Decoy Cellphones and Armored Cars: How Venezuelans Avoid Being Robbed

Armed robbers knock on windows of cars stuck in traffic and say, “Give me everything.” Men snatch cellphones and jewelry from passing pedestrians. Kidnappers follow people home in their cars at night, and demand ransoms from their families.

Making it safely through the day in Venezeula’s capital, Caracas, one of the world’s most dangerous cities, requires a careful mix of planning and precaution. As the Venezuelan economy has crumbled, rising crime has created what one local group called a “feeling of permanent and silent fear.” Here’s how four middle-class residents told us they try to stay safe.

  • Drunk by Noon ✓

    Socialism seems to bring either a social decline or an outright implosion of values wherever it goes.
    That’s what happens when food is so scarce that the stray animals get eaten, and then the middle class gets in-turn eaten when their are no more dogs and cats.
    This is what happens when you create a massive, unemployable underclass and then promise them goodies out of the social coffer in exchange for their political loyalty.
    An empty stomach is a politically reliable stomach.

    • mobuyus

      Hunger is the best sauce.

  • DavidinNorthBurnaby

    Mr Sanders, mr. Bernie Sanders, please pick up the white courtesy phone. Mr. Bernie Sanders, please pick up the white courtesy phone …

  • Dana Garcia

    It sounds like Venezuelans are ready for some muslim immigration.

    • John Boy

      They won’t go. There is no free housing, free food and free welfare money waiting for them.