The Department of State of United States appealed to its citizens to avoid travel to Tamaulipas ante la insecurity and the crime rate prevails in the state.
The US dependence has led to the departure of staff from its Consulate General in Nuevo Laredowhich has not provided routine services since March 15.
The State Department has asked Americans traveling to that Tamaulipas city to keep abreast of local news and announcements.
Organized crime activities, including shootings, murders, armed robberies, car hijackings, kidnappings, forced disappearances, extortion and sexual assaults, are common along the northern border and in Ciudad Victoria. Criminal groups target public and private passenger buses, as well as private cars traveling through Tamaulipas, and often take passengers and demand ransom payments, ”reads the travel warning, which is set at its highest level. .
He noted that members of the organized crime is often found on the street and cooperates impunitymainly in the border region of Reynosa to Nuevo Laredoareas where local police “have limited capacity to respond to criminal incidents”.
The State Department noted that law enforcement is higher in Tampico, Ciudad Madero and Altamira, which have a lower rate of criminal activity.
Travel by U.S. government employees is restricted to the Nuevo Laredo and Matamoros areas, within a limited radius around and between U.S. consulates in both cities, their housesthe various border ports of entry and restricted downtown areas, subject to a nocturnal curfew.
U.S. consular employees will not be able to travel between cities in Tamaulipas using highways in the interior of Mexico, nor will they be able to travel to other parts of the state.
With information from López-Dóriga Digital