CNN and other news outlets are reporting that masked gunmen invaded a rented beach home outside Acapulco, Mexico, on Monday, tying up the male renters and raping six Spanish female renters.
While the United States Department of State considers the tourist areas of Acapulco to be relatively safe, according to its most recent Travel Warning for Mexico, the Mexican state of Guerrero (where Acapulco is located) is known for its organized crime problems. Police are still investigating Monday's assault, although they do not believe the attack is connected to a criminal organization.
Mexico is a very large country, however, and there are many areas that are both safe and welcoming. If you are concerned about Mexico travel safety, your best defenses are research and awareness. Find out which places to avoid before you book your trip, choose safe places to visit and stay alert while you travel.