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Tulum Businesses Boost Tourist Safety With New Police Facility

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Owners of businesses in Tulum, concerned about the overall image and safety of the popular beach destination for tourists, recently announced that they have donated a new facility to the municipal police department in the area to provide more security for travelers in the Mexican Caribbean hotspot.

New Police Facility in Tulum

White sand beach in Tulum

The brand new Tulum security station will be staffed by officers representing the Municipal Public Security Department and the Secretary of the Navy-Navy of Tulum, Mexico Division.

What most travelers to Tulum will notice is the brand new, and highly visible, surveillance booth which will be used to monitor the area. There will also be a citizen service area to act as a point of contact for visitors needing assistance, such as completing reports.

The station will also provide services for law enforcement officials such as a command office, security camera monitoring station and several ATVs to help monitor the main tourist hotel zone of Tulum.

Up to 20 officers will be stationed at the new Tulum police facility at any given time and they will have living and sleeping space for around the clock response as well as a food area and medical dispensary in the event of injuries or illness.

police car in tulum

A Partnership for Tourist Safety

The Governor of the State of Quintana Roo, which includes Tulum, was invited to take part in the grand opening ceremony for the new facility.

In her remarks, she commended the partnership between private Tulum business owners and public safety officials in coming together to build this much needed new law enforcement facility to protect tourists in Tulum.

National Guard on patrol in Tulum

“It is a great step to work as a team, together with private society, businessmen, government, all hand in hand in building peace and tranquility,” she said. “The objective is to take care of the citizens and of course the tourists.”

Safety a Concern in Tulum

Over the past few months, the safety and security of tourists have become a concern in Tulum.

National Guard Truck on the Street in Tulum, Mexico

While still overall a pretty safe place to visit, there is a heightened level of alert with some high profile criminal activities.

About a month ago, more than 200 Mexican Guard troops were dispatched to Tulum to protect travelers in town enjoying their vacation getaway during the peak spring travel season.

The National Guard officers patrolled the beaches to help with law enforcement and to be very visible deterrents to potential criminal activities.

national guard on cancun beach

This came as the Tulum Stoplight Crime Report, which measures the level of crime in the area like a stoplight with red being bad and green being good, registered its most red lights in recent memory in January with seven.

This was up slightly from six in December and a more than doubling from the three red lights recorded in November.

There was also an incident of a tourist couple wearing expensive jewelry being robbed on the street after leaving a Tulum restaurant.

tulum police car

What Travelers Need to Know

Tourists visiting Tulum should take precautions to protect themselves from becoming victims of crime, just as they would on any vacation getaway away from home.

Visitors should not wear expensive jewelry items, carry a lot of cash, or make items like expensive smartphones visible when traveling.

They should also conceal items like money and passports when away from their resort or hotel room.

Shops and restaurants in Tulum

Travelers should always be aware of their surroundings and be careful when being approached by people needing help, asking questions, or even dropping items in front of them.

Officials at the federal, state, and municipal levels are all concerned about protecting travelers while on vacation in Tulum. Now, even local business owners are stepping in to assist.

The new facility funded as part of a private-public safety and security partnership is located next to the Hotel Shibari Tulum, a conveneint two minute walk from the beach in Tulum.

However, safety and security must start with the travelers themselves.

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