Tourist's Safety in Cambodia

This may surprise you, but serious cases of crime that happen to tourists in other countries do not happen as much in Cambodia.

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Table of Contents

Crimes in Cambodia that have not yet affected tourists. Click here

Crimes in Cambodia that have affected tourists. Click here

Table of crime statistics in Cambodia. Click here

How to remain safe as tourist in Cambodia. Click here

Special advice for safe travel in Cambodia. Click here

 

Cambodia is not exempted from crimes that can happen to tourists in other countries, but foreign nationals who have actually visited and have stayed in this country have found, perhaps to the surprise of most, that tourists and expatriates have less risk of experiencing serious criminal offenses here compared to many other tourist destinations in different parts of the world, even those located in more developed nations.

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Crimes that have not yet affected tourists in Cambodia

What threats to life and property, true in other countries, that have not yet affected tourists or expatriates in Cambodia, in the past 10 years?

1. No tourist or expatriate yet in Cambodia has been shot by someone who simply goes around with a gun shooting people at random, like what has been happening in the United States and has happened in Europe.

2. No tourist or expatriate yet in Cambodia has been killed or maimed in a terrorist's bombing or attack.

3. No tourist or expatriate yet in Cambodia has been held hostage by any political or religious extremist group.

4. No tourist or expatriate yet in Cambodia has been caught, killed or maimed in any violent social unrest, since the last year of the Khmer Rouge genocide in 1977.

5. No tourist or expatriate yet in Cambodia has been killed or injured in a natural calamity.

 

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Crimes in Cambodia that have affected tourists

What threats to life and property that have affected tourists or expatriates in Cambodia in the past 10 years?

 

1. Bag snatching. (Less than 1 case a day. Usually the victim is a Cambodian national.)

2. "Pickpocket" stealing. (Less that 1 case a day. Usually the victim is a Cambodian national.)

3. Petty theft, such as the stealing of contents of bags left unattended. (About 4 cases a day.  Usually the victim is a Cambodian national.)

4. Robbery, done by breaking in into rooms of apartments. (About 4 cases a day.  Usually the victim is a Cambodian national.)

5. Armed mugging by persons who will snatch a bag and flee on motorcycle, and may shoot if chased. (About 3 cases a day.  Usually the victim is a Cambodian national, but there were reports of foreign nationals who got shot in the legs.)

6. Rape cases among Cambodian women, which have included foreign nationals. (Less than 1 case a day.  Usually the victim is a Cambodian national.)

7. Murder cases, which in some reports included expatriates in Cambodia. (About 1 case a day.  Usually the victim is a Cambodian national.)

8. Road Vehicular Accident. The involvement of tourists in road vehicular accidents is rare, but every year reports of vehicular accidents always include some names of foreign nationals.

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Tables of crime statistics in Cambodia that have affected foreign nationals

Below are statistical data of crimes that have also affected tourists in Cambodia, researched by Broadhurst, Buhours and Keo, published in "Crime and Justice in Cambodia", 2013.

 

 

SELECTION OF CRIMES IN CAMBODIA BASED ON

CAMBODIA MINISTRY OF INTERIOR

Per 100,000 Population

Cambodia has Approx. 15 Million Population as of 2013

 

CRIME CATEGORY

AVERAGE NUMBER OF CASES

In Every 100,000 People

Victim's Nationality

PER

YEAR

PER MONTH

PER DAY

Cambodian

Foreign National

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bag Snatching or Pick-pocketing

125

10

0

Not Specified

Not Specified

 

 

 

 

 

 

Theft

1,475

123

4

Not Specified

Not Specified

 

 

 

 

 

 

Assault

1,078

90

3

Not Specified

Not Specified

 

 

 

 

 

 

Armed Robbery

945

79

3

Not Specified

Not Specified

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rape

277

23

0

Not Specified

Not Specified

 

 

 

 

 

 

Murder

433

36

1

Not Specified

Not Specified

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
 

 

SELECTION OF CRIMES IN CAMBODIA BASED ON

United Nations International Crime Victims Survey (UNICVS)

Per 100,000 Population

Cambodia has Approx. 15 Million Population as of 2013

 

CRIME CATEGORY

AVERAGE NUMBER OF CASES

In Every 100,000 People

Victim's Nationality

PER

YEAR

PER MONTH

PER DAY

Cambodian

Foreign National

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Theft

33,700

2,808

94

Not Specified

Not Specified

 

