View Poll Results: In what type of neighborhood do you is safer to live in?

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  • Barrio

    5 17.24%
  • Formal non-gated neighborhood

    3 10.34%
  • Formal gated neighborhood (w/ Dominican majority)

    9 31.03%
  • Formal gated neighborhood (w/ foreigners majority)

    12 41.38%
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Thread: Safer in a barrio or in a formal neighborhood?

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    Quote Originally Posted by malko View Post
    We need a " campo" choice.
    I'm in the same barrio type and same senario as Saunders. Lived in this Barrio for over 25 years. The discription he gives of his barrio sounds like he is living on the same street and barrio as i do. Every one is very aware of crime and are not un aware of keeping the door locked. But we are not parinoid or living in fear. One diffrence from His street is probably is the fact in our one block their are 15 dogs in residence and if one goes off at night over some thing they all chip in. It would scare me so it is a deterrent to break ins!

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    How can you take the poll unless you have lived in all the mentioned areas. Seems like you would just have to guess on this one!

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    My husband and just had a discussion about this poll, and we're both of the same mind about it.

    We wouldn't live in a gated community of foreigners - it's too tempting for the crooks, we'd feel less safe despite the security. We *would* live in a gated community of mostly Dominicans, as he put it "it's a different class of Dominicans" and we'd feel safe. My in-laws live in them, in Las Praderas, so we're familiar with them. We both dismissed the non-gated community.

    When we built our house, in the 80s, it was pure campo. Now it's a barrio. 99% of the people who live there have lived there for generations, we're "accepted" because Mr. AE had been going to that beach since he was a boy, and the old lady next door [who just turned 100] was a childhood friend of my mother-in-law. For the most part, the barrio folks look out for one another, and we are included in that. Yes, they steal fruits and vegetables from us from time to time. Our maid and our caretaker are from the same barrio, and we go out of our way to buy things from the barrio [the ferreteria, the colmado, the fruit/veggie guy, topping off the phones, etc.]. When we're not there, they keep an eye on our house. When the dog was poisoned, aside from the distress of losing a part of our family, we were worried someone was targeting the house. Now we have an alarm system.

    For us, the danger isn't from the barrio peeps - it's from the hoards who come out to the beach from Santo Domingo and San Cristobal, busloads at a time. Down the road are a Dominican couple we are friends with. They live in SD and come out every weekend to the house. They have a caretaker who lives on the premises, and several dogs. Totally walled. But even though they are Dominican, they are outsiders. The wife goes through maids constantly, I think it's a combo of her personality and the people thinking they're ricos from SD - not good in a barrio. There have been several attempted break-ins of their house.

    So, for us, "it depends".




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    Quote Originally Posted by xstew View Post
    I'm in the same barrio type and same senario as Saunders. Lived in this Barrio for over 25 years. The discription he gives of his barrio sounds like he is living on the same street and barrio as i do. Every one is very aware of crime and are not un aware of keeping the door locked. But we are not parinoid or living in fear. One diffrence from His street is probably is the fact in our one block their are 15 dogs in residence and if one goes off at night over some thing they all chip in. It would scare me so it is a deterrent to break ins!
    We have two resident street dogs that know exactly who lives on the street. They do growl and bark at all non-belongers at night and we have three very bright street lights. The cops do a pretty regular patrol throughout the night and the banca near the intersection has both cameras and an armed guard. My cameras cover front, back, and sides of my house and the thieves that live behind me steal elsewhere. We have properties located in better looking neighbourhoods but my wife thinks this one of the safer areas due to the consistent residency of the people, the nosy old women and men that know everything and everybody, and how busy and well lighted the area is.

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    I think in a barrio you are more likely to be the victim of petty street crime. In a gated community you are more likely to
    be the victim of a planned or targeted crime.

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    I would never live in a gated community... It's almost a "shopping center" for thiefs... Too easy to enter the premises, since it's not really gated... Just a little gate at the entrance. What about the rest ??

    I prefer to live in the community, get to know the people and take care of my own security. Walls, driveway gate, metal bars in windows and 1 or 2 street dogs that you adopted...

    And my community people take care of their "gringas" (my sister and I) because they like us and we're nice with them. Like we say in Québec "On pète pas plus haut que le trou" (Translated in english to "We don't fart higher than the hole"....

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    i love love love living in a gated community among gringos. such peace. spent a year in a barrio and it was hell. never again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by charlise View Post
    I would never live in a gated community... It's almost a "shopping center" for thiefs... Too easy to enter the premises, since it's not really gated... Just a little gate at the entrance. What about the rest ??

    I prefer to live in the community, get to know the people and take care of my own security. Walls, driveway gate, metal bars in windows and 1 or 2 street dogs that you adopted...

    And my community people take care of their "gringas" (my sister and I) because they like us and we're nice with them. Like we say in Québec "On pète pas plus haut que le trou" (Translated in english to "We don't fart higher than the hole"....
    Your quebecois are very polite. The French expression is better and vulgar. ..."plus haut que son c.."

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    Obviously security has many, many variables..... so its complicated.

    Its also very subjective. We feel safe, well as safe as can be, in our campo. Guests from europe always feel insecure for the first couple of days, mainly due to isolation.
    Some people think security is in numbers, others think it comes in the form of cameras....etc, etc.
    At the end of the day ANY house can be raided. NOTHING can be 100% secure ( think explosives, gas....etc )
    So I guess its a mix between not-too-much-security-so-as-not-to-be-obvious,
    common sense ( u can have 16 camears amd a 17 inch steel door, but if its unlocked......),
    And adaptation to where you live.....( its the dr....not too many special forces trained dogs around...... i have seen personally how a dog adapts to an enviroment. Brothers of my 2 dogs live in a gated community in SD. Well they dont go mental at every strange noise and person, whereas at my place, they do ).

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    Wow, I just noticed that in the question on the poll I wrote 'is' instead of 'feel.' Sorry about that typo.

    Original In what type of neighborhood do you is safer to live in?

    Intention In what type of neighborhood do you feel safer to live in?

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