5. Pull out your iphone on the subway and start speaking English.
Even if no one suspected it before, when you start speaking English…they know. They know you are a foreigner, and people inclined to rob will feel less guilty about robbing a tourist. If you pull out a fancy phone, well that just seals your fate.
4. Walk around with a camera around your neck.
One piece of advice to take seriously if you’re concerned about safety in Buenos Aires is to avoid looking like a tourist. Try to blend in by wearing appropriate street clothes, not tourist gear. If you choose to carry a camera, keep it zipped securely inside the largest pocket of your backpack until you want to use it. Carry your backpack on your front.
3. Get caught in the wrong barrio after dark.
It wouldn’t be a real city with out ‘the wrong side of the tracks’. There are many parts of Buenos Aires that are unsuitable for after dark wandering. Stay in well lit, populated areas. Avoid wandering alone though unfamiliar areas. When going far distances, it is always a good idea to take a taxi. When hailing a taxi in the street, your best bet is a marked taxi labeled ‘Radio Taxi’. Cab rides are inexpensive. If you are dining in a restaurant, feel free to ask the waiter to call a cab for you when you leave.
2. Stumble around drunk in any barrio after dark.
Although nightclubs stay open until 7 in the morning, it is not socially acceptable to stumble around in a belligerent oblivion. Acting in a way to draw attention will put one at risk for being robbed.
1. Flash your bling.
Buenos Aires is a fashionable city, where people dress up and you are sure to see some jewelry and expensive accessories. To protect yourself from thieves, opting for more modest or understated accessories is a safe bet. Leave your diamond rolex and oversized designer bag at home.
In the past six months in Buenos Aires I have been unharmed, and felt safe most of the time. I was confronted once, and had I been in an empty street, I surely would have been robbed. I take many more precautions to protect myself than ever before. Buenos Aires is an amazing city, but be extra careful.