South America is more dangerous than many parts of the world (especially Colombia and Brasil – we were already told that by many of our friends from these places before we travelled) but bad things can happen anywhere. Wrong place, wrong time, bad luck or being just plain stupid.
We have been robbed twice in S.A. We aren’t stupid, we follow advice, we use common sense and try to be careful and aware.
1st time Copacabana beach in Rio, we hid all our stuff, nothing on show and never left sight of our possessions but one of the vendors aka criminals on the beach dangled football shirts in our face long enough to snatch her little bag with passport in it.
Even doing all the right things you can still be a victim of crime.
Many people travel and luckily don’t have any incidents but just because it never happened to them doesn’t mean it is totally safe or things don’t happen, if you want to travel do it and be as careful and mindful as possible. Enjoy your journey!