Everyone told us when moving to Asuncion that it was a fairly safe place to live. We believed them, yet wanted to see for ourselves. We have been happily surprised to find that it is a relatively safe place and we can walk most places we want to go. One thing that helped drive home the overall perception of safety by Paraguayans was when we were given our keys to our new apartment.
You might have thought that those types of keys went out of fashion with suits of armor or powder wigs at the very latest, but you would be wrong. Instead they followed the path of carbon paper and migrated south. I guess it must mean that it's a pretty safe country if people still use these keys cuz it can't take a criminal mastermind to pick a lock operated by this key which opens the chemical store-room at school either.