Just like in the United States, the incidence of crimes around the holiday tends to increase in Los Cabos. As the number of visitors increases due to the peak travel season, crimes of opportunity become more of a trend.
Recently, law enforcement in Los Cabos issued a reminder for travelers to the beach resort community during the winter holidays to protect themselves against potential crimes.
Beware of Petty Theft
Los Cabos is a relatively safe travel destination for visitors from all over the world. The incidence of crime in Los Cabos is generally on the decline over the past couple of months and there have not been any significant incidents of crime recently reported.
However, that does not mean that travelers to Los Cabos during the peak winter holiday season should not be vigilant to protect themselves from the risk of crime. It’s the same vigilance travelers should take any time they are away from home.
Most of the crimes in Los Cabos that involve tourists are considered crimes of opportunity. That means travelers typically leave items unattended. That could mean stepping away from a pool lounge chair for a few minutes or even leaving a table at a restaurant with a valuable item left behind.
These types of petty theft are what tourists typically experience and could have absolutely been avoided with a bit of vigilance.
Exercise Increased Caution
The United States Department of State maintains a “exercise increased caution” travel advisory for visitors to Los Cabos and the State of Baja California Sur.
This simply means that travelers need to take several of the steps outlined in this article, as well as other general travel safety recommendations provided on the United States Department of State website.
Their travel advisory for Los Cabos is based on general crime issues in the area and was last updated August 22, 2023. They write in their advisory that “criminal activity and violence may occur throughout the state”.
Further, the travel advisory mentions that there are no government employee restrictions when traveling in the State of Baja California Sur.
How To Protect Yourself
Travelers simply need to be aware of their surroundings and take normal precautions to protect themselves from petty theft crimes of opportunity.
All three levels of law enforcement operating in Los Cabos, municipal, state, and federal, take the safety and security of travelers to Los Cabos very seriously. They have even gone as far as to create a regional security camera network that is monitored around the clock to protect travelers to the beach resort destination.
However, for the local law enforcement authorities to be effective in preventing crimes against travelers in Los Cabos, the visitors also have to take some steps to protect themselves.
For example, don’t leave items unattended when walking away from beach towels, pool lounge chairs or even restaurant tables. Travelers should carry valuable items with them, leave them with fellow tourists or simply leave them in the hotel room.
Speaking of hotel rooms, tourists should use the in-room safes where they are available or ask the front desk for a safe deposit box for valuable items. Most resorts and hotels actually offer this valuable service for free. Although, it is underutilized by travelers to the region.
These safety and security strategies for travelers are not 100 percent guaranteed. However, they can avoid the potential theft of valuable items in Los Cabos.
Travelers should also always consider having travel insurance to protect themselves against theft while enjoying a vacation getaway. Plans are generally affordable and can provide important peace of mind when enjoying a winter holiday getaway to the beach resort destination of Los Cabos.
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