This year seems to have gotten off to a bad start, with petty crime and robbery on the increase as the high season gets going.
For all international people: be alert, check your surroundings, keep your valuables close and your friends closer.
The hot spots for these petty criminals are the places that are frequented by international people.
Some good and bad news
The Japanese family that was murdered in December 2013 in Guayaquil while taking a taxi:
The police have apprehended gang members that they believe are the perpetrators of this terrible crime.
Minister Jose Serrano reported that after the
operation called “Sunrise”, we arrested, early
this morning, five suspected gang leaders of the
express kidnapping gang in Guayaquil.
Subsequent to the arrest of five gang
members, a cache of arms
and ammunition was
found during a search of their homes; also
found were stolen motorcycles and cars.
Last high season, we had a spait of robberies by people on
motorcycles, These were, for the most part, carried out on
the streets away from the Malecon, where the level
of policing is lower.
Today, on our way back from a meal, we came across such
an incident. We stopped the car and I went to get out. That
was enough for them; they scuttled away like gutter rats.
The people were unharmed, but the assailants got away.