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City Safety & Police

Be careful in Lima

Parade in Lima Plaza de Armas

The most common crime in Peru is pickpocketing. Crowds at parades, festivals and markets are common targets. Always keep your valuables hidden or locked in your hotel room. Carry a minimum amount of cash on you and be very careful with your cell phone.

Lima has a reputation for high crime but some neighborhoods are safer than others. Be aware that the neighborhood around Lima’s international airport in Callao is considered the least safe in the whole city.

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Peru has national police, tourism police and each city also has its own police force. Outside of the center of town in Lima and Cusco, it is very rare to find a police officer who speaks English. Still, all reports I have heard are that they all try to be helpful for foreign tourists.

Women’s Emergency Center

For any crimes against women, call 100, though they are unlikely to speak English. This will connect you to the CEM (Centro de Emergencia de la Mujer). While they are more set up for domestic abuse, they can still help connect you with whatever resources are needed depending on the situation.

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You can also call the national police at 105.

Health & Safety

Text © Heather Jasper

Images by Heather Jasper, Wikimedia commons