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    Panama Most Dangerous Area

    Hello, I want to know where is the most dangerous area in panama that should be avoided, especially for tourist and expat?

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    I've read that Colon is one of the dangerous areas.

    The crime rate appears to be high there, and it's not recommended to stay there too long. If you happen to arrive there via a cruise ship for instance it's recommended to take a taxi to get out or use one of the tour guides.

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    I don't think Colon is the most dangerous place. I have heard Colon receives more tourist arrivals than Panama City. But all this said, I've never been to Colon and so, I am not sure. Crime is a bit of problem all over Panama, although compared to the other Latin American nations, it is within the limits.
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    Well it might not be one of the most dangerous places, but it seems that there is some significant crime activity there. I took a look at the US government travel guide site and it mentioned that Colon had a high crime rate. The problem seems to be youth gangs, and unfortunately this is a problem that stretches far beyond just Panama. It's sad that the youth is going down this path.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JustWow View Post
    Well it might not be one of the most dangerous places, but it seems that there is some significant crime activity there. I took a look at the US government travel guide site and it mentioned that Colon had a high crime rate. The problem seems to be youth gangs, and unfortunately this is a problem that stretches far beyond just Panama. It's sad that the youth is going down this path.
    Unfortunate. I was planning to visit Colon in near future. May have to think about it again, especially since I will be traveling alone. I think I can replace Colon with some other tourist attractions.
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    I am also interested in this question. As reading from above I will try to avoid going to Colon because of the crime rate...However I will try to enjoy my stay in Panama as much as I can.

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    When you say "high in crime" what kind of crime you refer to? I mean it's robbery, pickpocketing or are we talking about serious crime like rape, kidnapping, murder etc.?
    There are kind of crime, such as pickpocketing, that can be avoid by just being vigilant and I think you will find that those kind of crimes are well spread in any city in the world.

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    What I means from dangerous is the one that will endanger a person's life. It could be from serious crime that involves murdering (robbery could end up in murdering too)

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    I took another look at the travel guide again to give you a better answer and it's not too specific, but it did say something about armed robberies, muggings, so the main problem seems to be theft related. So not much murders going on, but you might get a gun pointed at you over some cash for instance which is not good..

    As for avoiding it altogether, if you're going to have family with you or young kids it might not be worth putting them at risk over a few attractions there. If not, then you might want to still visit it assuming you're feeling adventurous and are willing to take precautions and stay alert. Following those guidelines you should be fine. I've been to dangerous areas in Central America as well as in the US before and nothing bad happened to me.

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    That's true. I mean I believe in destiny, faith or however you want to call it but on the other hand... why tempt destiny?

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    Quote Originally Posted by JustWow View Post
    I took another look at the travel guide again to give you a better answer and it's not too specific, but it did say something about armed robberies, muggings, so the main problem seems to be theft related. So not much murders going on, but you might get a gun pointed at you over some cash for instance which is not good..

    As for avoiding it altogether, if you're going to have family with you or young kids it might not be worth putting them at risk over a few attractions there. If not, then you might want to still visit it assuming you're feeling adventurous and are willing to take precautions and stay alert. Following those guidelines you should be fine. I've been to dangerous areas in Central America as well as in the US before and nothing bad happened to me.
    If in a condition that we need to go to that area, Can we hire a bodyguard to travel into insecure area? Or maybe we can ask the police officer to guard us?

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    I think Panama City Streets can be dangerous. I am not sure. I came to know through my friend. Is that true???

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    Well hiring a bodyguard might give you piece of mind but probably would make a bigger hole in your pocket then rubbery lol
    I never tried asking a policeman to guard me anywhere, I don't think they would actually chaperon anybody but you never know... you might find one that has a particularly good day and doesn't mind helping out

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    Quote Originally Posted by crisella74 View Post
    Well hiring a bodyguard might give you piece of mind but probably would make a bigger hole in your pocket then rubbery lol
    I never tried asking a policeman to guard me anywhere, I don't think they would actually chaperon anybody but you never know... you might find one that has a particularly good day and doesn't mind helping out
    I have never considered that option. Well I'd like to visit Darien and under current security situation it is extremely likely. Do you have any experience in hiring bodyguard in Panama? I am seriously considering the move right now.
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    Most dangerous spots are...

