I remember a night when I came across a short post in a popular Facebook group for Expats in Ecuador. A member posted a simple question asking what all the police activity was in the popular expat city of Cuenca because there were a lot of cops with lights at many of the street intersections.
My initial thoughts were negative. I started doubting the safety of the country and if it is somewhere I really want to consider moving my family or not. As I read the comments posted by other members, I was quickly comforted to learn that all the police activity was generated due to the president of Ecuador, Rafael Correa being in town to give a speech. It was nothing more than a presidential brigade.
I am not saying that Ecuador or other countries are without crime, but I was embarrassed with myself that I so quickly jumped to negative conclusions and for my paranoia of safety for expats.
Usually, when I find myself making excuses or justifications like that, it means that whatever I am trying to run away from is exactly what I need to be running towards. Have you been delaying your own move abroad for some kind of hurdle or obstacle like safety? I would love to hear about it.