Are you traveling to Mexico by car? Are you worried about your safety?
We have a way for you to feel safer while you are over there, but that is not it, here we are going to give you some tips for you to make sure you are safe during your trip.
There are many frauds that you could be a victim of if you do not take precautions, we will tell you all about it and how you can avoid it.
People who have been to Mexico have had their card numbers and information skimmed and charged. Here is an example of how it could happen: You go to a legitimate establishment and then the information of your card could be stolen by an employee by writing it down or using a magnetic device. It can even happen at an ATM, these special ATMs have cameras hidden to take your card’s information, that is why, later on, we advise you to withdraw money only at ATMs at banks. Keep an eye on your bank statements so that you can report unknown charges immediately.
Random highway checkpoints.
The police force and military do checkpoints sometimes randomly to fight organized crime, sometimes because they’re looking for something or someone and trying to keep everyone safe, the way to remain safe is to cooperate as long as it’s not too intrusive or aggressive. It is true that there are also fake checkpoints that organized crime but it is rare for people to get involved in something serious here.
Kidnapping rates have dropped significantly in Mexico these past few years, it was mostly local people, do not worry about this issue since it’s not that likely anymore, although there is one thing you should know, there are criminals who call you or one of your loved ones and claim to have you or your loved one kidnapped, you will be able to hear someone crying and pleading to trick you into thinking that it is actually happening, then they will ask you for money and will say that they are going to hurt the person they claim to have in custody. Here is what you can do: Call the person they claim to have kidnapped, if they do not pick up, do not worry, they may be busy, call people around that person, most of the time these calls are not real.
1 Mexico is not always as dangerous as they say.
The first thing you should know is that Mexico is one of the most visited countries by people from all over the world every year, Mexico hosts 24 million tourists, its beautiful beaches, its colorful streets and rich culture attract a lot of tourists from many countries. But there is another side of Mexico that people talk about and is afraid of. It is true that bad things happen but these things happen in many other places too. Another thing you should know about Mexico is that its people are very welcoming, they tend to make people feel welcome in their home, therefore people are going to be okay with you as long as you are not hurting anyone or being a risk to others, since most places tourists go to are crowded, there are no risks there. Just try to avoid being alone in dark places. These tips are mostly pretty general for anyone traveling anywhere, you can’t be too careful. However, tourists all over the world are targets for thieves, there are a few things you can do to assure your safety.
2 Do some research on your destination.
There is information all over the internet about many cities, you can find out whether it’s safe to go to certain places or not, there are are areas with higher crime rates than others and you can find that out so you can be aware of it while you’re there.
3 Don’t take valuables with you.
Think twice about taking a valuable object with you, you might not even need it and since there is still something that could be stolen, you might want to leave it at home instead.
4 Blend in.
As you already know, tourists are targets so try not to be too obvious about the fact that you don’t know the place you’re at because if you are, thieves will notice and take advantage of it.
5 Go to ATMs in banks only.
If you need to withdraw money from your account make sure to do it in an ATM inside a bank or store do not use ATMs in other places because it could be a fake ATM that is going to take all your money. Keep your money to yourself somewhere safe at all times, if you need to take money out, be discreet.
6 Do not carry much cash, if you are going to use cash just take enough for that day, try not to carry all your cash with you, you should leave it in your hotel’s room safe box or somewhere safe wherever you’re staying where you can also keep your passport or any other important documents or stuff you may have. It could also be useful if you have your card company international phone number in case you need it if you lose your card.
7 Ask about the areas in the city.
If you did research about the city you will be traveling before you get there it’s good but you can always get more information, ask the staff of the hotel where you’re staying or your host if you are staying with someone or an Airbnb about the areas in the city that you should avoid.
8 Stay alert
Nobody wants to be too drunk in a country they don’t know. While tequila, margaritas and micheladas are great and drinking at Mexico can be a very fun activity, try not to get too drunk, if you get too drunk you will be an even easier target. If you do, try to do it in your hotel or nearby and try not having too much money with you.
9 All psychoactive substances are illegal in Mexico
Despite what you might think, at the time all drugs are illegal in Mexico so do not take any drugs from anyone not just because you don’t take drugs from strangers, also because you could get yourself arrested.
10 Public Transportation
If you need to use public transportation, especially buses, in Mexico City you have to be very careful with pickpockets because in these vehicles many people get robbed, it’s easy for thieves because buses can get very crowded and that is how they operate.
When it comes to taxis in Mexico city as well, you should never take one from the street, ask your hotel to order a taxi for you or order an Uber. Take note of the plates of the car and the name of the driver.
11 Watch out for minor risks.
These things can seem unimportant but you should also watch out for these little risks such as:
Many places in Mexico, mostly tropical areas are the home of these little animals that can carry lethal diseases such as Zika, Chikungunya, Dengue, and Malaria. Sleep with the windows open only if there are mosquito nets but be prepared with mosquito repeller lotions or ambient mosquito repeller, you don’t want to go back home with some disease.
You can get sunburnt anywhere if you are not careful enough but the temperature in Mexican beaches can be very high and you must use UV protection.
You can come across expired or infected food all over the world and Mexican food can be very spicy so if you are not used to spicy food you could get diarrhea but you can avoid these things by taking antibiotics before you go on the trip and remember to stay hydrated, although you should know that tap water is not safe to drink everywhere, make sure that you can drink the water from the tap, if not buy bottles of water, it’s cheaper than you might think.
Most importantly, you will need Auto Insurance, not many companies give you coverage outside the borders of the US and it is not valid in Mexico so if your insurance policy does not cover you outside the US borders, you can get a policy that will be good for as long as you are in Mexico, we have two different options:
Full Coverage, which includes:
Collision (Deductible 2% of the vehicle ACV with a minimum of 100 dlls.)
Comprehensive (Deductible 5% of the vehicle ACV with a minimum of 200 dlls.)
Liability Combined Single Limit (CSL)
Legal Assistance and Roadside assistance for no extra charge.
Liability Combined Single Limit (CSL)
Legal Assistance and Roadside assistance included (offered in most cases)
If you get one of our insurance policies you can begin to feel even safer now, your medical expenses in an accident will be covered, let’s just hope nothing happens, you, your family and your car will be protected. Driving a car without insurance can be dangerous, mostly when traveling to other countries, don’t risk it and enjoy your vacation well protected!
Now you know, you have to take some safety precautions but you’re free to have fun, stop worrying and enjoy your vacation.
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