From the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office

Crime rates in many parts of Cape Verde are low, but there’s been a significant increase in crime in Praia and Mindelo recently, as well as an increase in burglaries and violent muggings on the main tourist islands of Sal and Boa Vista.

Sexual assaults have also been reported and you should remain alert at all times. Take precautions when walking along beaches, including praia de Estoril, praia de Chaves and Santa Monica. Leave valuables in a hotel safe if possible and avoid carrying large amounts of cash. Be vigilant and avoid unlit areas after dark.

Some petty crimes like pick-pocketing or purse snatching are carried out by children. Avoid groups of children who appear not to have any adult supervision.

If you become a victim of crime, contact the local police. In an emergency call 132 (police) or 131 (fire). Response times vary and service standards may not be as high as in the UK.

from Travel Advice Summary, which can be found at: http://ift.tt/14Z5uPK

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