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      New wave of kidnappings prompts travel alert for Nuevo Laredo

      American officials have issued a new alert following a wave of kidnappings south of the border in Nuevo Laredo.

      The American Consulate in Nuevo Laredo issued the warning on Wednesday afternoon.

      Consulate officials reported that Mexican police have increased checkpoints on area highways but the number of kidnappings and assaults has continued to climb.

      No exact figures were given but consulate officials said the number of kidnappings and other crimes reported to them has increased since January of this year.

      The consulate is advising Americans traveling Nuevo Laredo and the surrounding area to keep a low profile and a heightened sense of awareness.

      Any American that is a victim of crime in Mexico is asked to report it both to Mexican authorities and to the nearest consulate.

      Increased Security Incidents in Nuevo Laredo Consular District

      The U.S. Consulate in Nuevo Laredo alerts U.S. citizens traveling and residing in the Nuevo Laredo Consular District to a recent increase in security-related incidents including abductions, kidnappings and assaults. Newly arrived State Police have increased their use of checkpoints on the highways that connect Nuevo Laredo with Piedras Negras, Monterrey, and Reynosa. The number of kidnappings and other crimes reported to the U.S. Consulate has increased since January of this year. We urge you to immediately report any incidents to the appropriate Mexican authorities and to the U.S. Consulate in Nuevo Laredo. The American Citizen Services section has officers available 24 hours a day to receive reports of incidents regarding U.S. Citizens. We advise all U.S. citizens to maintain a low profile and a heightened sense of awareness, and to follow security recommendations detailed in the latest Travel Warning.

      To contact Mexican emergency services, dial 066. For the Federal Prosecutors office (PGR) in Nuevo Laredo, dial 867-713-2721. For the Tamaulipas State Prosecutors office (PGJE), dial 867-711-2715. If you are a U.S. citizen in need of urgent assistance after hours, the emergency number for the U.S. Consulate is 044-867-727-2797 from within Nuevo Laredo, 045-867-727-2797 from elsewhere in Mexico, and 011-52-1-867-727-2797 or 956-754-0197 from within the United States.

      We strongly recommend that U.S. citizens traveling to or residing in Mexico enroll in the Department of State TMs Smart Traveler Enrollment Program(STEP) at www.travel.state.gov. STEP enrollment gives you the latest security updates, and makes it easier for the U.S. embassy or nearest U.S. consulate to contact you in an emergency. If you don TMt have internet access, enroll directly with the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate.

      Regularly monitor the State Department's website, where you can find current Travel Warnings (including the travel warning for Mexico), Travel Alerts, and Worldwide Cautions. Read the Country Specific Information for Mexico. For additional information, refer to A Safe Trip Abroad on the State Department TMs website.

      Contact the U.S. Embassy or consulates for up-to-date information on travel restrictions. You can also call 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or 1-202-501-4444 from other countries. These numbers are available from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. ET, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays). Follow us on Twitter and Facebook, and download our freeSmart Traveler iPhone App to have travel information at your fingertips.

      The U.S. Consulate in Nuevo Laredo is located at 3330 Allende, Colonia Jardin, Nuevo Laredo, Mexico and is open 8:00 am to 5:00 pm Monday through Friday. Contact us at (011) (52) (867) 714-0512 from the U.S. and (01) (867) 714-0512 within Mexico. If you are a U.S. citizen in need of urgent assistance after hours, the emergency number for the U.S. Consulate is 044-867-727-2797 from within Nuevo Laredo, 045-867-727-2797 from elsewhere in Mexico, and 011-52-1-867-727-2797 or 956-754-0197 from within the United States.

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