Violent crime against foreigners and expats is rare in Saigon, but petty theft can be a problem. Even shoes are at risk! In some parts of town it would be wise to leave your Christian Louboutins tucked away – expensive shoes left in front of the door have been known to disappear.

Apartment blocks are more secure than flats and houses thanks to security measures such as CCTV cameras, security guards and enclosed parking areas. Also, many of the villas in D2 and D7 employ 24-hour security. If you are looking for a place to live, take a look at the windows in the surrounding buildings. If you see bars on the windows, this could be an area that gets burgled frequently. Also, a hẻm with a dead end is better for security as there is only one avenue of escape for a would-be thief.

Burglaries are a problem throughout the city, but there has been a recent rash of them in districts 2 and 7. These districts are where the bulk of new construction is and as a result they have a higher migrant population than most. This is not to say that construction workers – who often camp where they work – are thieves, but it is important to take some precautions. Make sure all your windows and doors are safely locked before you go out and when you go to bed.

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