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Texas Government warned against traveling to Mexico.

The Texan-American tourist David Hartley was attacked by mexican pirates near the U.S.-Mexican border.

State officials warned american tourists that Texas they can not guarantee the  “integrity and security of texans if they venture to travel to Mexico.”

They noted that drug-related violence “is latent in border cities like Monterrey and tourist spots such as Cancun and Mazatlan”.

Therefore, in a statement signed by Stephen C. McCraw, director of Public Safety of the state government of Texas, it is recommended “to avoid travel to Mexico during this Christmas season and New Year.”

McCraw stated that “violence related to Mexican drug cartels is still latent in border cities and places like Monterrey and Acapulco, in addition, acts of violence related to trafficking and other illicit drugs have been documented in tourist spots such as Cancun and Mazatlan.”

In this regard, Tom Vinger, officer of the Public Safety Dept. in Texas, recalled that during the past spring break issued an alert to students and tourists, called on the risk of visiting border cities of Mexico. This warning happened right after a U.S. citizen was killed in that area.

He explained that the new recommendation is that many people travel without being aware of the risks. “There is more crime, there are confrontations between authorities and drug cartels, sometimes we have faith that it will not happen to us, but a stray bullet does not distinguish between a tourist or a resident,” said Vinger.

Also, the Dallas Police Department adviced tourists to consult the Web site of the U.S. State Department which says that in Mexico “the abduction, including of foreigners, is growing at an alarming rate.”

“We have documented assaults on highways throughout Mexico, travelers should be careful at all times, avoid traveling at night. Rape and sexual assault remain serious crimes in Cancun and other nearby areas,” says the website.

The texan authorities also added: “Mexican authorities have failed to prosecute many criminals for crimes against U.S. citizens, including murder and kidnapping.”