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    On another thread some posters suggested that we develop a sticky of How to be safe in the DR. I put the following categories together - it's up to you to add content, add to the categories and generally share your tips of How to be safe in the DR. I think this is a most positive suggestion.

    I'll be happy to moderate a "How to be Safe in the DR" sticky. Perhaps the powers that be can glean enough from that to write a new article about it.

    Snuffy, you're just full of positive suggestions these days. Nice to see! This is why I love this board. One good one makes up for a thousand bad ones

    Let's play it out here first, and then I'll construct a sticky from that (and fix my English!) and all can give their input on the sticky.

    Here are some categories to start with --- feel free to contribute ...

    Two main Categories that I can think of ...

    1. Visiting the DR as a non-AI Tourist
    2. How to be security conscious when you're buying a home in the DR - what to look for in your new environment and what to avoid

    OK, the first one, some suggested topics.

    Visiting the DR as a non-AI Tourist

    1. Walking Around in Town - What to do, and not to Do!
    2. Selection Criteria for establishments to visit where you will be safe
    3. Basic Self-Defense when you're walking around and out playing tourist
    4. What to do when you're confronted by local police of traffic police and you're not sure how to behave
    5. What to do when you're in an unexpected altercation (sp?)

    2nd Category
    How to be security conscious when you're buying a home in the DR - what to look for in your new environment and what to avoid (disclaimer, this does not deal with financial or real-estate issues, but with safety in your physical area and safe layout of property)
    1. Neighborhood
    2. Gated community or not? Pros and Cons
    3. Security suggested for your outside environment
    4. Security suggested inside your home
    5. What to do when you are the victim of a home invasion
    6. Basic self-defense in your home

    OK, that is my brain dump on this topic. Go for it, add, change and suggest ... Just don't fight about it OK I'll delete the fight and with it, perhaps your brilliant suggestion.

    A last comment, If the DR1 finds the content good enough to write an article about it for their database, I'll stress that all the contributors have to get a mention.

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    Default common sense

    I sniff a slight gender bias in the layout of these questions. On number 5 ("5. What to do when you're in an unexpected altercation"), if it's a women, I suggest keeping your mouth shut, turning around, and walking away as if the devil was on your heels ;-)

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    Default Compiled from other thread.


    [FONT=Arial][FONT=Arial]1) Learn the language [/FONT]

    [FONT=Arial]2) Learn to understand the Dominican culture, and be patient. [/FONT]

    [FONT=Arial]3) Avoid altercations as much as possible. [/FONT]

    [FONT=Arial]4) Leave the illusion that you are struggling to survive, financially speaking. [/FONT]

    [FONT=Arial]5) Secure your home premises. [/FONT]

    [FONT=Arial]6) Have tools with which to defend yourself [/FONT]

    [FONT=Arial]7) Have a defensive plan formed ahead of time. [/FONT]

    [FONT=Arial]8) Live in an area that is more secure than less. [/FONT]

    [FONT=Arial]9) Make friends with your neighbours, and look out for each other. [/FONT]

    [FONT=Arial]10) Exercise common sense. [/FONT]

    [FONT=Arial][FONT=Arial]Thieves do not like noise which alerts people in the vicinity and could cause them problems. Screaming is good, but most people just "freeze." My wife & I each always carry a "personal alarm" which gives off a 130 decibel scream (extremely loud!) when the cord is pulled. This scream persists until the 9v battery runs down (+-1/2hr) or until the shutoff probe is reinserted. These things are very small and easy to pocket. Physical confrontation of an attacker should be an absolutely last resort. Far better to scare him off.... [/FONT]
    [FONT=Arial]I still have a number of these alarms and gift them to my friends. [/FONT]
    [FONT=Arial]If you are interested, PM me please. I am also prepared to visit houses on the north coast and suggest simple ways to upgrade security, based on my personal experience. If I can prevent only one robbery/attack, I'll be happy. [/FONT]
    [FONT=Arial]Originally posted by Canadian Bob.[/FONT]

    [FONT=Arial][FONT=Arial]Perimeter motion sensors are small systems that can easily be brought here from USA or Europe. Noise devices like Canadian Bob described. Big Bear Mace...those will knock a bear down, they will surely knock down a man. Dogs, Lighting, Guns, Self Defense (my friend Rob can drop a guy just by grabbing his collar about pain). Knowing certain self defense items might just save your life. [/FONT]

    [FONT=Arial]Show your gun every once in a while. Just take it out in the neighborhood and make sure the workers, etc see it. If you have the space, fire it off from time to time.
    Originally posted by Snuffy.

