Colombia safety: being informed is the best protection.
Colombians are peace-loving people. They are cautious and street wise, having grown up in a society where strangers cannot be trusted. Travelers, on the other hand, tend to be clumsier, or more care free, which alongside the fact that they carry more valuables, can make them targeted by thieves.
Despite what many people will have you think, travelers in Colombia are not targeted for kidnappings. Unless you are here working for a multinational corporation or the CIA, your chances of being kidnapped while on holiday in Colombia today are about the same as being attacked by a shark in Australia.
What is a real threat to travelers safety in Colombia are scams, pickpockets, armed robberies and more serious forms of theft including drugging. From Bogotá to Brussels the world has plenty of skilled, cunning thieves. Knowing their tricks keeps you a step ahead of them, allowing you to let go of your fear and open up your mind and heart to the stunning, loving and passionate country that is Colombia.
Here is a great start on your path to getting informed about safety in Colombia: