U.S. Embassy Montevideo, Uruguay
Message to U.S. Citizens: Security Alert
August 21, 2018
Location: Montevideo, Uruguay
Event: The U.S. Embassy in Montevideo advises U.S. citizens of recent crime incidents against foreign nationals that occurred on Friday, August 17, 2018, and Saturday, August 18, 2018, in the Montevideo neighborhoods of Pocitos and Malvín. In one incident, the victim was physically assaulted and robbed while exiting from a taxi. In a second incident, armed robbers stole valuables from the victims as they were exiting their vehicle.
Actions to Take:
- Maintain situational awareness and be aware of your surroundings.
- Do not display signs of wealth, such as wearing expensive jewelry or watches and keep the amount of valuables on your person to a minimum.
- Do not physically resist if confronted by an armed or unarmed robber as robbers may resort to violence.
- Use caution when walking or driving at night.
If you are a victim of a crime, the U.S. Embassy encourages you to report the incident to local authorities. U.S. citizens may also contact MontevideoACS@state.gov.
For further information:
- See the State Department’s travel website for safety and security information and Country Specific Information for Uruguay.
- Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive security messages and make it easier to locate you in an emergency.
- Contact the U.S. Embassy in Uruguay, located at Lauro Müller 1776, Montevideo, Uruguay, at (+598 2) 1770-2000. The after-hours emergency number for U.S. citizens is (+598 2) 1770-2000.
- Call 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or 1-202-501-4444 from other countries from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).
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