Quintana Roo implements special security operations ahead of spring break

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  • Published on March 24, 2023
  • Last Updated May 15, 2023
  • In Passport

Quintana Roo’s governor announced the launch of “Operation Red Circle,” a tactic that is intended to increase the state’s safety.

Quintana Roo is being proactive about security for spring break. The Mexican state is home to Cancun, Cozumel and Isla Mujeres islands, Bacalar, Playa del Carmen and Akumal.

As home to several of the season’s hot tourist spots, the state is doing what it can to make travelers feel as safe as possible when crossing the border.

According to the latest travel advisory, Quintana Roo’s bordering state, Yucatan, is the only other state in Mexico where The State Department has yet to warn against travel or high precautions.

Detour recently reported that, along with sixteen other Mexican states, travelers have been advised to take increased caution when visiting Quintana Roo.

The State Department issued a Level 4 “do not travel” warning for many parts of Mexico. The Hill states that as of March 9, many of those warnings remain in place. Due to crime and kidnapping, states such as Guerrero, Colima, Michoacan, Sinaloa, Tamaulipas and Zacatecas were deemed unsafe.

With the recent rise in travel advisories for Mexico, Quintana Roo governor Mara Lezama Espinosa is ensuring that strategic safety measures are being taken to prepare for the onslaught of incoming spring breakers.

“We are all working daily on joint actions under the new agreement for the welfare and development of Quintana Roo to increase security. We maintain a presence on all beaches with officers from the Navy, the National Guard, the Tourist Police and the State Police,” Espinosa said according to Traveling Lifestyle.

One of the tactics the area is implementing is “Operation Red Circle.” The plan is to increase surveillance and on-the-ground police coverage by 10 p.m. to monitor bars and nightclubs. In addition to the surveillance from the police, “there are immediate attention centers called (CAIS) and tents where security cameras are constantly checked.”

Traveling Lifestyle also reports that the country has already seen nearly 4 million visitors between January and February of this year. This was an increase of 830,000 from January and February of last year.

Despite the state taking extra precautions to ensure tourists’ safety, make sure you’re taking measures of your own. Detour recently listed ways that you can remain safe while in Mexico, including traveling by automobile during the day, staying at hotels that provide safe parking, and avoiding carrying large sums of money or valuables on your person.

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