The US Embassy in Bogota issued a statement yesterday advising US citizens & the broader traveling public that there have been a series of crimes impacting US government personnel in the Chapinero and Rosales neighborhoods of Bogotá, including an attempted robbery outside a residence, theft from a vehicle, a telephonic phishing scam, and two instances of theft of the side mirrors from vehicles.
The embassy said that historically during the holiday season, there is a corresponding uptick in crime throughout the city. US citizens are strongly encouraged to maintain a high level of vigilance, be aware of local events, and take appropriate steps to bolster their personal security during the holiday season.
Actions to take (per the Embassy):
- Keep a low profile.
- Avoid parking on the street, utilize parking lots with attendants, and keep valuables out of sight.
- Limit the amount of information shared with any unknown callers and/or strangers.
- Use caution when walking or driving at night. Remain attentive when entering and departing residences.
- Do not display signs of wealth, such as wearing expensive jewelry or watches.
- Limit the use of your cellphone while out in public.
- Only carry the cash and credit cards that you require for your day’s activities.
- Do not resist physically any robbery attempt.
U.S. Consular Agency, Barranquilla
U.S. Department of State – Consular Affairs
1-888-407-4747 or 1-202-501-4444
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Chapinero, Bogotá crime scene photo © Loren Moss