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    I didnt know whether to put this in Legal or Living but i need some advice.

    My novia lives in Santo Domingo with her 2 brothers, and her daughter. The boys are barely 18 so they are still pretty young. they do not own a gun. they live in a barrio called las acacias. I have been to the area many times and never really felt any danger even though she says it is not the best area. I can see her concerns at night.

    She lives on a 3rd floor of a apartment. They do not have a watch(y)man. Their parking lot isn't gated in. Over the last 2 months there has been a rash of burglaries in her apartment building. Today was the 3rd apartment. The apartments have gated front doors, and so is the main entrance but clearly someone has a key to get in.

    Ok here is the question....
    They do not bother to call the police. They say the police are probably in on it, and the owner doesnt care. What can the tenants of the apartment do? (other than move out)

    I feel for her because she works all day and she has a young child. I tell her to go to the police, and if that doesnt work, go to the police captain, then local politician, and keep going up. There has to be something they can do. The tenants are mostly working class families with children.
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    Wink Move out

    Forget complaining to the police. There is so much of this type of crime that they cannot keep up. Small crimes against property do not get any attention. Find another apartment where people are at home during the day. Thieves target apartments where no one is home much of time. They first watch the location and know when an apartment is empty. You will not win against these guys!!!!

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    She could call Z101FM and talk to the people at El Gobierno de la Maņana or El Gobierno de la Tarde and voice her complaint.

    If she gets to voice her complaint, action might be taken. She can go to the radio station, and get on the air. She can invite one of the hosts to see where she lives and get support.

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    It's happening, unfortunately, all over Santo Domingo. Not only that neighborhood.

    One of my husband's brothers lives in a very nice condo in El Million, second floor, all fully protected with decorative ironwork. Around 4-5 a.m. someone climbed up the 2nd floor, cut through one of the bars and removed it, and was thin enough to climb in. The thief actually had the nerve to enter their bedroom while they slept and took jewelry and cash. Never went into the kids rooms.

    The month before the apartment below them was robbed, while they were sleeping. A week after he was robbed, another apartment was burgled across the courtyard. Now their ironwork is all double secure, but it's hard to get over being robbed, especially knowing they were there while they slept.

    Scary times

    AE

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    My experience with home invasions, is that almost all the time it is an inside job, meaning someone knows the complex and/or has access. I would suggest following the previous posts and changing the locks. Also, talking with other tenants to discuss who currently works in and around the building. A private investigator may also prove helpful if only to send a message that the tenants are aware and proactive. I hope this trend changes and all are safe - thoughts and prayers are with you!

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    my experience is that is usually the same people robbing the same building, for sure in the novias case. once the ladrones get familiar with a building they keep going back for more. it also doesn't matter what they steal, today could be a TV, tomorrow it could be the propane tank, even a ceiling fan, whatever they steal has a ready market, people waiting to buy at a good price. there are no "used " stores in the DR, no salvation army store, no goodwill, everything has value. i saw a guy trying to sell two used screwdrivers once. i have also found that if there is a burglary and the building has a watchman, quachyman, wachyman, then he is in on it, there will be more burglaries, it is time to fire the watchman. i've also found that it is common for someone to always be home, my wifes' family is quite large, nine bothers and sisters, plus cousins, kids of sisters and cousins, old uncles, same as a lot of dominican families. it's not spoken about but as a rule someone is always home, always. but don't leave the backdoor open when sitting in the living room even if you're home, thieves have come in and stolen the clothes iron from the kitchen table along with a pair of scissors. i feel bad for the victims but i do have some sympathy for the crooks because they are truly desparate. that pair of scisssors could mean a plate of rice. so sad as this is such a great country only poverty makes it tough.

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    change the locks and keep someone at home all the time... organise a building/neighbourhood watch

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    Quote Originally Posted by miloskorac View Post
    Do report this with National Police, they will send somebody as Teniente de Robos. Give him some money to investigate all. (not more then 500 pesos).
    If somebody has the keys, check maintenance guys.
    I will keep trying to encourage her to do so. I will offer to pay for it aswell but i doubt she will accept either option. The Police have a real bad image in that country.

    Quote Originally Posted by miloskorac View Post
    Or bear traps from ebay....
    Im thinking the same thing. I told her i would get her a big mean dog, but i have heard stories about dogs getting poisoned leading up the crime, so offered to buy her a actual bear (jk) to protect the apartment. I wonder where if there are any bears in D.R.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hillbilly View Post
    She could call Z101FM and talk to the people at El Gobierno de la Maņana or El Gobierno de la Tarde and voice her complaint.

    If she gets to voice her complaint, action might be taken. She can go to the radio station, and get on the air. She can invite one of the hosts to see where she lives and get support.

    HB
    Thank you HillBilly. this is the kind of thing i am looking for. I know people do not trust the police, or govt but they have to start somewhere. They have to have a forum to voice their opinion and work to be heard. Unfortunatly she isnt this type of person, even though it is natural to her. She is a "encantadora", smart, and has great values, but she has no interest in being politcal, or getting involved grassroots movements. Too bad because it comes natural to her.

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    Default Two Measures That Dominicans Use!

    Someone in the family ALWAYS Stays Home
    Big Mean DOGS
    Dominicans FEAR BIG DOGS!
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