    If you have the right contacts you can hire your own
    full time police officer to be with you for around $500 to $700 a month.

    Actually most of the MOST dangerous areas are basically
    in the city.

    Chorrillo is dangerous enough that police won't go unless
    they are 4 or more. This is RIGHT NEXT to Casco Viejo.
    which makes Casco Viejo a fairly dangerous place if
    you wander around.

    Curundu is perhaps the MOST dangerous area.
    Walk in there by yourself and you'll be lucky
    to be alive. This is where most gangs live
    and "fight it out".

    I've been to Colon and I felt A LOT safer
    than the 2 places above.

    That being said, I've had a good friend and his
    girlfriend robbed at gun point in front of Punta
    Pacifica by 2 young kids.

    Be aware, everywhere.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ford007 View Post
    I have never considered that option. Well I'd like to visit Darien and under current security situation it is extremely likely. Do you have any experience in hiring bodyguard in Panama? I am seriously considering the move right now.
    I can't tell you about Panama but we actually had bodyguards in Pakistan, I don't know how much they were as they were hired by my husband's company. Mind you, this was a very long time ago, before any of this trouble in Middle East started, so it was more of a show off case, but very cool anyway. Pakistan is actually a very peaceful country if you get to know it so we never "tested" their usefulness but I would imagine it does make a huge difference, especially if they have a uniform and are allowed to have a gun (not sure what the law on this is in Panama).

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    Well I'm sure there's bodyguard services out there, but that might be a bit too extreme. And honestly if you NEED a bodyguard to visit an area for tourism purposes then there's probably nothing nice to see there to begin with. Also, having the bodyguard might just attract more attention as the people might think you are wealthy. It's best to wear very casual clothes when going there, and remain calm yet alert.

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    The street is definitely the most dangerous place in Panama.

    But non-traffic, more crime related area?

    Chorillo, downtown Colon (for now), the Darien

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    Quote Originally Posted by No-Non-Sense-Matt View Post
    If you have the right contacts you can hire your own
    full time police officer to be with you for around $500 to $700 a month.

    Actually most of the MOST dangerous areas are basically
    in the city.

    Chorrillo is dangerous enough that police won't go unless
    they are 4 or more. This is RIGHT NEXT to Casco Viejo.
    which makes Casco Viejo a fairly dangerous place if
    you wander around.

    Curundu is perhaps the MOST dangerous area.
    Walk in there by yourself and you'll be lucky
    to be alive. This is where most gangs live
    and "fight it out".

    I've been to Colon and I felt A LOT safer
    than the 2 places above.

    That being said, I've had a good friend and his
    girlfriend robbed at gun point in front of Punta
    Pacifica by 2 young kids.

    Be aware, everywhere.
    Well I think I can afford $500-700 per month. I have never ventured in to Chorrillo. However I have visited Casco Viejo once. Fortunately no untoward incidents happened there. After reading your post, I am curious about Curundu. I would like to visit the area.
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    Omg

    Wow these posts have scared me into moving to Panama. Im a 21 yr olld girl and although i will be travelling to panama with family i might travel there just by myself once in awhile, so im guessing it is too dangerous for me to move there?

    considering i will be out n about and because its a small city i could be easily watched and seen alone so i might become a arget right?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Veraa View Post
    Wow these posts have scared me into moving to Panama. Im a 21 yr olld girl and although i will be travelling to panama with family i might travel there just by myself once in awhile, so im guessing it is too dangerous for me to move there?

    considering i will be out n about and because its a small city i could be easily watched and seen alone so i might become a arget right?
    No, absolutely not. Panama is not a dangerous place and you would be perfectly safe to visit or move here.

    There are areas of Panama, just like any other city or country that are bad areas. But they're very visible, easily avoided and there's virtually no reason that anyone who doesn't live there would have to be there. Even when you drive through those areas (which I do daily), there's really nothing to fear as carjackings and other internationally common crimes simply don't happen hear with any regularity.

