Are there personal security concerns to be aware of at this post? Please describe.
It's not too bad. There is petty theft, but I don't think this place is worse than any city in the US. It's probably safer, since there are cops all over the place at least where we live and congregate. - Feb 2020
Yes, typical need to be aware of your surroundings and not go where you are supposed to. Never hang your purse on the chair while out, etc. There is petty theft. Also, need to be aware of not getting into a taxi if anyone other than the driver is in there already. Not letting strangers touch you. Never pull out large amounts of money in public, etc. - Aug 2019
In Cartagena, as long as you stay in the old city or the wealthier neighborhoods, there are few concerns. Because it's a tourist town, there are pickpockets, especially around the holiday time. Colombia in general has areas that are still not safe, and driving between most cities is prohibited for USG employees. Check with the State Department for the current situation. It seems like the Colombian government is making progress all the time. - Mar 2012