There is a very high rate of crime in Pakistan, particularly as regards serious violent crime including armed robbery, robbery, carjacking, kidnappings, home invasion and murder are all common in major urban areas.
Petty street crime is also rife, and travellers are advised to be aware that the risk is high and to take whatever personal security measures are possible. Be extremely careful with high value easily portable items such as passports, bankcards, bags, jewellery, laptops, mobile phones, iPads and anything else you can think of. There is a large black market for all of these items and especially for passports whether forged or stolen. Credit card fraud is very common, so if the unfortunate occurs and you do lose your credit card, cancel it immediately.
Foreign travellers have been targeted as they are perceived as being wealthier than the local populace, and it is advised that travellers take extra care at the airport itself. It is advised to avoid all forms of public transportation including taxis, and if possible to arrange for the people you are staying with to pick you up from the airport.
Communal and ethnic violence is a real and present risk in many districts in Karachi, with Lyari and Orangi being of particular notice.
The risk of banditry and kidnapping in the Interior Sind is higher than the rest of Pakistan, where it's already fairly high to begin with. All be essential travel is advised against north of the Nawabshah, and there have also been reports of increased general criminal activity in the Hyderabad region.
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