Ecoventura reports that cases of serious armed robbery are on the increase in Ecuador, and that muggings and pick pocketing have become more common recently.
As a result, on 30 September 2009, the Ecuadorian Government announced a 60 day ‘state of exception’ for the cities of Guayaquil, Quito and Manta in response to the current crime wave. This will enable Ecuadorian military forces to be used in conjunction with police units, with an increase in vehicle checkpoints.
Ecuadorian nationals and foreigners are advised to carry their identity documents with them at all times.
The US State department urges Americans living or traveling in Ecuador to register with the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate through the State Department’s travel registration web site so that they can obtain updated information on travel and security within Ecuador. Americans without Internet access may register directly with the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate. By registering, American citizens make it easier for the Embassy or Consulate to contact them in case of emergency.