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It's incredible how many are lining the streets here to get a glimpse of the Pope.

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It seems that every year during the Festival de Flores there is an increase in armed robberies. If you are here or coming here be cautious and watch your surroundings.

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Most asked question to me is; Is Medellin safe?

I have been asked several times about the overall safety of traveling to Medellin.  What i hear is the following question. “I'd like to visit a friend in Medellin but is Medellin safe and how safe is it? Would you recommend visiting?”

Conducting private investigations here for some time I can tell you that, Medellin is much safer these days than it used to be. During the Escobar era it was dangerous, now it is opening up more and more to tourism. The United States classifies Colombia as having "some risk" similar to France and the UK, so caution should be exercised and there are some areas to avoid. For more information, you can read up on Colombia's classification at

Generally: Is Medellin Safe and how safe is it?
Expats traveling to or living in Colombia should have a comprehensive travel insurance policy in place that includes provision for medical evacuation by air. We recommend you contact your insurance provider to ensure you have appropriate cover for Colombia.

Local travel
Illegally armed groups involved in drug production are active throughout Colombia and present a significant risk to safety. Armed groups have been linked to kidnapping, terrorism, and violent crime. In some parts of the country, the authority of the Colombian state is limited and travel can be dangerous. The risk is highest in remote and rural areas and in any area where drugs are cultivated.

We recommend avoiding travel outside the main routes and to remote areas. Main routes are generally safe during daylight hours although we advise against traveling them at night. We recommend flying between major cities and minimizing the use of vehicles for trips through rural areas. In addition, we recommend you seek up-to-date advice from the local authorities before you travel to remote areas and monitor local media as the security situation may change quickly.

Travelers are also advised to avoid crossing the borders into and out of Colombia by land. Political tensions between Colombia and its neighbors and the presence of drug traffickers means the border areas are subject to armed security activity and may be closed at short notice.

Unexploded landmines and ordnance present a danger in Colombia. We recommend you remain on well-used roads and paths as mined areas are often unmarked.

So, Just how safe is it?

Despite significant reductions in recent years, there is still an ongoing risk of kidnapping throughout Colombia. Foreigners may be specifically targeted. If you decide to travel to areas of high risk, we strongly advise seeking professional security advice.

Express kidnappings also occur in Colombia, where individuals are forced to withdraw funds from automatic teller machines (ATMs) to secure their release. To reduce the risk of this occurring we recommend you use ATMs which are located within bank branches and during daylight hours only. Many cases involve victims that have been picked up by taxis hailed from the street - we recommend you use pre-booked taxis.

Violent Crime
Crime rates are high in Colombia. Violent crime remains prevalent and petty and street crime is a problem in urban and tourist areas.

We advise against traveling alone or at night and recommend you avoid wearing or displaying valuables, such as jewelry and mobile devices. No resistance should be given if you are the victim of an armed robbery, mugging or carjacking as this could lead to an escalation in violence. Victims have been killed and injured while resisting perpetrators.

There have been reports of criminals in Colombia using drugs to temporarily incapacitate victims and commit robberies or assaults. These may be administered through food, drinks, cigarettes, aerosols, and even paper flyers. Victims become disoriented quickly and are vulnerable to crime, including robbery and assault. Do not leave food or drink unattended or accept any food or drink from strangers or recent acquaintances. If you suspect you have been affected by such drugs, seek immediate medical attention.

Although the situation has improved in recent years, there remains an ongoing threat from terrorism throughout Colombia. This threat extends to major cities and public places, where there have been many explosions in recent years, including in Bogotá. On 19 February 2017, a bomb explosion near a bullfighting ring in Bogotá injured at least 30 people.

New Zealanders in Colombia are advised to be particularly cautious around government buildings, military establishments, transport infrastructure such as airports and public transport, commercial facilities and entertainment centers, all of which are potential targets for terrorist attacks. We recommend being security conscious always and following the advice of local authorities.

Civil Unrest
Protests, demonstrations, and strikes occur occasionally in Colombia. Localized civil unrest can often be accompanied by roadblocks and disruption to transport networks. New Zealanders are advised to avoid all rallies, protests, and demonstrations, as even those intended to be peaceful have the potential to turn violent. You should monitor local media for any upcoming demonstrations and follow the advice of local authorities.

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We have been providing investigative services in Medellin, Cartegena, Bogota, and Cali for several years. Visit us at www.privateinvestigatormedellin or call us at 321-218-9209 and your call will be forwarded to our offices in Colombia.

We are an American owned and operated private investigator, located in Colombia. We provide professional and reliable investigative services for Medellin and surrounding area.

When it comes to surveillance expectations versus reality it is usually in the eye of the beholder as to the degree of success a private investigator will enjoy.

Surveillance is not a science it is an art. By and large, the success of a surveillance depends on the observer and perhaps even greater by the environment surrounding the surveillance. Many who call to have a surveillance conducted have never done so before.With that comes a variety of questions and assumptions about the surveillance process.

It has been my experience that the decision to watch someone comes quickly. Usually when something happens in a relationship that triggers a suspicion or furthers a previous suspicion. Professionals know that last minute surveillances are a challenge as there is little or no time to plan and prepare. The best surveillances are those that are planned well in advance and allow the investigator to take tactical advantage of the circumstances that the case presents. This is particularly true in Costa Rica as the distance the team must travel in order to arrive at the surveillance destination is sometimes between four to six hours.

For example, many of the resorts in Costa Rica, Colombia and Ecuador have a gated and guarded entrance. Accessing these as a non-guest is very difficult. If the target of a surveillance has given information about the location they will be staying sufficiently in advance of arrival, it allows the investigator and his team to make reservations at the same location and allows for surveillance that will be very successful. It also permits for the surveillance team to access the resort at will thus making the chances of success much greater.

A professional will have a team and it is necessary to get them organized and placed strategically to assist in the surveillance. So-called investigators that try and do this alone are doomed to failure. Today people are keenly aware of what is going on around them and if they see the same face too often they will be alerted to the possibility of them being watched.

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In case you are looking for investigative services in Costa Rica, be forewarned that there is a person advertising and promoting themselves as being in Costa Rica when in fact they are in a neighboring country. FYI country code 505 is Nicaragua and 507 is for Panama. THE COUNTRY CODE FOR COSTA RICA IS 506.
Dealing with someone who holds themselves out to be in Costa Rica when in fact they are somewhere else, speaks volumes as to the integrity and character of such a person. Unfortunately, with no governmental oversight or regulations many unethical and fraudulent people solicit business from the unsuspecting and uninformed people who happen to click on their site in search for investigative services.
Some of these people were deported from Costa Rica and cannot re-enter the country. Before you pull the trigger on retaining a private investigator for Costa Rica, do some checking and you will discover the facts. Don’t be victimized by unethical and untruthful people holding themselves out as being here in Costa Rica, when they are somewhere else.
If you need to know who is actually here and who is not, call our toll free number, 321-218-9209 and we will tell you who is actually here.

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