Like most countries around the world, there is an element of criminality within Chile. Criminal activity is most common in urban areas, especially in Santiago, Valparaiso, and Antofagasta. Non-violent crime through pickpocketing is considered the main threat to foreign visitors. Most crime involving foreign nationals happens in busy tourist areas, for example, shopping centers, public transportation networks and around hotels.
Protests frequently occur in Chile but rarely escalate into violence; however, demonstrations involving student groups can include some level of confrontation with security forces. Most demonstrations are related to labor disputes, economic policies, student concerns, or social issues. Most vulnerable areas for protests to evolve, include Santiago and Valparaiso.