Recent police and media reports indicate a rise in reported crimes in the residential neighborhoods of Punta Carretas, Pocitos, and Carrasco. The majority of the incidents are property crimes; however some armed robberies and carjackings have been reported.
U.S. citizens are reminded to exercise caution:
- Do not keep valuables on car seats or in clear view.
- Avoid being boxed in in traffic by leaving space between your vehicle and vehicle in front of you.
- Be vigilant when entering or exiting your vehicle and residential gate.
- Pay particular attention to suspicious persons on motorcycles that may be loitering or circling the area.
- Report suspicious persons, vehicles, or activities your local police sectional.
- If confronted by an armed or unarmed robber, hand over your personal belongings without resisting.
For further information:
- See the State Department’s travel website for the Worldwide Caution, Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, 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) 1770-2311.
- 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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