Every year around Christmas, the risk of crime throughout Colombia increases, especially in and around shopping areas. Robbery and other violent crimes are more common, firearms are more prevalent, and muggings or robberies can turn violent.

It is recommended that you exercise caution and be aware of your surroundings. Be wise when and where you take money out of cash machines. Avoid dark, lonely areas, and seek company as much as possible when you are out and about. If you are assaulted in any way, try to remain calm, 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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