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Municipal police are heightening their attention to tourist safety for the summer. Photo: Reporteros Hoy

Mérida, Yucatán — The summer holiday season has begun, and the municipal police have made a priority of keeping visitors safe.

A special focus on tourist security begins today and continues until Sunday, Sept. 2, with 430 officers — including K9 units — scattered around the Centro Histórico.

Surveillance will be carried out on foot and aboard trucks and motorcycles, with special vigilance around bus stops, banks and ATMs, the police say.

Paramedic teams will be on standby, with base camps set up at Eulogio Rosado Park, as well as in the CAME and TAME bus terminals.

At the service of national and foreign visitors, Tourist Police will patrol tourist zones.

The director of the Municipal Police, Mario Arturo Romero Escalante, advises that crime victims not confront an offender, but report a conflict to 942-0060 or 66, a 24-hour hotline.

Safety tips

  • Before leaving home, list the items you plan to buy.
  • Take with you only the cash you need for your purchases or if you have one, use a credit or debit card.
  • Avoid wearing jewels, jewelry, rings and/or eye-catching watches.
  • Do not publicly display a purse, bag or personal belongings of value.
  • Avoid lonely bus stops or suspicious people.
  • Try to sit near the driver when the bus has few passengers.
  • Do not agree to cash checks from strangers.
  • Do not count money in public.
  • If you are in a car, avoid parking in solitary places.
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