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    [FONT=Arial][FONT=Arial]Something I do here in the states is always keep my car keys within reach. A quick push of the "panic button" on the door lock transmitter makes the car alarm go off. The more noise, the better...bad guys throughout the world fear two things: noise and light.
    Originally posted by Cobraboy

    [FONT=Arial][FONT=Arial]Use epoxy glue to glue the jalousie glass slats into each metal slot that holds the glass. It does not take much glue. This makes it impossible to remove them without breaking them, which makes enough noise that should wake the watchman. Put a set of iron bars INSIDE each window. They won't rust & can't be jacked out. Even very small windows should be protected as ladrones sometimes use small children to gain access.
    Originally posted by Canadian Bob.

    [FONT=Arial][FONT=Arial]I would highly recommend putting in bars on all of your windows and doors. The good herreros put a key lock in the doors as opposed to padlock so it's really not a pain at all to get in or out. I would also recommend using 5/8" steel. This should prevent all but the most hardened criminals from entering and if they still try the noise or your guard should alert you in time. If you want more info/prices for what I did to my home, pm me.
    Originally posted by Chip

    [FONT=Arial][FONT=Arial]Keeping up the illusion that you are struggling financially isn't just about not wearing flash jewellery etc and other ostentatious displays of wealth. People do understand if you tell them that you sank your last cent in your nice house and now have difficulty managing day to day. You reinforce this when you go shopping by checking the price of everything, refusing the expensive imported cheese in favour of the cheaper local cheese etc etc. It's a mindset and there are hundreds of different ways of displaying it. Don't be seen in the same expensive restaurant every night, for two reasons - your movements may be being clocked and you don't want to appear predictable and secondly it will look like you are spending money without a care in the world. Check the bill when it comes, don't just pay it. Drive a functional but non-flashy vehicle.
    Originally posted by Lambada.


    [FONT=Arial][FONT=Arial]Once inside, these scum become even more dangerous. All efforts must be made to scare them off before they have any chance to enter. Be aware that breakins can also happen during the day, sometimes by women, ostensibly looking for "work". Stay safe!
    Originally posted by Canadian Bob.

    [FONT=Arial][FONT=Arial]There are people that just don't understand all of these issues. They're trying to move to DR and bring standards from elsewhere. As I said, whether through arrogance or ignorance, these people aren't ready to move (To the DR).
    Originally posted by CFA123


    [FONT=Arial][FONT=Arial]How to be safe when walking. [/FONT]
    [FONT=Arial]How to be safe when driving. [/FONT]
    [FONT=Arial]How to be safe in your home. [/FONT]
    [FONT=Arial]How to handle a verbal confrontation. [/FONT]
    [FONT=Arial]If you have to fight. [/FONT]
    [FONT=Arial]Safety for your children. [/FONT]
    This list originally posted by [FONT=Courier New][FONT=Arial]Snuffy[/FONT] [/FONT]
    Last edited by Chris; 11-29-2006 at 06:05 AM.

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    Default Visiting Establishments / Unexpected Altercation / Etc

    (1) Be careful about accepting drinks, and understand that someone may drug your drinks to rob you.

    (2) Remember that "many" Dominicans will be very combatant(sp), whether they are right or wrong in a disagreement. No matter how minor the disagreement.

    (3) If you are a woman and are in or seeking a relationship with a Dominican male, re-read statement 2.

    (4) Motion sensor alarms are NOT reliable.

    (5) Car Security: Put a siren/alarm INSIDE the car also. The noise will drive anyone out that breaks into it. This may also be a good idea for several inside your home also. Extremely loud ones will disorientate the intruder.

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    i think this is great however you might want to change the title to "how to be safer..." and add a disclaimer in the thread. there are no guarantees and people still might end up victims despite all the good advice.

    otherwise i think this is an excellent idea.