    You should feel perfectly safe moving here and if you need any more info, feel free to contact me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by crisella74 View Post
    I can't tell you about Panama but we actually had bodyguards in Pakistan, I don't know how much they were as they were hired by my husband's company. Mind you, this was a very long time ago, before any of this trouble in Middle East started, so it was more of a show off case, but very cool anyway. Pakistan is actually a very peaceful country if you get to know it so we never "tested" their usefulness but I would imagine it does make a huge difference, especially if they have a uniform and are allowed to have a gun (not sure what the law on this is in Panama).
    Surprised to hear that. I'll never visit Middle Eastern nations unless there is any real emergency. By the way my cousin is serving in Iraq as a private security contractor. They pay well.. that is the only reason... else it is a no go area. Pakistan is no better.. every day I'm reading about Taliban insurgents crossing over to Pakistan from Afghanistan. I think I'd rather stay in Panama and Australia rather than visiting those "exotic" places.
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    Here's what I just found:

    http://travel.state.gov/travel/cis_p...994.html#crime


    Quote Originally Posted by ford007 View Post
    Unfortunate. I was planning to visit Colon in near future. May have to think about it again, especially since I will be traveling alone. I think I can replace Colon with some other tourist attractions.

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    The most dangerous area is that place where you appear to be the easiest target.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fouzie View Post
    Hello, I want to know where is the most dangerous area in panama that should be avoided, especially for tourist and expat?
    In Panama City, avoid the El Chorrillo district at all times. Calidonia, Santa Ana and Casco Viejo at night. In Colon province, avoid Colon City except for the Free Zone and the cruise ship terminal. The city may be explored safely by taxi or car, but never on foot. Finally, Yaviza in the Darien Gap where Colombian drug-trafficking guerrillas roam.

    Common sense should prevail at all times to maintain safety in the big city. Avoid poorly lit and desolate alleys while flashing expensive camaras and jewelry. While there may not be predatory ambushers waiting to mug you, your high profile could make you a target of opportunity.

    The safest areas in Panama City are Punta Paitilla, Balboa Ave, Marbella, Bella Vista, El Cangrejo, Obarrio, San Francisco, El Dorado and Casco Viejo before sunset.
    "Few cities in Latin America can match the diversity, cosmopolitanism and sheer energy of Panama City..." - THE ROUGH GUIDE

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    Avoid Casco Viejo at night? Nonsense. Tell that to the thousands of people who go to eat at fine restaurants there, others who go to fun bars for jazz and rock, others who go to performances at Teatro Nacional, and others who live there or stay at hostels and B&Bs in Casco Viejo.

    Now, it is true that it isn't wise to *walk* to Casco Viejo from other parts of Panama City at night; take a taxi for $2-3.

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    Quote Originally Posted by exilio View Post
    Avoid Casco Viejo at night? Nonsense. Tell that to the thousands of people who go to eat at fine restaurants there, others who go to fun bars for jazz and rock, others who go to performances at Teatro Nacional, and others who live there or stay at hostels and B&Bs in Casco Viejo.

    Now, it is true that it isn't wise to *walk* to Casco Viejo from other parts of Panama City at night; take a taxi for $2-3.
    Going to a club or a specific location is one thing, wandering about Casco Viejo as one would for sightseeing purposes is not recommeded at night when the tourist police are not on duty.
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    Maybe true, but your previous post simply said "avoid Casco Viejo at night." If I were a tourist reading that, I would think it dangerous to take a cab to 'Scena for dinner and then walk to La Cason de Brujas after -- and that is not true.

    I wasn't trying to start an argument with you -- just clarify things for people who've not been here. I can't think of many cities (in the world) over 100K in population where "wandering about" at night would be a particularly safe enterprise.

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    PS: Now, I will say that it's a real challenge to *drive* your own car (or rental) to Casco Viejo, especially at night. Not because it's particularly dangerous, but because it's a maze of tiny little dark, unsigned streets, and it's easy to get lost. And, parking's a pain. I've been going there for 5 years, and I've lived in PC for 2, and I still take a taxi -- unless I have a knowledgeable Panamanian along as my co-pilot.

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    Check out the pics of the poorer areas of Panama City here:

    http://www.travel-images.com/panama-city9.html

    (go to page 9 if it bounces you to the 1st page)

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