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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Apia (Samoa), Increase in Criminal Activity

East Asia & Pacific > Samoa > Apia

According to local media there has been an increase in reported assaults or attempted robberies of members of the public in recent months on the seawall behind the Government Building at Eleele-Fou.

The majority of targeted victims are foreigners walking or jogging behind the Government building in the early morning or at night.  Victims have been alone or with a partner.  Thieves have targeted mobile phones, wallets, handbags etc. 

The area where the assaults have occurred is poorly lit and secluded due to surrounding trees and the distance from the main road, where there is more foot and vehicle traffic.

U.S. citizens residing in or visiting Samoa are advised to take extra precaution in this area.  We recommend avoiding the area in the early morning or after dark.  Citizens are encouraged to stay along the well-lit areas of the seawall where there is more frequent foot and vehicle traffic.  The public is advised to either leave valuables at home or out of sight, although this does not always serve as a deterrent to the aggressors.

Review your personal security plans; remain aware of your surroundings, including local events; and monitor local news stations for updates.  Maintain a high level of vigilance, take appropriate steps to enhance your personal security, and follow the instructions of local authorities.  Visit our website for what the Department of State can do to assist victims of crime.  For further information about security in Samoa:

 

   See the State Department's travel website for the Worldwide Caution, Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and Samoa Country Specific Information.

 

   Enroll in the Smart Traveler-Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive security messages and make it easier to locate you in an emergency.

 

  Contact the U.S. Embassy in Samoa, located at 5th Floor

ACC Building, Matafele Apia, Samoa, Phone: +685 21436+685 21436 / 21631 / 21452 or 22696, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. 

 

Business Hours emergency assistance number for U.S. citizens is + (685) 21631 and press 0 for the operator; (685) 21631 ext 2222 and leave a message OR (685) 7771776.

 

After-hours emergency number for U.S. citizens is + (685) 7771776. Please leave a message, and the Duty Officer will return your call.

 

Call 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or 1-202-501-4444 from other countries from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).