Crime in Panama

Routine Street Crime and Violence

Much of the evening news consists of routine, everyday street crime and violence. Unfortunately “if it bleeds it leads” so the casual observer tends to get a somewhat exaggerated view of the overall public safety and security situation. Although the English speaking expatriate community is rarely effected it’s important to remind people who only read the “Panama is Paradise” websites that routine crime and violence occurs. Panama is relatively safe, probably much safer that most major cities in the United States, but there are certainly specific areas best avoided. Recently several high profile conflicts between youth gangs have spilled over into surrounding communities, prompting a government reaction and crackdown. Articles in this category are related to the routine “low level” street crime occuring in the country.

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