Stephen in the News: Traveling to Mexico? Violent Crimes Uncommon in Tourist Areas, Risk Expert Says – NBC News

Stephen was consulted for a piece by the NBC News on February 6, 2013 concerning recent crimes targeting travelers in Mexico, specifically the brutal rape of six Spanish females in Acapulco. Violent crime against tourists in Mexico is not common, but recent events have stirred controversy and questions about where to stay and what to watch out for.

Crime takes the path of least resistance,” said Stephen Barth, a lawyer and professor of hospitality law at the University of Houston “You are generally going to be safer in hotels or resorts. Individual houses frequently do not have the same level of security and protection,” and may even be open or near to the beach, as the house in this incident was.

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