Dangers & Annoyances
Freetown has less crime than you'd imagine, but it still makes sense to be cautious and avoid having valuables on display, or walking alone at night. Petty crime is an issue in markets and other crowded areas, and there have been many reports of muggings around Lumley Beach. Don't walk on the beach after dark, and exercise caution on weekdays, when it is almost deserted.
By far the most dangerous creatures in Freetown are not the mosquitoes but the (admittedly cheap) motorbike taxis, which buzz far more loudly and swoop up and over the hills like there's no tomorrow. There might not be if you take one – do so at your peril and wear a helmet (most drivers carry a spare).
There's an exchange bureau at Lungi International Airport with reasonable rates. There's also an ATM just outside the terminal building, which may or may not be working. Forex bureaus are found throughout the city, as are street-side moneychangers. If using the latter, make sure to check the rate (and your money) carefully, and find a secure spot to carry out the transaction.
Ecobank is located on Wilkinson Rd and Lightfoot Boston St. Other major banks, including UBA and Rokel Commercial Bank have Visa card–linked ATMs. There are several ATMs in central Freetown. Others can be found in Lumley and Murray Town.