Be Worried?
While crime has seen a noticeable rise in Cancun in recent years, it should be noted that the area is still one of the safest destinations not just in Mexico but in all of Latin America.
Crimes against tourists are extremely rare, and the ones that do occur are overwhelmingly petty in nature.
But that doesn’t mean travelers should leave all common sense back home; being aware of your surroundings and limiting alcohol consumption to levels that leave decision-making intact is as important as anywhere else in the world.
Additionally, staying up to date with the current situation in Cancun while traveling can empower every traveler to leave this amazing destination with only fantastic life-long memories!
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