Mexico 2014 Crime and Safety Report: Monterrey
Overall Crime and Safety Situation
The U.S. Consulate General in Monterrey’s consular district is comprised of five Mexican states. Nuevo Leon, San Luis Potosi, Durango, Zacatecas, and most of the southern area of Coahuila. Information about the entire state of Coahuila is included in this report.
Throughout the district, statistics show a decrease in some crime categories from 2012 to 2013. For example, homicides in Nuevo Leon decreased from 1,459 to 719; in Coahuila from 727 to 616; and in Zacatecas from 342 to 279. Government officials acknowledge while some categories decreased others, such as home robberies, increased. For example, according to statistics from the Procuraduria General de Justicia in Nuevo Leon, there was a rise in home robberies from 4,033 to 4,779. Officials believe citizens feel more secure in their communities and are leaving their homes unattended more frequently.
Overall Road Safety Situation
Road Safety and Road Conditions
If traveling by road, travelers should exercise caution at all times and avoid traveling at night whenever possible. It is recommended to travel with at least half a tank of gasoline, spare tire, and a charged mobile phone. If possible, satellite phones should be available, as there are many areas where mobile phones have limited or no service. In addition, travelers should not hitchhike or offer rides to strangers.
Travelers will often encounter highway checkpoints manned by the military. Travelers should be cautious but follow directions. The highway heading north to Reynosa sees a consistent level of violence that includes carjackings and/or kidnappings; while the highway heading north to Nuevo Laredo has seen markedly fewer incidents. Travelers should pay close attention to local news reports and Consulate Security Messages to reduce their chances of encountering these situations. While generally safer, toll roads are not free from in-transit crimes like carjacking and kidnappings.
If stranded on the highway due to vehicle malfunction, dial 078 for roadside assistance. This service is provided free of charge by the Department of Tourism to all road travelers. More information ed can be found at: http://www.sectur.gob.mx/wb2/sectur/sect_9453_angeles_verdes