Mexico, Central America located below the United States despite its high activity in tourism is considered today to have 5 principal cities listed in the 50 most dangerous cities in the world as reported by Business Insider. With tourism being a major contributor to Mexico’s GDP, international travelers can still face dangers as in any other typical Latin American city.
Mexico City D.F even though employs strict gun control law often reports a high rate of armed robberies, assault, kidnappings, and other common street crimes and often international travellers are targeted due to the perception of being wealthy.
Another risk faced in Mexico City is civil unrest. Most demonstrations are intended to be peaceful however can escalate into violence. Demonstrators frequently block city streets, major highways, or take control of government toll roads on major highways and may demand unofficial tolls from travellers. Recently, groups associated with teachers’ unions and those protesting recent alleged human rights violations in the state of Guerrero have used checkpoints as a way of raising money for their causes.
Black Mountain Solutions can assist any Enterprise’s most important assets (being staff) transiting in and around Mexico City and other principal cities by providing a Low Profile vehicle & Security trained driver with a sound working knowledge of the local area and its risks & threats. A low profile vehicle being a vehicle that blends in with the local traffic and other road users, bears no markings or logos and has tinted windows to obscure the contents of inside the vehicle. All vehicles are GPS tracked and monitored by staff in a 24/7 operations room in Mexico City. All staff is ex-military/police and is diligently background checked.
An influential factor contributing to the high crime rate across Mexico today is it being primary location for the smuggling of narcotics such as cocaine, marijuana and heroin between Latin America and the United States. This has also led to corruption within Mexico’s the Federal Representative Republic. Mexico is home to the hemisphere’s largest, most sophisticated and violent organised criminal groups and these organisations have drawn from Mexico’s long history of smuggling and its close proximity to the United States. Drug trafficking and organised crime are a major source of violent crime in Mexico. Many parts and outer lying regions of Mexico suffer from gang-related violence, often in fighting between gangs, cartels or with Government agencies.
Kidnapping being a major concern in Mexico, there were 38 reported cases with a U.S. connection in Embassy Mexico City’s Consular District and over 150 incidents for all of Mexico. These figures include U.S. citizens, Legal Permanent Residents and cases in which an extortion call was made to U.S. citizen family members in the U.S.
On Mexican roads and highways, criminal gangs have been known to erect unauthorised vehicular checkpoints and use government uniforms to stop passing road users in an attempt to commit robbery. Travelling between cities by road can present a high risk, as evident from the reported incident of two Australian travellers who were robbed and murdered whilst travelling in their own vehicle in the Sinaloa state in 2015. Black Mountain Solutions recommends that all outer-city movements should be planned in advance, individually assessed for risk and actualized with a robust Journey Management plan.
Black Mountain Solutions offer comprehensive security services throughout Mexico including;
Our highly experienced staff provide security services in Mexico for all sectors and industries including: