Mexico - Travel Safety Tips
Ever thought of visiting Mexico? Mexico City has now become a major player on quite a few "Places to visit" lists. International guidebooks and travel newsletters have recently begun to set their sights on this great city once again. The Mexican capital has evolved without losing sight of its history; and is simply being itself.
The local cuisine is delicious, museums plentiful and interesting and the nightlife includes colourful dingy dives to upmarket luxury bars… so what’s stopping you?
Possibly the fact that Mexico is named as one of the most dangerous countries in the world? Well that shouldn’t stop you if you take care and follow some simple advice
The simple act of hailing a cab can be a security risk so tourists should avoid flagging down taxis in the street. In some areas criminals, either pose as, or work with taxis to force passengers to withdraw money from their ATM (otherwise known as an express kidnapping) Always order your taxi from the hotel, restaurant or official airport taxi ranks.
ATMS / Cash Withdawals
- As stated above Express kidnappings are common in Mexico
- Therefore withdraw money from an ATM during daylight hours, from inside shopping malls, and banks rather than out on the street.
- Only use machines that are affiliated with the national banks ie Santander, Banorte, Bank of Nova Scotia
- Never discuss your travel plans; your room number or any other personal information within earshot of strangers
- Be careful of ‘loose talk’ in cafes and bars
At the Hotel
- Register with the hotel by using your last name and initial only
- If you are a lone woman travelling, consider booking in as Mr and Mrs (so that people don’t think you are alone)
- Ask the receptionist not to give out your room number to anyone, and if anyone requests it, ask the receptionist to call your room instead so you can come down to meet the person in the lobby
- Use the chain on the door, and peep hole before opening to anyone
- For added security use a door wedge at night
- If in any doubt before opening ask who they are, and if possible check with the receptionist
- Keep a flash light or torch near to the bed, in case the power goes off.
- Take a card from the hotel with the name, address and telephone number on in case you become disorientated
Out and About
- Don’t accept drinks from strangers and keep a careful watch on your drinks
- Drinks are known to be tampered with, especially if you are a woman, and sexual assault is common in Mexico.
- Keep your wits about you if you are out drinking and socialising, and don’t leave alone with someone that you have just met
- Exercise common sense whilst out on the streets, especially in areas less frequented by tourists.
- Avoid dimly lit streets
- Keep a low profile and be aware of people
- Know the number to call in case of emergency – in Mexico its 066.
Most of all, enjoy your time in Mexico!
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