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(SOURCE: U.S. Department of State
Bureau of Consular Affairs)

CRIME: Crime in Morocco is a serious concern, particularly in the major cities and tourist areas. Aggressive panhandling, pick pocketing, purse snatching, theft from vehicles and harassment of women are the most frequently reported crimes. These are more likely to occur in crowded market areas, transportation centers, parks and beaches. Additionally, criminals have used weapons, primarily knives, during some street robberies and burglaries. These have occurred day and night in isolated places or areas less frequented by visitors. It is always best to have a travel companion and utilize taxis from point to point, particularly at night and when moving about unfamiliar areas. Residential break-ins also occur and have on occasion turned violent, but most criminals look for opportunities based on stealth rather than confrontation.

Women walking alone in certain areas of cities and rural areas are particularly vulnerable to harassment from men. Women are advised to travel with a companion or in a group when possible and to ignore any harassment. Responding to verbal harassment can escalate the situation. The best course of action is generally not to respond or make eye contact with the harasser.

Joggers should be mindful of traffic and remain in more heavily populated areas. It is always best to have a jogging companion and avoid isolated areas or jogging at night.

Taxis in Morocco are generally crime-free, though city buses are not considered safe. Trains are generally safe, but theft, regardless of the time of day, sometimes occurs. Avoid carrying large sums of cash and be particularly alert when using ATM machines. In the event you are victimized by crime or an attempted crime, or experience any security-related incident during your stay in Morocco, please report the incident to the local police and the U.S. Consulate General in Casablanca as soon as possible.

Website: http://travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/cis/cis_975.html

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  • Updated Nov 30, 2006
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