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    Default Some Organizational Ideas....

    "Tips To Stay Safe In The DR".

    Stress that these are deterrant ideas and not intended to insure your 100% safety. For example, motion sensors are not 100% reliable. They are a deterrant. Look at it like this. You are creating a maze around you. The perpetrator has to manuever your maze to get to you. You make it as complicated as you deem necessary. Motion Sensors inside your home/outside are one of the deterrants. Dogs are also. Bars, etc. Nothing is 100% certain.

    Safety At The House:
    -Securing The Perimeter
    + All About Your Guard Dogs
    + Lighting
    + Motion Sensors
    + Neighbor Watch
    + All About Your Night Watchman
    + Iron Bars
    + Securing Windows and Doors
    + Keep The Yard Neat, Clean, and Remove Tempting Items

    -Securing The Inside
    -What To Do With Important Documents/Jewelry/Etc...
    -Weapons In The Home
    -Sound The Alarm...Emergency Calling Plan: Have phone numbers ready to go.

    How To Make Your Neighborhood Safer:

    Safety In Your Vehicle:
    Keep the doors locked. My friend says that tinted windows make a good deterrant as it is difficult for someone with a gun to easily see what you are doing in your vehicle. Keep the windows up when in traffic if possible. On the open road you can keep them down. Don't stop for anyone. If the police pull you over in a remote area you may consider driving to a busy area before stopping...or driving to the police station. I would like to hear from others on this one...because I have often stopped in remote areas for the police. Moreso these days I simply avoid eye to eye contact and drive on by. I don't know that I should recommend this here. The police are getting more and more sensitive.

    Safety In A Carro Publico/MotoConcho:

    Walking Around Town:
    I will sometimes just stop and let everyone who was in the back of me go ahead of me. Especially if I see someone who appears to be following me. I let him go on by. I keep my money in my front pocket and often my hand is in the pocket. I'm very alert to crowds and anyone brushing up against me. Another idea is to have your money in one wallet and a fake dummy wallet with nothing. The fake goes in your back pocket. The real goes in your front. If I am walking on a lonely road and sense danger I may shove my wallet down the front of my pants or take the money out and shove the money in a sock. Don't wear expensive jewelry into crowds or anywhere where you will be doing a lot of walking. Wear your jewelry to dinner where you are in a group of friends or that kind of thing...where everyone is watching out for one another.

    Safety When Shopping And Handling Money:

    Safety During A Night On The Town:

    Verbal Altercations:
    How you handle a verbal altercation is very important. Now I try my best to just walk away. It isn't worth upsetting someone who may come back and do harm to you or your loved ones. You don't want to upset the wrong person. And that goes for men and women. Are you being a wimp. No. You are being smart.

    What To Do If You Are Attacked:
    -Potential Weapons
    -Defensive Action
    -Going For The Kill

    Keep Your Kids Safe:
    -Teach Your Kids Safety

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    Safety In The Campo Or Remote Areas:

    Safety At The Beach:

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    Default Great idea....

    I really think this is a huge service to everyone. Even oldtimers like Rocky can learn new tricks....LOL

    May I suggest Chris that we change: Visiting the DR as a non-AI Tourist to something more likely to encourage individuals to get the heck out of the AI.

    I want to encourage everyone to get out of the hotels, they are given a great deal of misinformation before coming here and after arriving and that needs to be cleared up! Let me put something together for a list to contribute as well.

    HOw about - Getting out and about safely in the DR. or Yes it is safe to leave the hotel. Just thoughts.

    I will also submit some ideas on how to get out and enjoy the nightlife safely.

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    One thing that I think is smart to do when walking around town to keep your belongings a little safer:
    If you carry a bag, backpack on one shoulder, laptop, camera, purse, etc., when you're walking on the pavement, don't carry it in your hand closest to the road, but in your other hand, so that opportunistic thieves on scooters passing by cannot easily snatch it.

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    Default Great Idea!

    I think this is a great idea as I am a single woman travelling alone! I have already received lots of valuable safety information from Planner but I figure the more information the better.

    Thanks to everyone for their great advice!

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