This is to advise American citizens living and traveling in Mazatlan about recent violent crimes at locations frequented by residents and tourists. Between August 6th and August 8th there were three armed robberies at three popular locations within a three block radius in the city.
- On August 8, 2011 Fruteria Alicia on Aquiles Serdan Street between Mariano Escobedo and Constitucion, was robbed at gunpoint. Alicias is a popular fresh fruit market in the downtown area.
- Customers, waitresses and the bartender at Edgar’s bar were robbed at gunpoint on August 7, 2011. Edgar’s bar is at the corner of Aquiles Serdan and Mariano Escobedo’s Street, a block from the City Hall, and is it is popular spot among American tourists and residents.
- Another downtown bar, Club Bar 21, located on Angel Flores and Teniente Azueta was robbed at gunpoint on August 6, 2011, at around 8:30 at night.
U.S. citizens are advised to adhere to the following recommendations to reduce the risk of falling victim to local crime:
- Avoid outside cafes and exterior dining areas of restaurants that abut streets and pedestrian walkways.
- Avoid, as much as possible, open display of valuable items (IPOD, jewelry, Blackberry etc)
- Do not use public buses or hail taxis directly off the street; taxis are permitted, but the U.S. Consulate strongly urges individuals to call radio dispatched taxi companies.
- Avoid walking home late at night; if you must then attempt to do so using the “buddy-system”.
Be alert to your personal security situation at all times and please let Consular Agency Mazatlan or U. S. Consulate General Hermosillo know if you are a victim of crime.