Terrorism & Insurgency

Security for foreign firms in Colombia's capital likely to continue improving, but extortion and robbery risks persist

30 April 2014

Key Points

  • Recent security deployments in Bogotá signal the current government's ongoing commitment to reducing violent crime and improving overall security risks in the Colombian capital.
  • Overall, security in Bogotá has drastically improved over the past 10 years, and homicides have reached their lowest level in three decades. However, extortion cases, particularly in poor districts in southern/western Bogotá, have increased since 2008 and remain a risk for small- and medium-sized businesses.
  • The main threats to expatriates and foreign visitors are robbery, or from very occasional terrorist attacks.


Security risks for foreign firms and expatriates in Colombia's capital Bogotá are declining thanks to a sustained reduction in murder and violent crime rates over the past decade.

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