Is Crime a Problem in Belize?

Like many countries in Central America – and all countries with histories of poverty – Belize sees its share of crime, ranging from gang violence (not typically directed at tourists) to common pick-pocketing.

Belize does not have as much a problem with “express kidnappings” as Ecuador or even Guatemala, but travelers should be wary of slowing cars and make sure to use only registered cabs. One of the most common crimes travelers experience in Belize are scams, such as phony tour companies soliciting on the street and then never picking up their clients. Another common scam involves people posed as government officials – and occasionally, the officials themselves – charging extra “exit” fees at the border of Guatemala.