Crime And Police In Egypt

Crime is not a real concern for investors in Egypt. Here you will find a summary of the crime situation and learn about its relevance to your purchase in Egypt.

The existence of past terrorist attacks in tourist resorts cannot be overlooked when travelling to Egypt. However these threats can cause one to be over cautious and in reality popular opinion is that Egypt poses little more risk than a visit to any other Arab state. Egypt’s political situation today is described as stable and a completely democratic republic is expected in the near future, boding well for the country as a whole.

Day to day crime in Egypt is rare and violence is usually limited to isolated cases and family feuds. However, in tourist areas, some pickpockets and petty thieves may exist and there is a valuable and helpful tourist police service in many busy areas and they are usually close at hand.

Women must be cautious, especially in out-lying areas. In Egypt, a woman traveling alone is generally safe, but she will be noticed, though less in large cities than in the countryside. However, if problems do occur, you should seek help from the police or any shop nearby. Simple precautions such as not walking in deserted areas alone should be taken in Egypt, as in many other countries of the world.

Smart tips for your safety when travelling in Egypt:

  • Stay completely away from drugs and leave yours at home.
  • Organise comprehensive travel insurance and check what circumstances and activities are not covered by your policy
  • Dress conservatively
  • Do not wear expensive looking jewelry
  • Avoid the appearance of affluence
  • Travel light. You can move more quickly and will be more likely to have a free hand. You will also be less tired and less likely to set your luggage down, leaving it unattended.
  • Carry the minimum amount of valuables necessary for your trip and plan a place or places to conceal them.
  • Your passport, cash and credit cards are most secure when locked in a hotel safe.
  • When you have to carry them, try to hide them in several places rather than putting them all in one wallet or pouch.
  • Avoid handbags, bum bags and outside pockets that are easy targets for thieves.
  • Inside pockets and a sturdy shoulder bag with the strap worn across our chest are somewhat safer. One of the safest places to carry valuables is in a pouch or money belt worn under your clothing.
  • Leave nothing visible in a parked car.
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