 

 

 

 

 

Assault

1,465

122

4

Not Specified

Not Specified

 

 

 

 

 

 

Robbery

1,831

152

5

Not Specified

Not Specified

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rape

92

7

0

Not Specified

Not Specified

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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How To Remain Safe While Visiting Places in Cambodia

The precautionary measures that are needed to be observed are not much different from the usual safety measures that are advised to tourists and even locals anywhere in the world. They are really nothing more than what common sense will dictate such as follows:

 

1. Avoid walking in dark streets and isolated places late at night.

2. Keep expensive gadgets, like camera, cellphone, computer, etc., close to your body or out of sight when not being used.

3. Avoid wearing attractive and expensive looking jewelries.

4. Do not leave your bags unattended.

5. If you are staying in a guest house or cottage without adequate security personnel or measures, be sure to lock your door and windows, when leaving the room and when sleeping.

6. Be polite to the locals. Avoid getting into violent arguments with anyone. The typical Cambodian is an unaggresive person, especially to foreign nationals, but there could be crooks who would stoke up an argument to create a distraction while a member of their group picks your pocket or run away with your expensive belongings.

7. Have an idea where you are going and the routes and directions that you will be taking. It is wise to have a map with you. (A small magnetic compass is also very useful to go along with a map.)

8. Avoid getting intoxicated with alcoholic drinks to the point of losing your ability to walk, to find your way or to lose consciousness.

9. Do not accept invitations from strangers to participate in a gambling session (or where prohibited drugs are used).

10. Be very cautious in accepting offers of sex. Cambodia has one of the highest cases of HIV infection. A sex-offer is also being used to lure tourists into a mugging situation or robbery.

11. Do not drive a motor vehicle in Cambodia, if you have just arrived or staying only for a few days. You need adequate time to observe, and get used, to the driving behaviors of drivers in Cambodia to gain the skill of steering your way safely, among them, in the streets. (To have an idea of the importance of this particular precaution, take note of this "joke" being said among the Cambodians themselves: They say that in Cambodia a traffic light is "just a suggestion".) Also, the traffic rule of keeping right on the road has not yet been fully internalized by drivers and this is habitually ignored without second thought, particularly in intersections.

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Special advice for safe travel in Cambodia

1. It is wise to time your arrival in Cambodia before dark, either at the Phnom Penh International Airport or Siem Reap International Airport, or in any border entry points. Arriving late in the evening increases the chances of being charged an exorbitant amount of fare in the local transportation, or having to walk in dark streets while heavily weighted down with luggages.

2. It is wise to already have the Cambodian e-visa in possession when crossing the border from Vietnam or Thailand. This prevents delay in the immigration entry processes. Those who do not have e-visa, and are entering Cambodia for the first time, can get a visa-on-arrival at the border. When entering from Vietnam by bus, the bus steward can facilitate the issuance of visa-on-arrival at the border. He gets your passport and asks only that you put US$35.00 on your passport. The cost of a tourist visa-on-arrival is actually only US$30.00. The extra US$5.00 is for his services that really saves you much trouble that, otherwise, can delay the bus travel if you will do the application for the visa yourself. (For detailed information about visa, click here: Visa for Cambodia)

3. Tourists crossing the border into Cambodia from Vietnam by bus should tell their bus driver and bus steward to be sure to wait for them if for some reason they are delayed in the immigration entry process. There were cases (very rare, but happened) of tourists that were left behind (possibly forgotten) by their bus while they were still waiting for their passports to be given back to them in the Cambodian immigration desk.

When you board a bus in Ho Chi Minh (Saigon), Vietnam, for the 6-hour trip to Phnom Penh, the bus steward gathers the passports of all passengers and facilitates the stamping of the exit date at the Vietnamese immigration desk at the border. The passengers only need to go down the bus and wait at the immigration office for their passports to be given back to them. A representative of the bus company calls out the name of the passport owner as the passports are given back. He routinely sees to it that the passport of every passenger in their bus has been claimed by its owner. He also sees to it that every passenger is accounted for and all are back on board the bus, so that he can tell the bus steward that the bus is now cleared to move on. It is possible, however, that a miscommunication between the bus company representative and the bus steward may cause a passenger, still in the immigration office, to be overlooked. (Click here for detailed information about Bus to Cambodia.)

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