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Newsline: Embassies Warn of Rise in Coastal Crime in Cambodia

Foreign diplomats this week have called for increased vigilance and caution on Cambodia’s coast, partcularly in places such as Sihanoukville, Koh Rong and Kampot, following a spike in serious crimes against foreigners. The Australian government updated their travel advisory for Cambodia earlier this month after a number of its citizens were victims of violent crime, incuding one woman who was raped in a tuk-tuk in Sihanoukville. “Reports of assaults against foreigners in the coastal town of Sihanoukville have been increasing,” the Australian Deputy Head of Mission for Cambodia told Khmer Times. Assaults and armed robberies against foreigners have also been noticed by embassy officials, who warn that foreigners have been “seriously injured and killed recently.” The United Kingdom’s vice consul also spoke to Khmer Times this week, saying the Foreign Commonwealth Office (FCO) had recently changed its advisory for Cambodia and that it would update it again soon. “Foreigners present an attractive target for criminals,” its warns in its advisory for Cambodia.



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