Uruguay has seen a considerable rise in crime since 2018. There is a significant risk of armed robbery, carjackings, and assaults. Opportunistic street crime is the predominant risk for business travelers to Montevideo. Organized, and opportunistic criminals target pedestrians and vehicles for valuables, often utilizing mopeds or motorcycles to commit crimes. The local term for the motorbike criminal teams is Motochorros, and often they work in pairs. They will not hesitate to use violence.
Road traffic crashes (RTCs) are very common, and overland transportation in Uruguay is often dangerous outside of Montevideo due to poorly maintained infrastructure as well as poor police presence. Very heavy traffic in Montevideo increases the risk of being targeted in congestion, traffic lights, or junctions by criminal groups.