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Is Belize a Safe or Dangerous Country?Belize, like most countries, is not the exception for crime. However, violent crime usually happens in certain areas and mostly involve gangs. The Belize Defense Force patrols these areas as well as the forested areas where armed criminal gangs tend to operate. Petty crime, however, is common throughout the country; this includes robbery, mugging and sexual assault. Robberies and assaults have mostly been reported in resort areas; please note that criminals often operate in groups and target solo travelers. We recommend that you do not venture into isolated and/or poorly lit areas. It is best to use taxis after dark. Armed robberies sometimes happen near the border with Guatemala (including Caracol). If you are visiting the Mayan archaeological sites in that area, be very cautious and only do so with a well-known tour guide.
Warnings & Dangers
OVERALL RISK : MEDIUM
Standard safety precautions are recommended in Belize. Exercise common sense and remain vigilant for suspicious behavior as you would in any other country. Watch out for petty crime in tourist areas and protect your valuables.
PICKPOCKETS RISK : HIGH
Pickpocketing and purse snatching are common in tourist locations and public transportation.
MUGGING RISK : HIGH
Muggings have happened in urban areas. People walking alone are often the targets, especially at night. In case of being robbed, do not resist and hand over your valuables.
SCAMS RISK : MEDIUM
As in any other country, taxi drivers will try to take advantage of travelers by overcharging them. Remain vigilant for thieves that use different strategies to rob you like a tap on the shoulder, spitting or getting something spilled on you. Credit card skimming is also common.
TRANSPORT & TAXIS RISK : MEDIUM
Public buses and taxis are often unsafe due to poor vehicle maintenance. Make sure you book a ride or use radio taxis from places like a hotel when possible as there have been reports of traveler being robbed and assaulted by taxi drivers.
NATURAL DISASTERS RISK : MEDIUM
The hurricane season in Belize normally runs from June to November. Belize is not in an active earthquake zone, but, sometimes, you can feel the vibrations from earthquakes in the neighboring countries. Monitor local media and follow the advice of the local authorities.
TERRORISM RISK : LOW
There is no recent history of terrorism in Belize. However, they should not be ruled out, so remain vigilant for suspicious activity.
WOMEN TRAVELERS RISK : MEDIUM
Many women travel safely without any issues. However, there have been reports of sexual assault throughout the country. Avoid isolated locations and traveling alone after dark. Remain extra vigilant at bus terminals and in taxis.