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    Default POP Airport Theft

    My husb just got back from visiting his family in Puerto Plata. While unpacking his suitcase at home, he was shocked to find that his new Christmas Fila running shoes were stolen, silver larimar necklace that was given as a girft were stolen out of his suitcase. The suitcase had a little lock on it , which was probably tampered with in Puerto Plata. Over the year of travelling to POP, we've never come across any theft. This is pathetic for such a thing to happen. This explains why Puerto Plata is becoming a "tourist-less" city!!!!!!!!

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    Default Pathetic?

    Yes it's sad! But this does not only happen in the DR, it happens all over. Best to put some sort of anti theft on your luggage.(like tape around zipper, but if they want in ....they'll get in , no matter what.)

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    Yes Doug, I agree. I just want travellers to be more aware of this. Times have certainly changed!!! Am sure they could have even taken clothes if they were that desperate..

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    Happened twice to me. First time was on trip from SDQ to Miami. Second time was on trip from San Juan, PR to POP. Both times the luggage was locked.

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    what's the point of locking luggage nowadays when every bag is opened and completely searched through security points? I usually use zip ties as my "locks" but don't know if I should anymore since I can't carry a pocketknife to cut them!

    Also, I am bringing about 15 kitesurfing kites to DR in two weeks for demos. Think I'll be charged anything? My stay is for 3 months.

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    Exclamation Just a minute here!

    Where is yor "Proof" that the shoes and neckless were stolen in Puerto Plata? Did your husband change planes on his way "home"? What about the airport of his final destination? You give the Dominican Republic,and all Dominicans a "slap-in-the-face",by assuming that the "theft" occured here! Maybe your husband gave the shoes and neckless to his Dominican girlfriend in Puerto Plata, then "made-up" the "stolen goods" story! See what I mean? Think before you rush to judgement!Hurts a little right? Criss Colon

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    It is true that anywhere along your trip things can get stolen by anybody. On a recent trip back to the USA from Santo Domingo I was robbed of $800 cash. Nobody could guess who would have stolen my money. I can tell you that it was the security people checking the luggage( including my purse) at JFK International Airport in New York. Watch these people closely! It is not an unusual occurance nowadays I am told. They know that everyone feels safe with them and that Americans want good security so they pretend to be paying attention to details. They sure are! They are counting our cash and then stealing it. Unfortuately where there is money there will be crooks ALL over the world.

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    Default Here and there they run a few scams.

    In Puerto Rico I lost a very good camara on a flight from Mayaguez to San Juan...

    My daughter suffered the loss of some very special jewelery. The scam-and I am not that sure it was not a scam-works like this.

    The plane is boarding and maybe a woman with a child is in line with a piece or two of carry on. At the gate the Stewardess says: "Sorry there is no more overhead room. You will have to check that as baggage."
    Now how do you do that from the airplane door? You can't. They take it and send it below, where, since it is obviously where valuables would be kept, it is riffled and you don't find out about it until you get to NYC/JFK. You notice immediately that it has been gone over and you make a claim immediately. then..........

    You wait for months to get a little check that doesn't cover ding!..
    Happened. Continental. SDQ-JFK

    HB

    Like they say: "Schitt happens" Even to the most cautious.

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    We also travelled through POP airport in early December and had our luggage broken into there. No, I can't prove it was at POP, as it could have been at our destination airport, but I'm almost certain that it was. We had things such as clothing, sunglasses and cologne taken! What a bummer to find out when we arrived home. I think they need to have more supervision at the airport and crack down a little more on this if they want to keep the tourists coming!
    In the meantime, we will be investing in some better luggage with better locks!!

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    Talking Our last cruise

    Got home from our cruise and had EXTRA stuff in my duffle bag! A fancy new package of G-string men's underwear if you can believe that! Haven't got a clue what happened, but you could tell the bag had been gone through by the time we got off the ship, nevermind what happened by the time it hit Puerto Rico and POP airports...

    The undies fit great, in case you were wondering.

    NOT!
    marc

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