According to the OSAC (U.S. State Department) 2016 Crime & Safety Report the Crime Rate in Islamabad is rated as MEDIUM Secure Ground Transportation Islamabad. Threats to international travelers include gender and politically based violence and kidnapping, sexual assault, & civil unrest. Low profile crime such as ‘pan-handling’ at major intersections do occur, but statistics suggest that this is no more than in any other large city in the world. International foreigners may be targeted due to anti U.S./Western sentiments, which can quickly manifest into large-scale demonstrations and protests which are vigorously dealt with by the local Police. It is worth avoiding certain areas during Friday prayers.