Safety And Security
If you become a victim of crime:
Report the crime to the OIJ police* and to the Consular section of the U.S. Embassy at 2519-2000 (from the U.S.: 011-506-2519-2000), or by email to: firstname.lastname@example.org. The loss or theft abroad of a U.S. passport should be reported immediately to the U.S. Embassy. This allows the Embassy to make the necessary notifications that may help catch criminals, including terrorists, who try to buy or use the passport.
*In Costa Rica, there are several kinds of police. Those in uniform are La Fuerza Pública. Their role is crime prevention. OIJ, plain clothes police, are in charge of investigations. We recommend that you file a police report with the OIJ police, as they are the only agency that can take reports and investigate crimes.
Please review the following pages for more information:
Crime and Safety Statistics
U.S. Citizens (2012)
- Homicides: 6
- Sexual Assaults: 9
- Drownings: 4
- Lost/Stolen Passport Replacements: 693
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