Mexico's Ministry of Tourism has launched a new Internet site, http://www.safeMexico.com, that focuses on street crime and other security issues. The site gives safety tips for travelers to 11 cities and 10 regions and reprints a paper on tourist security in Mexico by former U.S. Ambassador James R. Jones.
While apparently aimed at countering media reports about crime problems ("Mexico . . . remains a safe place to visit," emphasizes Secretary of Tourism Oscar Espinosa Villareal), the site is blunt in issuing cautions such as "avoid driving alone at night" in Mexico and "avoid hailing taxis on the street" in Mexico City. It also has useful facts, such as phones of authorized taxi services and agencies that provide emergency help.