TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - An increase in crime has forced the U.S. State Department to issue a travel warning for several locations in Mexico, including some popular tourist destinations.
Issued on Wednesday, the advisory noted that violent crimes were widespread in the country.
Travelers are urged to exercise increased caution when traveling to Colima, Guerrero, Michoacan, Sinaloa, Tamaulipas.
While less common, violent crime in popular tourist destinations such as Cancun and Cozumel have been on the rise as well.
According to Newsweek, Cancun has been in a state of turmoil after eight bodies were found in the area bound, shot, and decapitated.
The travel advisory also noted that while many homicides in Quintana Roo state appeared to be targeted, violent crimes have occurred in areas frequented by American tourists.
"Shooting incidents injuring or killing bystanders have occurred," noted the advisory.