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Are there personal security concerns to be aware of at this post? Please describe.

The presence of police is, well, omnipresent. There is a real reason for that. Nothing happened in the capital during my tour but I won't be surprised if I hear of an attack someday; Algeria has a tough regional neighborhood. - Sep 19, 2016
Algiers lost danger pay in 2015. While there are terrorists active in Algiers, the police presence is enormous in the capital. You will never be more than 500 feet from a cop on the corner or a police checkpoint. In the Embassy neighborhoods you are very safe. - Jun 9, 2016
In the city, no. You need a police escort to leave the city but how much of that is "security concerns," and how much is them wanting to keep an eye on you is an open question. There are problems with terrorists on the Libyan border and deep in the south, but both are over 1,000 miles away. - Mar 15, 2014
Yes, embassy people's cars had their windows broken and embassy houses have been burglarized. - Oct 25, 2013
In the wilaya of Algiers, security is good. Police are ubiquitous. - Dec 18, 2011
High. Two bombs had just gone off as we were leaving for Algiers. Security was fantastic, there were Gendames and police everywhere. - Sep 23, 2008
Some terroristic attack to strategic targets (last one at the UN building). - May 9, 2008
Tons. Security drives the quality of life here due to the credible, ongoing, significant threat from Al Qaida. - Mar 4, 2008
With the bombs on December 11 and the targeting of the U.N. building, the threat to foreigners has increased. Anyone who tells you it's safe is either uninformed or deceptive. You will have to be willing to accept the risk of uncertainty when it comes to security. - Mar 3, 2008
Yes, Al Qaida is active here and managed two spectacular attacks in Algiers in 2007. There are daily skirmishes/attacks in the countryside. - Feb 25, 2008