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(CNN Spanish) -- Virtually throughout Mexico there is some degree of risk from insecurity, according to the new travel alert from the U.S. State Department.

First, the U.S. government has asked its citizens not to travel to Colima, Guerrero, Michoacán, Sinaloa, Tamaulipas and Zacatecas due to high levels of violence and crime.

Secondly, the Government requests to reconsider its visit, for the same reasons, to the states of Baja California, Chihuahua, Durango, Guanajuato, Jalisco, Morelos and Sonora.

The alert includes 17 other states, where they ask for greater caution when traveling, these are: Aguascalientes, Baja California Sur, Chiapas, Coahuila, Hidalgo, State of Mexico, Nayarit, Nuevo León, Oaxaca, Puebla, Querétaro, Quintana Roo, San Luis Potosí, Tabasco, Tlaxcala, Veracruz and Mexico City.

Without referring to the notice of the US State Department, this Wednesday, the president of Mexico, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, highlighted the levels of security that, in his opinion, exist in the capital of the country.

"Here in Mexico City," he said, "is where crime has dropped the most, crime rates have been greatly reduced, homicide is as it was 25 years ago," the president said.


Although the new travel alert places 30 of the 32 states in the country with some degree of risk due to insecurity, a report on the matter, presented by the government on Tuesday, highlights that the decrease in several of the crime rates is notorious.

Rosa Icela Rodríguez, Secretary of Security and Citizen Protection, said that thanks to the operations and actions carried out by the armed forces and security forces throughout the country, various crimes have decreased.

In most of the crimes we had reductions, said the official, "until July we see how intentional homicide continues to fall," being this month, since this administration began in December 2018, the one that presented the lowest level in the last 6 years, said Rodríguez.

Through his social networks, the US ambassador to Mexico, Ken Salazar, said that in the update of the travel alert there were no decreases in the reference levels, which reflects, he wrote, that the shared work in security matters advances, although he pointed out "it is necessary to do more".

On the @StateDept Travel Alert update: That there were no decreases in baseline levels in the Travel Alert update reflects that our shared work on safety is progressing, but that we need to do more.
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— Ambassador Ken Salazar (@USAmbMex) August 22, 2023

The diplomat said the alerts are based on a technical analysis that considers various factors, including homicide rates, kidnappings and violent crime.

The only two states where they indicate that normal precautions are established when traveling are Campeche and Yucatan, both located in the south of the country.