Tulum, one of the main tourist magnets in the Mexican Caribbean, has seen a drop in crime rates amid ongoing efforts to bolster safety for travelers.
The cultural and historical hotspot has grappled with organized crime this year, with shocking cases of murder and armed robberies making the headlines and damaging the destination’s otherwise excellent reputation.
This week, new statistics reveal a drop in crime rates as officials continue to take action to stem organized crime. Here’s the latest on the security situation in Tulum.
Enhanced Security Strategy Pays Off As Crime Levels Drop
Situated in southern Quintana Roo, around 130 kilometers south of Cancun, Tulum has seen its popularity skyrocket on the back of its massive, well-preserved archeological ruins and pristine white-sand beaches.
What’s more, the coastal resort town is a hub for digital nomads and expats, who flock there to enjoy its untouched nature and booming cultural scene.
Although Tulum ranks as one of the most popular destinations in the Mexican Caribbean alongside Cancun and Playa del Carmen, the city’s reputation has taken a hit due to a higher incidence of violent crime.
And while crime rarely affects travelers directly, macabre reports of murders have been enough to convince many travelers to opt for safer locations. The generalized rise in crime rates prompted officials to launch an enhanced security campaign earlier this year involving all levels of the Mexican Caribbean.
Regarding the results of the operation, the head of Quintana Roos’s public security office said the following: “Tulum, one of the most significant tourist hubs in Mexico, is committed to enacting a security strategy with the help of the National Guard, Navy, local and state police, as well as the general attorney.”
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With a focus on gathering intelligence, the security campaign, launched earlier this year, has resulted in numerous arrests and a massive amount of drug and arms seizures.
Meanwhile, Tulum’s municipal president, Diego Trejo, said that homicide rates are falling sharply in the resort location, with just 3 murders this month compared to up to 15 in previous months.
And with summer just around the corner, Tulum will continue to improve efforts to protect travelers. Authorities in the sun-soaked destination have deployed troops on several occasions to patrol beaches, national parks, and Tulum’s famous Archeological Site.
National Guard units and local and state police officers are a common sight across Tulum’s main beaches, and travelers can expect their presence to continue throughout the Sumer.
Earlier this year, two people died following a violent altercation in Penca Blue, a popular hostel in Tulum. Thereafter, officials have taken action to bolster safety, adding new cameras and access points and deploying troops to crime-prone areas.
How Safe Is Tulum For Travelers This Summer?
Tulum is generally a very safe resort destination, provided that travelers abide by essential safety tips. The safest places in Tulum are its well-guarded all-inclusive resorts, and the downtown area is a hub for expat communities.
And while Tulum’s famous white-sand beaches and historical ruins are regularly patrolled, travelers must remain vigilant at all times, as petty crime remains a major issue.
The Mexican Caribbean state of Quintana Roo is currently under a level 2 Travel Advisory as per the U.S. Department of State, the second-lowest warning level. Travelers are advised to stick to the vicinity of their all-inclusive resort and to avoid walking outside alone at night.
Safety-conscious travelers can book guided tours of the city, as well as other attractions in the area, to ensure a hassle-free and safe vacation.
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