In recent decades there have been new and increased forms of violence used in land conflicts:
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The Consulate General advises traveling in groups at all times. Pick-pocketing, purse-snatching, robbery, bag-slashing, and hotel room theft are the most common types of non-violent crimes committed against U.
These incidents occur throughout Ecuador and have increased significantly in recent years. Pickpockets and other petty thieves are particularly active in tourist areas, airports, restaurants, on public transportation, in crowded streets, bus terminals, public markets, and grocery stores.
Backpackers are frequently targeted for robbery, as are travelers carrying laptop computer bags. Never carry more than you are willing to lose and never carry anything you consider priceless or irreplaceable. Make use of hotel safes when available, avoid wearing obviously expensive jewelry or designer clothing, and carry only the necessary cash or credit cards on each outing.
Stay alert to pickpockets when in crowds and when taking public transportation, and be conscious of distractions created to target tourists. Maintain a low profile and do not advertise that you are American. Violent crime has significantly increased over the last few years, with American citizens being victims of crimes, including homicides, armed assaults, robberies, sexual assaults, and home invasions.
Armed or violent robberies occur throughout Ecuador. Many travelers have been robbed after using ATMs or when exiting banks. Travelers should avoid withdrawing large amounts of cash at one time from banks and ATMs, and should use ATMs in protected indoor areas, like well-guarded shopping malls.
In some cases, robbers have used motorcycles to approach their victims and flee the scene. Tourists have also been robbed at gunpoint on beaches and along hiking trails.
Increasing numbers of U. Pay for items in cash whenever possible, and only use credit cards at larger establishments, such as hotels. Also, be sure to monitor bank accounts and credit card statements frequently. Incidents of sexual assault and rape have increased, including in well-traveled tourist areas.
These so-called date-rape drugs, most often rohypnol and scopolamine, disorient the victim and can cause prolonged unconsciousness and serious medical problems. Other Areas of Concern Visitors should exercise extreme caution in the downtown area of Guayaquil and the southern part of the city.
There have also been reports of armed robberies at restaurants in the Urdesa and Samborondon areas. Some roads are poorly maintained or affected by heavy rains and mudslides.
Mountain roads may lack safety features crash barriers, guard railsand conditions are frequently made more treacherous by heavy fog.
Highways are often unmarked and not illuminated and do not have signage.Contributors: 3. Last update: August These data are based on perceptions of visitors of this website in the past 3 years.
If the value is 0, it means it is perceived as very low, and if the value is , it means it is perceived as very high. In , rate of natural increase for Ecuador was persons per thousand population.
Rate of natural increase of Ecuador fell gradually from persons per thousand population in to persons per .
A view of the capital of Ecuador - San Francisco de Quito or Quito for short - which is the country's second most populous city (after Guayaquil) and one of the highest capitals in South America. It is also the headquarters of the Union of South American Nations.
Information about crime in Ecuador. Shows how much people think the problem in their community are property crimes (home broken, car theft, etc.), violent crimes (being mugged or robbed, being attacked or insulted), corruption and other crimes.
There has been an increase in robberies on public transportation, especially in Quito, Riobamba, and Baños. Most incidents take place at night and on interstate buses.
There are unlicensed taxis in Ecuador, so make sure you pre-arrange a ride or use radio taxis from places like a hotel when possible.
Ecuador Expat Forum: Crime Increase in Cuenca. Forum for Expats Living in Ecuador on Expat Exchange. Topic posted by OceanHideaway.