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Security Alert: Mexico, Holiday Alert

Location:  Mexico

Event:  Holiday Safety Tips (December 23, 2020)

Please review the steps below to keep you and your loved ones safe during this holiday season:

  • As a reminder, land border crossings are restricted to essential travel (travel for educational, emergency, medical, and work-related purposes) to curb the spread of COVID-19. 
  • In many states, COVID-19 cases and related hospitalizations are increasing and hospitals are near capacity.  
  • Consular services, like appointments for emergency passports, are currently limited due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Drive defensively; the number of drunk drivers greatly increases during the holidays.
  • Park in well-lit spaces and don’t leave valuables in your vehicle.
  • Never leave your car unoccupied with the motor running or with children inside.  A car can be stolen in seconds.
  • Avoid carrying large amounts of cash; if you need to use an ATM, use one indoors or in some other well-lit, populated area.
  • Maintain a low personal profile and avoid drawing attention to yourself.
  • Never give out your personal information such as family member names, addresses, or telephone numbers in an open setting.




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