Every year around Christmas the risk of crime throughout Colombia increases. Robbery and other violent crimes are common. Firearms are prevalent, and muggings or robberies can quickly turn violent. Criminal activity may increase during the holidays, especially in and around shopping areas.

It is recommended that you exercise caution and be aware of your surroundings; and during a mugging or robbery, remain as calm as possible, complying with the demands of the assailants if possible. Material items such as money, phones, and jewelry should be handed over quickly – they can be replaced, lives/our bodies cannot.

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