UChic Hot Topics: Keep it safe on spring break

Those of you who have booked your spring break trip to Cancun might want to think twice.

The U.S. State Department and universities across the nation have issued warnings to Americans considering traveling to Mexico.

And though they aren’t telling you that you can’t go, they sure are telling you to be careful.
My university recently sent an e-mail warning students about traveling to Mexico.

The warnings stem from an increased amount of violence around the U.S.-Mexico border. On the U.S. State Department’s Web site, it notes that dozens of Americans have been kidnapped in recent years while in Mexico.

If you are going to Mexico- don’t ignore these warnings. Be careful. Stay in groups. There is no reason why you should be wandering around by yourself in a foreign country. Stay in familiar locations.

Even if you aren’t traveling out of the country, still be smart about your actions on spring break. Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past couple months, the economy is in a recession. Many Americans are jobless and have been hit hard in their wallets.

Without a doubt, this means that larceny rates are certainly going to increase. More people are desperate and on the prowl to find money. As young women, we are the most likely targets for these attacks. Don’t think just because you’re on a beach in Florida somewhere that you are completely safe. Make sure to stay aware of your surroundings and not to wander around alone.

For spring break this year, no matter where you are headed, try to keep staying safe as your number one priority.

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