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Stay safe
==Stay safe==
The situation in the state of Chihuahua, specifically Ciudad Juarez, is of special concern. Ciudad Juarez had the highest murder rate in Mexico in 2010. Mexican authorities report that more than 3,100 people were killed in Ciudad Juarez in 2010. Three persons associated with the Consulate General were murdered in March 2010.This high crime statistics have declined dramatically in 2012 and 2013. You should avoid nonessential travel the Guadalupe Bravo area southeast of Ciudad Juarez. US citizens should also defer nonessential travel to the northwest quarter of the state of Chihuahua. From the United States, these areas are often reached through the Columbus, New Mexico, and the Fabens and Fort Hancock, Texas, ports of entry. 
In both areas, US citizens have been victims of narcotics-related violence. There have been incidents of narcotics-related violence in the vicinity of the Copper Canyon in Chihuahua. A recent series of muggings near the US Consulate General in Ciudad Juarez targeted applicants for US visas. Visa and other service seekers visiting the consulate are encouraged to make arrangements to pay for those services using a cashless method.
Authorities in both Juarez and El Paso have tried to curb underage drinking, the downtown districts fill with intoxicated club and bar patrons at night, many of these patrons are under 21, sometimes even under 18. A drunken fight or barroom confrontation can escalate into serious violence, so be careful. High-end clubs will very openly discriminate against anyone who looks like "trouble" (shaved heads, tattoos, gang clothing, or even a working class appearance), and even then, often have incidents happening.
At times, there will be suspicious activity in high-end clubs and bars. If you see this going on turn the other way. Also, in traditional Mexican bars or cantinas, unaccompanied women may be seen as "fair game" or may even be rather unwelcome: bars known as "ladies bars" are more accepting and tolerant of female patrons.
If you happen to be at a nightclub or bar, ignore anyone who tries to talk to you. Be extra cautious when other men or women approach you. They often try to to get you to meet their "friends" so that they can get you drunk and can rob you. This how certain groups related to the drug cartel and/or local gangs operate.
While sampling Mexican beer and tequila is highly recommended for a tourist, you should avoid heavy drinking if you are unfamiliar with this border city. It is also best to keep a close watch on drinks in nightclubs, as they may be laced with date rape drugs by strangers to facilitate a robbery.
===Police and military===
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