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Warnings & Dangers
OVERALL RISK : MEDIUM
Overall, Kuala Lumpur is a safe city. However, it is important to exercise common sense and remain vigilant for suspicious behaviour as you would in any other country.
PICKPOCKETS RISK : HIGH
Pickpocket and bag and purse snatching are common in tourist locations and can become violent. Remain vigilant for thieves that use different strategies to rob you.
MUGGING RISK : HIGH
There have been reports of muggings in Kuala Lumpur, particularly during after-hours and in rural areas of city.
SCAMS RISK : HIGH
As in any other country, taxi drivers will try to take advantage of travelers by overcharging them. Some taxis do not use their meters, so be prepared to negotiate your fare before you get in the taxi or ask your driver to use it. Scams at busy shopping centers are common. People may approach you with stories of distress or warnings with the purpose of separating you from your valuables. Credit card fraud is also a growing issue. If you must use your card, only do so at established businesses.
TRANSPORT & TAXIS RISK : MEDIUM
Book your taxi by phone or use the taxi desk instead of hailing one on the street, especially after dark.
NATURAL DISASTERS RISK : MEDIUM
Flooding is common during the rainy season, especially in the city centre and downstream areas. From June to October, during the dry season, smoke haze is usual in the city, so always make sure to monitor the Malaysian Department of the Environment website or the Air Pollutant Index Management System (APIMS).
TERRORISM RISK : MEDIUM
Terrorist attacks are likely throughout Malaysia. Remain vigilant and take advice from authorities, hotels and tour operators. It is important to follow the news on television and radio closely.
WOMEN TRAVELERS RISK : MEDIUM
Many women travel safely without any issues in KL. However, it is always important to exercise particular care in crowds, on public transportation, in rural areas, and in isolated sections. Avoid isolated locations and traveling alone after dark. Women may get some unwanted attention from men. Wear clothes that cover your arms, legs, and chest in order to blend in.