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Violent crime is not very common in Medellin, but it is important to be extra cautious when touring the city center, Comuna 13, Parque Lleras, Parque de las Luces, Parque San Antonio, Parque Periodista, Prado, Barrio Trinidad, La Sierra, and areas not covered by the metro system. Avoid these areas after dark unless you are companied by a guide or a private driver.
Warnings & Dangers
OVERALL RISK : MEDIUM
Street crime is an issue in Medellin, so standard safety precautions are recommended. Although violence against travellers does not occur often, there have been a few reports of robberies involving violence. Exercise common sense and remain vigilant for suspicious behaviour as you would in any other major city.
PICKPOCKETS RISK : HIGH
Pickpocketing and purse snatching are common in tourist locations and public transportation. Distraction is often the strategy, so always be alert and keep an eye on your belongings.
MUGGING RISK : MEDIUM
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. Express kidnappings or short-term kidnappings can also occur. Most cases in major cities involve victims that have been picked up by taxis stopped from the street.
SCAMS RISK : HIGH
As in any other major city, 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. Thieves have been known to pose as police officers, so always ask to see official identification and record the officer’s name, badge number, and district. Do not hand them your passport or money for inspection as a legitimate Colombian police will never make such request. Insist on calling a bona fide police station if this happens.
TRANSPORT & TAXIS RISK : MEDIUM
Overall, taxis and public transportation are safe. 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
Medellin is subject to Flooding, landslides, and earthquakes. Monitor local media and follow the advice of the local authorities.
TERRORISM RISK : MEDIUM
There is a general threat from terrorism that is linked to organised crime. Control of the drugs trade is one of the major drivers. Remain vigilant and take advice from authorities, hotels and tour operators.
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. Women may be subject to verbal harassment as well. Remain extra vigilant at bus terminals and in taxis.