Known as one of the Caribbean's safest islands, crime in Aruba is rare. It is always wise, however, to be careful and use common sense. Pickpockets and purse-snatchers do still exist, and you still should never leave valuables unattended.
On rare occasions, armed robbery and car theft have occurred. Vehicle leases or rental contracts may not be fully covered by local insurance when a vehicle is stolen or damaged, so make sure you are sufficiently covered when renting cars and jet skis. Keep emergency contacts handy in your rental vehicles. Report crime to the police by dialing 11100. For the fire department, call 115.
It should be noted that the disappearance of Natalee Holloway, an Alabama teenager who disappeared during a class trip to Aruba, is extremely unusual. Crime against tourists is almost nonexistant on this beautiful island, and travelers can vacation here without fear. However, it is always wise to take the precautions one would take in any major city, such as avoiding getting into cars with strangers, overtly displaying wealth, and entering bad areas of the city at night.
U.S. citizens may refer to the Department of State's pamphlet, "A Safe Trip Abroad," for tips to ensure a crime-free journey. The pamphlet is available by mail from the Superintendent of Documents, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington , D.C. 20402, via the Internet at http://www.gpoaccess.gov/, or through the Bureau of Consular Affairs' home page at http://travel.state.gov.
When visiting any place on vacation travelers should be careful, and Aruba is no exception. Still, this peaceful island has many visitors who return yearly without incident.
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