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    Default Lets talk about crime in DR

    OK How many of you people out here on DR1 have been victims of crime. Please tell us as much about it as you are comfortable with. I personally promise not to blame the victim, I cannot speak for everyone though. Also did you feel that the police/authoroties were cooperative and helpful? What justice if any did you receive? And do you currently feel safe in DR right now with the current climate?

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    few months after i arrived to DR i was walking back from work, at 5-6 pm when i heard fast steps behind me. i held my bag closer under my arm and someone grabbed at it. i turned around and there was a young guy pointing a gun at my head with one hand and pulling the bag with the other. don't ask why but instead of letting go i pulled back, cursing him in three languages. instead of shooting he kept on hitting me with the gun, over my head, arms, hands.
    eventually i pulled him from the sidewalk onto the street. a jeep passing us stopped, the driver got out, pulled out his gun and shot few times at my assailant. he let go and run towards a moto with a driver, just few meters away. they drove off. the shooter asked if i needed further help, i politely refused so he took off. another car, full of 20 something kids stopped and also offered help. they stayed with me until the arrival of miesposo.
    no harm was done apart from some bruises. ironic thing is that i only had 41 pesos in my bag... and documents, of course. but really nada of value.

    years later someone climbed into our second floor apartment, through the open window, and stole few hundred bucks. and about two years ago a young dude stole a meter from outside our house. and some arseholes stole CAPA sign from my car during PRD rally.

    that's all i can remember.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mcinbrass View Post
    OK How many of you people out here on DR1 have been victims of crime. Please tell us as much about it as you are comfortable with. I personally promise not to blame the victim, I cannot speak for everyone though. Also did you feel that the police/authoroties were cooperative and helpful? What justice if any did you receive? And do you currently feel safe in DR right now with the current climate?
    How about you Mcinbrass, have you been a victim of crime in the DR. I know plenty of Dominicans that have been victims, but nobody in my wife's family has been a victim, yet.

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    dv8, having had that terrifying experience. Would you do something different if the same situation arises?

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    First visited 1996, lived here since 1999.

    My wallet was swiped from my handbag at Supermercado Nacional on Av. 27 de Febrero con Lincoln, Santo Domingo, in 2004 or thereabouts. Entirely my fault - it was an open style shoulder bag and I let myself get distracted by a shopper asking for help while the thief helped him or herself to the wallet. I only realised a good 15 mins later when I reached the till.

    There was very little cash (less than RD$1000) in the wallet but my passport, bank cards, cedula, EU and DR driving licences, residencia were all in there and had to be replaced.

    I reported it to the police for document replacement purposes - I did not expect them to do anything. However, I was disappointed that the supermarket management did nothing at all to help. No CCTV, no attempt to monitor people leaving the supermarket, nothing.

    A thief entered our apartment in Mirador Sur - again, my fault - I left the door open while I went out to hang out the washing. He was interrupted by the security guard so he just grabbed my mobile phone from the table and ran off but he ditched it on the staircase - presumably when he realised how cheap and nasty it was. This was maybe 2007. Didn't report to the police but we tipped the security guard.

    Nothing since moving to Punta Cana in 2008 - touch wood etc.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 4*4*4 View Post
    dv8, having had that terrifying experience. Would you do something different if the same situation arises?
    really, i cannot say. at the time when it happened many people called me an idiot for fighting back. but i was not thinking. it was an instinctive reaction. i did not plan anything, i just acted. the guy who attacked me was thin and small, roughly my size. not that it would matter since he was the one with the gun...

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    Been here 2 years... Oldest to newest

    Jig saw disappeared the first month I was here, was in a locked cabinet

    Got hoodwinked by the "throw something under the car to make it boom" scam. We were new, don't judge me :-(

    Neighbor scammed me out of RD$1,000 when he told me he'd rent a water pump and pump water out of his cistern and not mine. (Still new, should have know better though!)

    Paid a water bill for a year, never got water

    Took my daughter to CMC with a broken leg, they tortured her and made her worse. Treatment and care have easily been criminal negligence in a US hospital.

    Wife got her purse stolen; she was sitting at a stop light with her purse on the passenger seat. Guy grabbed it and took off on a moto. Money, credit cards, and passport gone.

    PN stopped me and told me I had to follow him to the police station and pay a RD$2,000 fine for something I didn't need, he said RD$400 on the spot would suffice.

    Caught workers stealing money

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    Quote Originally Posted by dv8 View Post
    really, i cannot say. at the time when it happened many people called me an idiot for fighting back. but i was not thinking. it was an instinctive reaction. i did not plan anything, i just acted. the guy who attacked me was thin and small, roughly my size. not that it would matter since he was the one with the gun...
    I'm sure I would have done the same thing - instinct takes over good sense!
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    Quote Originally Posted by bob saunders View Post
    How about you Mcinbrass, have you been a victim of crime in the DR. I know plenty of Dominicans that have been victims, but nobody in my wife's family has been a victim, yet.
    I have not been the victim of a crime, I have been hustled though(form of a crime, I guess). I have felt the wanton eyes of a would-be criminal staring at me though. Last Nov I was waiting for a carro concho after leaving the casino on Independencia I would say at 1 AM or so. This guy tried to pry my cellphone from my back pocket as I was entering the car. He didnt get it at the same time he was hitting me with these aluminum polio walkers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mcinbrass View Post
    I have felt the wanton eyes of a would-be criminal staring at me though. .
    That sounds like something a crazed feminist would say.

    Eyerape- "He made eye contact with me in public without my consent, he was super creepy"

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