As our readers know, we like to show people all sides of an issue and other opinions, not just what we think they want to hear; and we’re not posting this on the blog to keep anyone from coming to Ecuador; some of these issues may be hyped just to scare people from moving away from the U.S to another country, so keep this in mind as you read through parts of this crime report by the U.S Travel Website.
Update: 2015 - the US Travel website used to say more about women traveling alone but have shortened it to sexual assualts. Below is take from the US Travel website:
Sexual Assault: Incidents of sexual assault and rape have increased, including in well-traveled tourist areas. Criminals generally target women who are alone, and use alcohol or incapacitating drugs, such as rohypnol and scopolamine, on unsuspecting tourists to rob and/or sexually assault them. These so-called date-rape drugs disorient the victim and can cause prolonged unconsciousness and serious medical problems. To lower your risk, travel in groups, do not leave food or drinks unattended in public places, and never allow a stranger to give you a drink.
But anyone traveling alone, man or woman should stay vigilant and walk in pairs and groups just to be on the safe side, especially at night.
Update: 2015 - We have observed a different kind of people come out after 6PM, shortly before night fall. They dress different, they talk different, and they act different. That means be more aware of your surroundings after dark in South and Central American countries.
Be aware: Most of the violent crimes against foreigners happen at night. Most of the non violent happen during the day and night.
Update 2015 - In 2013 Cuenca Ecuador added 200 new police throughout the city of Cuenca and many new tourist police in the downtown area.