Security Archive

Avoiding Another Traveler Tragedy

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puebla highway carreteraWe are extremely saddened by the recent news that two Australian surfers, Adam Coleman and Dean Lucas, were killed at the hands of an apparent highway robbery gang in the state of Sinaloa while on their way to Guadalajara. It has reminded us of the preceding tragedy involving Harry Devert, a New Yorker whose body was found months after his reported disappearance early last year as he traveled from the state of Michoacan into the state of Guerrero alone on his motorcycle on his way to the World Cup in Brazil. There is no excusing the violence that occurs in Mexico or anywhere else in the world, but there are steps that travelers, expats, all of us can take to help us avoid another similar horrible occurrence. Below we outline some of the most important and practical ones.

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The May 1, 2015, Violence in Guadalajara & Jalisco, Mexico: What It Was (& Wasn’t)

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Soldiers in Front of Burned Bus

Photo via Vice News, originally via AP.

A week has passed since violence struck Jalisco’s capital, Guadalajara, and many other points in the state including its biggest tourist beach draw, Puerto Vallarta. 4 neighboring states were affected as well: Colima, Guanajuato, Michoacán, and Nayarit. As life has returned to “normal” here in the city (more or less), we think it prudent to review what the violence was and also what it wasn’t, instead of allowing fear and news sensationalism to get the better of all of us.

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