New Travel Alert Over Safety in El Salvador

The State Department of the United States has renewed its travel alert warning that the levels of violence and crime are critically high.  

Monday, November 24, 2014

From a statement issued by the State Department of the United States:

The Department of State continues to warn U.S. citizens that crime and violence levels in El Salvador remain critically high. This Travel Warning supersedes the Travel Warning dated April 25, 2014, and includes updated information on crime and security in El Salvador.

Typical crimes in El Salvador include extortion, mugging, highway assault, home invasion, and car theft. xtortion is a particularly serious and very common crime in El Salvador. Some extortion attempts are no more than random cold calls that originate from imprisoned gang members using cellular telephones, and the subsequent threats against the victim are made through social engineering and/or through information obtained about the victim’s family. U.S. citizens who are visiting El Salvador for extended periods are at higher risk for extortion demands. Many extortions and other crimes are not reported by victims for fear of reprisal and lack of faith in the ability of the government to protect the victims.



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