renodante wrote:Live in a decent neighborhood, have basic street smarts and you'll be fine. I've been in quite dangerous areas and have never been messed with. Of course, I'm bigger than just about any Peruvian, and coming from New York I know how to recognize trouble, etc. A big thing is act confident if you end up in a shady place, don't look worried or lost, they smell that like sharks smell blood.
naphore wrote:Hi everybody.
I will move to Lima in a few months so I try to gather the maximum of information about this city.
I read many forums and even lonely planet and they all say that Lima is very dangerous (of course, it depends on which neighboor you live) and that you have to take care about taxi drivers who can steal you...
So I haven't come yet that I'm already afraid... Is it really dangereous ?
I don't look after violence or fights, on the contrary... But I'm quite parano so... Is Lima violent ? Does pickepocket steal you with violence ? Can police help you ?
Are there a lot of foreigners ?
Thanks for all your answers!
goingnowherefast wrote:What I was surprised with was the amount of big take downs currently happening in Peru. Arrived a few months back and I lost count of how many daylight bank robberies I've read about. Read about a casa de cambio getting robbed for 60K usd on Calle Schell in Miraflores last week, they rented the apartment above it and cut a hole in the wall on a Saturday night and snagged the safe. Probably make a pretty cool movie.
goingnowherefast wrote:Thanks chi chi, I'll start carrying around an extra glass bottle and make sure I practice screaming before I go outside.
goingnowherefast wrote:Well, let's just hope you know how to handle that bottle.
chi chi wrote:goingnowherefast wrote:When someone behave suspicous then I act very rude and agressive.
In January, I was walking with my gf in Barranco at night. My gf told me that two people where following us. We passed a pile of trash and I saw a bottle. I pick up the bottle, smashed it against the wall, ran into the direccion of the two rats and yelled that I was going to kill them. They ran away quickly.
If you come over as more dangerous than them, then they won't take a chance. Criminals prefer an easy prey.
When I had my business in Lima, I had always a bottle of acid behind the counter. Ready to throw in any robbers face.
Arrived a few months back and I lost count of how many daylight bank robberies I've read about.
renodante wrote:Arrived a few months back and I lost count of how many daylight bank robberies I've read about.
I wonder when it's going to dawn on them to install bullet proof glass and have the tellers/safe be inaccessible from the outside? They set up banks like buffets for criminals here.
falconagain wrote:My solution: allow everyone to carry guns.
chi chi wrote:falconagain wrote:My solution: allow everyone to carry guns.
Any even better solution: long prison sentences for anyone who's found in possesion of a gun or other weapon.