FILE - In this June 29, 2017 file photo, investigators mark the spot where spent bullet casing fell next several bodies lying on a road in the town of Navolato, Sinaloa state, Mexico. Five states in Mexico have gotten the sternest âdo not travelâ advisories under a revamped U.S. State Department system unveiled Wednesday, Jan. 10 2017. The five include the northern border state of Tamaulipas and the Pacific coast states of Sinaloa, Colima, Michoacan and Guerrero, placing the states on the same level warning level as Somalia, Yemen, Syria or Afghanistan. (AP Photo/Enric Marti, File)
Kelcie Willis, Cox Media Group National Content Desk
The U.S. Department of State has issued a travel advisory urging citizens to use increased caution when traveling to five states in Mexico.
USA Today reported that the new warning from the government has increased the Colima, Guerrero, Michoacán, Sinaloa and Tamaulipas states to a level 4, the highest level of potential danger.
The warning for the states, issued Thursday, was raised due to crime.
The State Department already recommends that travelers use “increased caution” when in Mexico because of widespread crime, such as kidnapping, homicide, carjacking and robbery, USA Today reported.
The department recommends that those who decide to travel to Mexico to use toll roads, avoid night driving, be extra vigilant when visiting banks and ATMs, use caution when visiting local bars, nightclubs and casinos, and to avoid displaying signs of wealth. Travelers are also urged to enroll in Smart Traveler Enrollment Program to make locating easier in an emergency and to have an emergency contingency plan. Travelers should also review crime and safety reports for Mexico.