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barteli100
9/2/2018 11:59 EST

I just want to inform myself about delinquency in Lima I am not talking about petty crimes which is normal in any big city nowadays but violent delinquency like kidnapping or holdups If anyone living permanently in Lima could provide me with reliable information on this subject it would be great Moreover are there certain areas in Lima you should not go to even in the daylight to avoid such risks ? I am not talking about slum areas I heard that the port area in Callao has a quite dubious reputation as far as violent crime is concerned Thanks in advance for any useful information on these topics I am not a US citizen but Swiss and do not look like a typical American

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CoogKelly
9/2/2018 22:01 EST

I too would like some impartial and knowledgeable input from locals....
Im old. Im fit. Im a risk-taker by nature, for 6 decades!
I have daytime wandered around Mira Flores, and the market and an internet cafe in Villa el Salvador... chaperoned by local friends and alone. The rental cops at the market had the cop whistles following me around so I departed. I should have made an effort to communicate with one or 2 of them I believe, to alay their suspicions. Just sayin'.
After I return to Lima, I plan to visit the various universities in Lince/Molina and Mira F.
Maybe find a cheap but spacious residence in Lince/Victoria.
I believe in open communication with the locals, smiles, offers of small favours,
staying close to home after dark,
always being aware of your back,
becoming aware of the usual locations of street police.... Military mercenary personnel slaves make themselves obvious on the gringo streets. Embassy guards are usually discrete. Put police phone numbers on your dumbphone contacts list...
UAss occupation forces are very out of site in PE (there are thousands), EC and Canada as well.
UAss occupation of the entire world is their BIG little secret.
I fear UAss mercenaries far more than peaceful residents! They have an agenda and standing orders.
I question and research EVERYTHING!
I trust Uber and independent Cabbies.

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wvceltic
9/3/2018 10:22 EST

I have red hair and blue eyes. No way I can blend in here. That said, carrying a positive and friendly attitude is the biggest asset. There are also common sense things to help.

Areas I have found to be relatively safe:

Mira Flores
San Isidro
Magdalena del Mar
San Miguel
San Felipe
Jesus Maria
Lince
Pueblo Libre
La Molina

I am sure there are others.

Barranco is a popular spot because of all the clubs, but I would be sure to call a secure taxi when I am ready to go home and I would be extremely careful with alcohol intake.

Callao is a nice place to visit during daylight hours. I would not travel there at night. The castle Real Philip is very interesting to tour.

I live in Magdalena and have live in Jesus Maria. Both are extremely safe places with everything within walking distance. I walk my son to school. I can get to 4 grocery stores in 5 mins on foot. I have a new gym 5 mins away. There is a mall 5 mins away. Drug stores, restaurants a ton, barber shops, shoe repair, dentist, clinics, everything you need. There are even a few live theatre places.

Most taxiis are ok most places, but if I find myself in a shady place, late, then I call a secure taxi. A little more expensive, but very safe and reliable.

One other thing, don't wear expensive jewelry.

I'm sure there are tons of other things I am forgetting, but just use some good common sense.

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cccmedia
9/21/2018 12:42 EST

Fearful Expats who are new to Lima may need to stick to Miraflores -- on well-lit streets at night -- and don't show any bling or electronics on the street.

Anything you could possibly need is probably available in Miraflores or San Isidro, the business sector.

Budget shopping is available in Chinatown aka Barrio Chino and central Lima .. but go with a friend .. and not after dark until you know the city better.

cccmedia in Peru

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cccmedia
9/23/2018 03:06 EST

I often carry my Apple MacPro 12-inch laptop with me .. going around Lima and other cities in South America.

After encountering greedy 'delincuentes' on several occasions in Ecuador, I altered my way of carrying a laptop around town.

Now I always carry it in something that looks like a gym bag, a plastic grocery bag or some bag not indicating there might be electronics inside.

I avoid carrying a laptop in a black or navy-blue bag or case.

I have had no problems 'al respecto' in the years since I stopped using cases that indicate a possible web-ready device might be inside it.

I was fortunate on the earlier occasions that the 'delincuentes' always accosted me when my bag or case did not contain a laptop.

....


One time at the big Parque la Carolina in Quito, Ecuador, two chatty guys drinking beer near a basketball court talked me up while I was shooting baskets.

One guy distracted me while his buddy, El Gordo, started to make off with my carrying bag. I didn't notice right away.

Fortunately, El Gordo was so drunk, fat and slow that once I noticed the theft, I caught up to him in 20 seconds running in my basketball sneakers. He surrendered the bag promptly by placing it on the ground and skedaddling away.

cccmedia

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AnaValencia
6/12/2019 21:19 EST

Hello,

Tip:
1: Good places to live: Miraflores, Surco, San Borja, La Molina, San Isidro, some áreas in Magdalena and San Miguel.
2. Even if you live in a nice neighborhood, be simple in how you dress if you are going be walking around.
3. Don’t use your cellphone while walking or in the bus.
4. Be aware of your surroundings.

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CharlesLehtinen
6/13/2019 00:06 EST

It is no worse than the USA

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CharlesLehtinen
6/13/2019 00:10 EST

Always carry a 6 brothers 357 , 9mm or 45 cal pistol. These are your six or nine brothers for protection. LOL.

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gorth
1/11/2020 14:07 EST

dude you have nothing to worry about. There are some bad spots in La Victoria I know of, otherwise... [oh the Swiss] just don't walk around with gold chains and a 3CCD camera (if you do, you earn the right to be robbed).

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Johndittemore
1/22/2020 14:17 EST

Been to Lima at least 50 times and never been robbed. If you wonder off into the unknown then good luck. You do not have mugging resulting in deaths in Lima. Just wear your grandma’s inherited jewels anywhere in the world and invite everyone to see.

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pistachio
1/22/2020 17:29 EST

.38 /9mm are the limit

.45 disallowed in all of Peru.

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