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should I be worried?

MESSAGE FOR U.S. CITIZENS

Annual Security Reminder: December 2011

As reported in our Country Specific Information for Nicaragua (…state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/cis/cis_4965.html), violent crime in Nicaragua has increased in recent years. Nicaragua routinely experiences an increase in crime during the month of December, with the theft of jewelry, money, credit cards, vehicles and other valuables in unattended areas being most common. These incidents can also involve violence which may result in serious injury.

The embassy has received recent reports of armed robbery attempts in popular tourist destinations where armed and sometimes masked assailants emerge from roadside locations to attempt to stop vehicles and rob passengers. One common tactic is for assailants to place rocks, tree branches, or other large objects along roads waiting for cars to stop. When the driver gets out of the vehicle to move the obstruction, assailants come out of hiding to rob victims of their belongings and sometimes of their vehicle.

The U.S. Embassy recommends taking appropriate security precautions, particularly while shopping at local markets or malls, and upon arrival at Managua's International Airport and at bus stations. Keep your wallet or purse close to your body. Do not flash cash or carry large sums of money. Pay close attention to your surroundings when withdrawing money from ATM machines. Leave expensive jewelry at home. Avoid crime-prone areas such as Managua's Mercado Oriental. Park in well-lit and non-isolated areas and know the location of your vehicle. It is recommended that travelers keep doors locked and windows up when driving in Managua.

Violent taxi kidnappings, assaults and residential armed robberies are on the rise. U.S. citizens should exercise particular caution when approached by strangers offering assistance with finding a taxi cab. Several U.S. citizens have reported being victimized by fellow travelers who offered to assist them in locating and/or sharing a taxi. Upon entering the taxi, the U.S. citizens were held at knife-point, threatened with bodily injury and/or rape, robbed of their valuables and driven around to ATM machines to withdraw funds from their accounts. Several have been beaten, sexually assaulted, stabbed, and even murdered. After the assaults, the U.S. citizen victims were left abandoned and destitute in remote areas.

The U.S. Embassy recommends that U.S. citizens use only officially registered taxicabs. Radio-dispatched taxis are generally reliable and can normally be found at the International Airport and larger hotels.

La Purisima - December 7

Many Nicaraguans will celebrate "La Purisima - Griteria" on the evening of December 7. During this Catholic celebration, streets all over the country will be crowded starting at around 4:00 PM. In Managua, large concentrations of people are expected at "Plaza de La Revolucion," around the governmental offices and institutions and in many rotundas. Vehicle access might be restricted in several areas around the city due to the celebrations.

Please be advised that fireworks, and possibly firearms, will be discharged during the celebrations. The Nicaraguan National Police have authorized only Police Officers, Nicaraguan Army and Private Security Guards properly identified to carry their weapons on December 7 and December 8. Private individuals are not authorized to carry personal weapons of any kind (firearms, switchblades and knives) on those days. Despite this regulation, firearms may still be discharged.

The U.S. Embassy will be closed on December 8, 2011, for the Nicaraguan Purísima holiday. The Embassy will also be closed on December 26, 2011 in observance of Christmas Day and January 2, 2012 in observance of New Years Day.

In the event of a life or death emergency involving a U.S. citizen please call 8886-1495 or 8882-3140. For all other matters related to American citizen services, please send an email to ACS.Managua@state.gov.

We wish you a safe and happy holiday season.

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1. Re: should I be worried?

Seattle too has safety issues. Found the following---

"Watch out for flying fish at Pike Place market. You just might get a grouper to the side of the head. Worse yet, you might get assaulted like they did to me!"

LOL

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2. Re: should I be worried?

No, you shouldn't be worried. Most of the information given here could equally apply to any large city in any country of the world, including Seattle.

I was just in Managua and other parts of Nicaragua last month and, using my common sense, I did not feel threatened or uncomfortable anywhere.

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3. Re: should I be worried?

Worried?.......no

Cautious?.....yes

We have travelled throughout Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Cuba, Guatemala, crossed briefly into Honduras....all wonderful countries that come with 'warnings'. I love these countries and will continue to travel to Central and South America (Panama and Colombia are next).

Use the well known precautions, no jewelery, hide money, credit cards and especially passport in a moneybelt. Dress 'down'. Carry some extra money cards in a different place (sock, hatband, pinned in your underwear) when going into more metropolitan areas.

I work in Detroit and don't feel any safer there!

It is my opinion that if you live your life avoiding travel to wonderful places out of fear, you haven't really lived!

Edited: 13 December 2011, 16:42
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4. Re: should I be worried?

i was just there last month and things did seem a bit 'hightened' - i just heard about more stuff going down then i normally do down there. i was in sjds the last week of nov; i had met a girl that got robbed the night before at knife point walking home from the bar with her boyfriend; then two days later heard the entire turtle tour from Casa Oro got robbed by masked guys with guns (the girl i was with was on that tour the night before). the next day i took a taxi to playa Hermosa to go surfing and had to have a guard armed with a loaded shotgun to escort me in; at the cost of $3. they said in the last couple weeks they had a bunch of robberies on that road as well, hence the guard escorts now. i spent a lot more time up north this trip and felt super safe up there. it seems to be in the typical tourist areas, esp around sjds and rivas. maybe the police there can start doing something about this instead of having road 'safety' checks as a way to get extra cash.

just be smart, that's all. you can get robbed all over the US as well. don't be flashy with your money, and realize that sometimes, sh!t does happen!

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5. Re: should I be worried?

Too funny

Tyler texas

Edited: 13 December 2011, 19:54
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6. Re: should I be worried?

We are aware there is crime in every country and we are pretty street savvy

My two main concerns are

Getting Into Managua airport late at night and waiting for hotel shuttle with all our stuff. We plan to have duffle bags instead of giant suitcase

Also we are not bringing wedding rings. Should we purchase cheap wedding bands? Or does it make a difference?

Also carry passport or copy?

Thanks

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7. Re: should I be worried?

you're fine at the managua airport waiting with your stuff at night. no one would rob you there. there's security and whatnot in the terminal and just outside.

as far as rings it wont make a difference. bring both a passport and a copy incase one goes missing.

it's really not near as bad as the travel alert makes it out to be. not even close. i met many girls in their early 20's travelling by themselves and never had a single problem .

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8. Re: should I be worried?

Thanks

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9. Re: should I be worried?

Not my experience, at all - nor that of many other travellers/tourists I met on my travels in Nicaragua. Ex-pats living in this country would mostly agree with me.

Bad things happen anywhere. Would anybody not travel to the U.S> because the murder rate is many times that of any European country?

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