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Wednesday, September 18 2019 @ 03:21 am EDT

Security Update – Incidents involving foreigners in Panama City

Safety & SecurityFrom: U.S. Embassy Warden System - Security Update – Incidents involving foreigners in Panama City. This warden message is to inform American citizens resident in and traveling to Panama of two recent security related incidents in Panama City. Local police and other diplomatic missions inform the Embassy that both incidents were violent attacks on foreigners in Panama. In one incident, a female British national was sexually assaulted after hailing a cab from Albrook Mall at 12:30 PM on July 9, 2006. Although taxis in Panama are generally safe, please use caution when hailing a cab. Negotiate fares prior to entering. Advise the cab driver not to pick up other fares while you are in the cab. Be aware of your surroundings. Note the name of the cab company, when possible. If you feel the cab is taking you somewhere other than your destination, exit the cab when safe to do so, and head to the nearest public place (i.e. police station, mall, shopping center, or fire station). The other incident involved an American family living in Altos de Golf. Two armed individuals broke into the house and physically assaulted two members of the family at 12:30 AM on June 30, 2006. The local police suspect that the individuals had worked for the residents in the past. (more) American citizens resident in Panama should discuss and review home security with your family. Lock all doors, windows, gates, and automobile doors at your residence. Periodically check your alarm system. Ensure that domestic help and children know not to allow anyone in the residence without prior consent from an adult member of the household. Have important numbers, such as the local police and fire departments, readily available or memorized.

For the latest security information, Americans traveling abroad should regularly monitor the Department's Internet web site at http://travel.state.gov/ where the current Worldwide Caution Public Announcement, Travel Warnings and Public Announcements can be found. Up to date information on security can also be obtained by calling 1-888-407-4747 toll free in the United States, or, for callers outside the United States and Canada, a regular toll line at 1-202-501-4444. These numbers are available from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays). American citizens traveling or residing overseas are encouraged to register with the appropriate U.S. Embassy or Consulate on the State Department's travel registration website at https://travelregistration.state.gov/

For updated information on the security situation in Panama, please contact the American Citizens Services Unit of the U.S. Embassy at 207-7030. The Consular Section of the U.S. Embassy is located in The Clayton Building (formerly Fort Clayton Building 520) in the Clayton section of Panama. The Consular Section fax is 207-7278. The Embassy web site is http://usembassy.state.gov/panama and e-mails should be addressed to Panama-ACS@state.gov.
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