View Poll Results: If you're an expat, have you been a victim of theft? (Read OP, then vote)

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  • Yes, at home.

    17 33.33%
  • Yes, on the street.

    14 27.45%
  • Yes, at a business (clubs, hotels, restaurants, etc).*

    6 11.76%
  • Never

    22 43.14%
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Thread: Expats Victims of Theft

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    Default Expats Victims of Theft

    This poll was suggested by Givadogahome almost a month ago. I totally forgot about it, sorry about about that.

    If you're an expat, have you been a victim of theft?

    A) Yes, at home.
    B) Yes, on the street.
    C) Yes, at a business (clubs, hotels, restaurants, etc).*
    D) Never


    *Being a victim of a rip-off doesn't count.

    For those that have been victims, explain:

    1. For how long have you been an expat in the Dominican Republic?
    2. How many times has it happened?
    3. Do you think there's a good chance it will happen again?
    4. Are you considering moving? If so, to another part of the country or abroad?
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    A. Yes, 3 times.

    B. Yes, i1 time

    Can it happen again, nadie sabe.

    No plans to move from the DR.

    Why move, no place is truly safe.

    When I lived on my boat in Samana harbor, one morning when walking from the dock on the island at the end of the bridge to town to catch the employee bus to my job at Hotel Gran Bahia. This was early in the morning, abut 8 am. I was mugged by a guy who stepped out of some bushes. He hit me across the side of my head with his machete, breaking my jaw in 2 places and cutting off my ear lob. When I recovered consciousness, I walked back to the dock, called for my wife to get me in the dinghy and take me to the doctor.

    Later I went to Boston for some dental work because my teeth weren't lining up properly making chewing difficult. While there I told my story to a local. After hearing my story he told hie his. He had been jogging in the largest public park in Boston a few days previously when a man stepped out of the bushes, stuck a pistol in his stomach and took his money and his watch.

    He was not planning to leave Boston.

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    1. For how long have you been an expat in the Dominican Republic?
    12 years
    2. How many times has it happened?
    Once, wallet nicked from my bag in the supermarket
    3. Do you think there's a good chance it will happen again?
    Yes, no one is immune though I am more vigilant when in the city
    4. Are you considering moving? If so, to another part of the country or abroad?
    Yes, we moved to a safer part of the country, Punta Cana. The capital was getting scarier. No immediate plans to move abroad.

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    1. 15 years
    2. Twice
    3. Could happen but I do my best to be aware of things going on around me and taking precautionary measures.
    4. Hell no, could happen anywhere in the world.

    About 9 years ago when I used to live in Santo Domingo, I was walking down the left side of the street to work with my purse on my right shoulder when a motorcycle came up behind me with 2 guys, the passenger cut my purse strap and they took off with it. Just so happened to be payday and I of course had my passport in my purse along with my cards, cel phone, keys, etc. What a mess... :S Since then, whenever a motorcycle comes up behind me, I automatically turn around and make sure he's not up to anything. The second time was at the race track and I had left a backpack in a friend's truck and someone broke in and took it. Thankfully it only had my house keys, clothes and about 200 pesos. I felt worse for my friend who had to get his car door fixed.

    Lessons learned: Leave the passport at home, only carry the credit/debit cards that I need with me, make sure a friend always has a copy of my house keys, don't leave bags and purses on the front or back seat of the car where anyone can see them and be aware of things going on around me.

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    1. For how long have you been an expat in the Dominican Republic?
    eleven years
    2. How many times has it happened?
    once had chain ripped off neck when on bike with motoconcho. Once had hand bag nicked from restaurant. Once shot with attempted burglary at home
    3. Do you think there's a good chance it will happen again?
    Not if stay away from tourist areas and the capital
    4. Are you considering moving? If so, to another part of the country or abroad?
    I moved to a different part of the country but not because of the crime. Unlikely to leave the DR.

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    1. For how long have you been an expat in the Dominican Republic? Almost 3 years
    2. How many times has it happened? once
    3. Do you think there's a good chance it will happen again? No
    4. Are you considering moving? If so, to another part of the country or abroad? No

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    1. For how long have you been an expat in the Dominican Republic?
    5 years, 8 months.
    2. How many times has it happened?
    Once, handbag stolen from back seat of vehicle - full story here http://www.dr1.com/forums/living/114...-hard-way.html
    3. Do you think there's a good chance it will happen again?
    Learned a big lesson so hopefully not the same way but who knows.
    4. Are you considering moving? If so, to another part of the country or abroad?
    No, but would certainly NOT move to the capital.

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    Any way to know how long those who have never been a victim have actually lived in the DR?

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    1. lived there nine years
    2. happened twice (they climbed up building wall to enter into our third floor apartment windows - came back for second time before bars could be completed on windows)
    3. won't happen again since we no longer live there - but probably wouldn't have happened again in the same way anyway - we had bars put on the windows and doors afterwards - but of course anyone can become a victim again - odds are lower if you take common sense precautions however
    4. moving away wasn't related to theft - just got a bit of the wanderlust virus and desire to go somewhere different
    Last edited by expatsooner; 02-25-2012 at 04:05 AM.

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    Before moving here had a chain ripped off my neck by a moto.
    1. six years
    2 Just that once before moving here
    3 No as i don't wear any gold chains anymore
    4. Never a thought of leaving as this is home and i feel safer here then many places i have been to in the US and else where.

    Bob K

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