We have heard similar stories before. In fact, I heard just this morning that there were an unusual amount of robberies/attacks last night in town. I never know whether people here are paranoid or smart. Their advice usually seems a little overdone to me.
At this point I guess we have to admit that there is some danger. If you get a chance, pray for my trip to Lima this afternoon. First, I need prayer that I will actually make it (weather issues). Another family at the language school just returned from Lima after having to try 10 times. Two of the flights came all the way to Arequipa and had to turn back because they couldn't land. Second, pray for my safety when I am alone in Lima (just tonight) and when Mom and I are together. I am remembering our almost-mugging when Tim and I were on our way to Argentina. I'd really rather avoid that this go round.
Tim says he will post a better photo of the exciting tire robbery when he gets home tonight. Until then, you'll have to manage with this one.