San Salavdor still has one of the highest crime rates in Latin America with a soaring murder rate of 104 murders per 100,000 inhabitants. Various sources have reported of up to 24 murders per day. Although much of the violence stems from gang violence, street crime still remains a high risk. According to the U.S. State Department, 38 U.S. citizens have been killed in El Salvador since 2010 and 449 have reported stolen passports.
Risks faced by international travelers include extortion, mugging, highway assault, home invasion, and car theft” as typical threats to security. Express kidnappings by armed motorcyclists can occur day or night and victims are generally selected on the basis of perceived wealth. Shootouts aren't uncommon on the streets, many Salvadorians carry firearms and arguments have a tendency to become violent quickly.
Criminals have been known to follow tourists from the airport to secluded stretches of road or even all the way to their accommodation.
Please contact us to speak with an ExecSecure Consultant for local, best practice methodology, and advice regarding what vehicles, security and set-up to consider. The threat situation changes constantly and personal risk tolerances and situations change between clients.