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Department of State. Do not travel to the state of Tamaulipas due to crime. Overall Crime and Safety Situation. The U. Consulate General in Nuevo Laredo does not assume responsibility for the professional ability or integrity of the individuals or firms appearing in this report. The ACS Unit cannot recommend a particular individual or location and assumes no responsibility for the quality of service provided. There is serious risk from crime in Nuevo Laredo. The Mexican government continues to engage in an extensive effort to combat Transnational Criminal Organizations TCOs , especially along the border.
Mexican TCOs, meanwhile, have been engaged in a vicious struggle with each other for control of lucrative drug trafficking routes. In order to prevent and combat violence, the Government of Mexico GOM has deployed military troops and federal police throughout the country.
The location and timing of armed engagements are unpredictable. The vast majority of those killed have been members of TCOs, and to a lesser extent, federal officers that are fighting them; however, innocent bystanders have died in shootouts between TCOs and Mexican law enforcement, or between rival TCOs. In January , the U. Department of State DOS amended its travel advisory and urged increased caution in Mexico due to crime.
Specifically, DOS has informed U. Violent crime, such as murder, armed robbery, carjacking, kidnapping, extortion, and sexual assault, is common. Gang activity, including gun battles, is widespread. In , firefights took place throughout the consular district, including in Nuevo Laredo and Piedras Negras. Gun battles generally occur after dark, but there have been some in broad daylight, on public streets, and close to public venues.
Armed criminal groups target public and private passenger buses traveling through Tamaulipas, often taking passengers hostage and demanding ransom payments. Local law enforcement has limited capability to respond to violence in many parts of the state.
Violence in Tamaulipas continued to rise in ; homicides increased by 4. The overall security environment did not substantially improve. The absence of municipal police forces; the inability to form a reliable, vetted state police force capable of maintaining law and order; and an inconsistent presence of federal forces remain glaring s that Nuevo Laredo, and Tamaulipas in general, remains a volatile security environment. Non-violent crime e. The situation in northeast Mexico remains fluid. Defer travel, and if impossible, exercise extreme caution. Carry a working cell phone with coverage in Mexico, and know where to go in case of emergency.
Make use of hotel safes when available. Avoid wearing jewelry and carry a clutch purse or a neck purse instead of a shoulder bag. Carry a wallet in the front trouser pocket or front jacket pocket. Do not advertise if you are from the United States. Criminals do not target due to nationality, but to perceived wealth or possession of valuables worth taking.
Stick to well known, well-populated routes, avoid traveling at night, and travel in groups when possible. Avoid known high crime areas e. Prepare to depart an establishment when you feel at risk. Vary routes and times to avoid any predictability and to minimize being a target of crime.
Vet potential domestic employees to the greatest extent possible. Train them not to volunteer information to strangers and not to allow access of workers without prior authorization. Be cautious when using ATMs. Check activity to detect fraudulent charges early.
Theft of vehicle sound systems is a common crime. Install and use a car alarm. Transportation-Safety Situation. Road Safety and Road Conditions. Road safety is an area of particular concern. Avoid unnecessary travel on Mexican Highway 2 between Reynosa and Nuevo Laredo, and from the Columbia International Bridge crossing west toward Piedras Negras, due to reported violence. Criminals have followed and harassed U. Continued concerns regarding road safety along the border have prompted the U. Embassy and Consulates to impose restrictions on U. Embassy and Consulate employees and their families may not travel by vehicle between posts in Mexico.
Embassy and Consulate employees and their families may not travel on interior Mexican highways by vehicle between posts in Mexico, and must cross the border and use U. Keep a charged cell phone with you and know how to reach friends and family in an emergency. Ensure vehicles are road-worthy, and maintain a full-size spare tire in case of a flat. The highways cuotas and libres are generally in good condition between major cities and towns, but their isolation leaves travelers vulnerable to crime.
Park inside a residential compound, in a parking lot with an attendant, or at least within view of the location of your visit. When parking in a lot of a shopping facility, park as close as possible to the store entrance and away from dumpsters, bushes, or large vehicles. Public Transportation Conditions. Within Nuevo Laredo, U. Avoid city buses due to their crowded nature, lack of safety equipment, and vulnerability to robbery. There is minimal risk from terrorism in Nuevo Laredo. There is no current evidence of any transnational terrorists residing or transiting through this region; however, the nature of the border and the ready access to both human smugglers and fake documents continue to make this area a potential transit point for international terrorists.
There was no information that any of the SIAs had ties to terrorism. Political, Economic, Religious, and Ethnic Violence. There is considerable risk from civil unrest in Nuevo Laredo. Large-scale civil unrest is uncommon. The few protests that have occurred have been small and peaceful. Most protests are local in nature and do not pose a threat to U. Even when protesting U.
Heavy rains can lead to localized flooding and widespread power outages, but these normally abate within hours. Officials sometimes remove manhole covers to speed the evacuation of standing water. This often is not marked adequately, and can lead to road hazards. The city has made great efforts to improve its drainage system. The city of Laredo, Texas has sent medical supplies, heavy equipment, and other surplus materials during emergencies. While supplies can be available, due to security challenges, it would be difficult for Laredo emergency response personnel to come to Nuevo Laredo.
Industrial accidents are rare, owing to the isolation of the manufacturing areas from the city and the routing of hazardous materials HAZMAT to more distant bridge crossings. The city maintains civil emergency personnel, but their training and equipment are sub-standard in comparison to most major U.
Same-sex sexual relations are legal in Mexico. The law provides for protections against discrimination based on gender identity. Travelers will find more openness and acceptance in urban areas, and conservative stances in rural areas. The security threat posed by TCO-related violence remains the most ificant concern in the area.
Firefights between Mexican federal forces and TCOs have occurred over the past several months. Gun battles may occur at any time, as rival TCO gunmen engage in hit-and-run attacks and as military and federal police encounter TCO gunmen while on patrol. Since the escalation in TCO violence began, the government of Mexico has ificantly increased the of troops and federal police in this region.
Soldiers and federal police frequently patrol throughout the city; give these convoys a wide berth, as TCOs have engaged them without regard to civilian casualties.Boys town nuevo laredo mexico
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