Buses, RVs, and cars — particularly those with foreign license plates — are sometimes targeted at night by highway robbers on remote stretches of highways.
Robbers have been known to masquerade as motorists broken down on the side of the road, hitchhikers, or police. Another ploy is to the signal the mark there is something wrong with their vehicle and to pull over. Consider carefully before pulling over and picking up a hitchhiker or helping a motorist who appears stranded. Nevertheless, the police do setup legitimate checkpoints and you must stop for them.
Buses are occasionally robbed by people who board them posing as legitimate passengers. The police sometimes randomly search passengers, particularly along highways where robberies are known to occur.
Driving or taking the bus during the day, especially along highways with known problems, will significantly lessen the risk of being targeted.
Highway robbers tend not to target vehicles on major toll roads and expressways. First-class buses are considered less susceptible than second-class buses because they will take the faster more direct toll roads and expressways while second-class buses usually do not.
Highway Robberies have been reported on these highways in recent years:
- Hwy 200, (P), Pacific coast from the state of Michoacán through the states of Guerrero and Oaxaca to Huatulco.
- Hwy 75, (T), Oaxaca City to Tuxtepec in the state of Oaxaca.
- Hwy 175, (O), Oaxaca City to Pochutla in the state of Oaxaca.
- Hwy 199, (C), Palenque to Ocosingo in the state of Chiapas.
- Hwy 15, (S), south of Los Mochis to just north of Mazatlán in the state Sinaloa.
- Hwy 95, (A), México City to Acapulco through the states of Morelos and Guerrero.
- Hwy 51 & Hwy 134, (I), Iguala to Ixtapa in the state of Guerrero.
- Hwy 57, (M), San Luis Potosí to Matahuela in the state of San Luis Potosí.
- Hwy 2 & Hwy 15, (X), Mexicali to Agua Prieta, along the border with the US in the states of Baja California and Sonora.
- Hwy 40 & Hwy 2, (Y), Monterrey to Matamoros in the states of Nuevo León and Tamaulipas.