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Paul

Okay, some people say Colon is unsafe. Other people say Fuente is unsafe. For me, I would walk anywhere in the city, day or night. Anyone who has known me for years, knows that I have had one incident where a guy (and his sidekick) pulled a gun on me and JJ (my former wife) late one night. That incident happened in Camputhaw, Cebu City. That is a few blocks from the intersection of Gorordo and Escario. To give you an idea where this intersection is, Golden Peak Hotel is on the southeast corner of Gorordo and Escario.

 

Now, what is the safest, or most dangerous place in the city for you?

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There are a few places that are not really good to go into at night, but the most dangerous has to be the shabu district. This area is spread across two barangays, Ermita and Pasil and includes the Carbon Market area, I don't care who you are or how tough you are, don't go into these areas at night.

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I think your safety is on how long you have been here, how well you understand what is good to say and what is not to a male local. And if your wife or GF is doing most of the talking for you ... In manila one day I was bum rushed by about 15 small children and some were pulling on my pants and trying to get into my wallet... now it was the daytime and I could of tried to push away firmly the children but that could of resulted in many angry locals a foreigner pushing a 6 year old but lucky for me my wife stormed in and she scolded the kids and the locals seem to respect a mother doing the pinching and did not interfere .. And they did not get my wallet. If you are a tourist and have no escort things can go from bad to worst in a heart beat, so for me if alone and new,, stay closer to the well know areas till you get your cebu feet and venture out at night only if taking a taxi or having an escort.

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DeezNuz

Cebu is much safer than Los Angeles and Atlanta. That's for sure.

 

As with most any city, don't venture out in unfamiliar areas at night. If you must explore at night, stay close to the areas that have the brightest lights and the most people.

 

Day time is pretty safe, even in the "bad" areas. More people are around and less likely you would have something happen to you. In the day, it's the banks, pawn shops, retail outlests at the greatest risk. Seems like now-a-days they're getting robbed more often and a few security guards and bystanders getting hit by stray gunfire.

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bikerdave

Seems very possible that Cebu is even a safer place than smaller towns like Dumaguete. I have gone everywhere in Cebu day and night without any problems except 1 incident with a taxi driver outside the Arena,I stood my ground and all went well

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I have only been to Luzon Area, so... I am not used to places at Cebu

 

but from what I hear, Uptown is safe and Downdown is not great

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Bob Ward
In the day, it's the banks, pawn shops, retail outlests at the greatest risk. Seems like now-a-days they're getting robbed more often and a few security guards and bystanders getting hit by stray gunfire.

 

This makes it sound like it's commonplace here. To my knowledge, that is not the case.

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Area around the Century Hotel, Corner Colon and Pelaez Str. Cebu City. Bad area at day and night. Crowded, beggars, snatchers, sick and stinky people, at night shabu users, hookers and all the crime which comes along with it.

 

Don't confuse with Century Plaza which is in a much better area.

 

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wildman01

well i have visited several islands in the Philippines from top to bottom, the only problem i had was in manila.

we were in the mall of Asia, and some guys walked by and give us some dirty looks like they were going to do something.

 

 

 

I was surprised when i was in lugait, i road in jeepneys walked all over the place by my self, had no trouble

considering it is about 30 min. from iligan. :D

 

 

I think cebu is safe, but the more popular it get for foreigners the more we are targets :D

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DeezNuz
This makes it sound like it's commonplace here. To my knowledge, that is not the case.

 

Last week an LBC branch was robbed. A few days after an MLuillher shop was taken just a few blocks down the street.

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Last week an LBC branch was robbed. A few days after an MLuillher shop was taken just a few blocks down the street.

 

I was speaking more to the stray bullets issue. Yes the pawn shops and money transfer places are targets here just like convenience stores are a prime target in the US.

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thebob

I think that rather than a particular location, you need to keep aware of your surroundings at all times.

 

Some people just look like targets. I think it is down to "street sense" and good attitude.

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Okay, some people say Colon is unsafe. Other people say Fuente is unsafe. For me, I would walk anywhere in the city, day or night. Anyone who has known me for years, knows that I have had one incident where a guy (and his sidekick) pulled a gun on me and JJ (my former wife) late one night. That incident happened in Camputhaw, Cebu City. That is a few blocks from the intersection of Gorordo and Escario. To give you an idea where this intersection is, Golden Peak Hotel is on the southeast corner of Gorordo and Escario.

 

Now, what is the safest, or most dangerous place in the city for you?

Arrived in Cebu one evening, Checked into the Mercedes Hotel, enjoyed a good meal , a good floorshow and too many rum drinks. At about 11PM decided to walk off the drinks, so I turned right on (Jones-Osmena) and walked a few blocks when I noticed 2 guys had fallen in behind me. I figured if I turned right 3 times ,I could not get lost and I could also determine if these guys were indeed folowing me. I could and they were. Every turn, the streets got narrower and darker. Shit.....gotta face the music. I turned around and walked toward those guys who were surprised to say the least. I told them I was looking for someplace to drink some serious beer and would they take me to a place where we could do that.....on me of course. Long story short.....through a San Mig fog I remember saying that I thought at first my 2 new friends were out to rob me. One replied,"yes we would rob you, but I tell my cousin, He's a nice guy, we rob him tomorrow." Be careful alone late at night. This could have gone very bad because not every holdup guy has a sense of humor. :shocked:

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This is a link to an attempted robbery that happened to me and my ex-wife, back in 2005: To those who tried to rob my wife and I...

 

Here is the follow up thread to that incident: Fear? Nope.

 

Just to make it clear, I feel exactly the same way today. If someone tries to rob me, someone is not going to be happy. I hope they are prepared to die for what they wish to take from me. I damned sure will die to protect it.

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I've walked the streets of many countries including Nigeria, the Congo, Iran, Lebonan etc and simply go out in shorts, t-shirt, no watch, no wallet and just as much money as I could afford to lose.

I've wandered the streets of Pasil at night several times, mainly to visit the Don Bosco Youth and Training Centre and have felt safe at all times. OK I'm young and not as easy target as the majority of retired ex pats here, but if your sensible it's fine.

 

However, the unexpected can catch you out and I was slightly nervous when I had to change a wheel near the White Gold House chinese restaurant at 11pm the other night.

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