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Safety Morocco

Crime: Morocco is not an unsafe place per se and tourists are only sporadically affected by crime. Most people are honest, however, the average income is now less than one tenth of that of people in Western Europe. For many, it is not easy to get by. Tourists regularly become the victims of pickpockets in the big cities. Besides, clever swindlers operate in the country. In general, you can be sure you have met a crook, when someone sits next to you on a pavement café and starts a conversation, and you happen to run into the same person again in another place, where he asks a small favour. It may be the person is trying to find out where you keep your money, to enable an accomplice to rob you soon after. Do not change a large note in someone’s presence, and have some small change ready to pay for your coffee, rather than pull out an ostentatious purse or wallet.

Do not leave valuables in hotel rooms; keep money, passport and other important papers in a flat money-belt close to your skin or ask reception to lock them away, so not to tempt pick-pockets.

Women travelling: Some Moroccan men view European women in a different way. The traditional image of a Moroccan woman is that of a covered person avoiding the looks of men in order not to rouse their desires. From this point of view, a woman does not belong on the street unless accompanied by a chaperon (this may be a child). Most women from Western Europe do not reflect this image, nor do a growing number of Moroccan women from the major cities in Morocco. Some guys may take a short skirt or eye contact to be an invitation to make overtures. Those who do not want to run the risk would be wiser to travel with a companion. In case someone makes unwanted advances, be sure to act in a very assertive and clear way, but without being offensive. Particularly in a busy place, chances are that those around you will support you.
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