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    Default A Question For US Citizens That Live In DR

    And have had their property vandalized where they live.....

    Is there anything that can be done to report such incidents to the US Embassy in Santo Domingo?

    When I go on their website, they have an emergency contact number, but it appears that they can only help in certain matters pertaining to arrest, death, hospitalization or missing inidividuals.

    Does anyone know if they might assist in matters of vandalism?

    I have heard that they might make a call on your behalf to the Procuraduria to which they would then call the Fiscalia investigating the matter? Not sure if that is even the case.

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    Common misconception about US Embassies.. They are not here to "help you"
    they will however offer some assistance with some life or death issues and US
    government related services.

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    Waste of time. They will do nothing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CristoRey View Post
    Common misconception about US Embassies.. They are not here to "help you"
    they will however offer some assistance with some life or death issues and US
    government related services.
    This is what I have read as well, unfortunately.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SKY View Post
    Waste of time. They will do nothing.
    So I guess if I get arrested or deceased in the process of trying to protect my property from vandalism and/or personal safety, then maybe they will do something.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jimmythegreek View Post
    So I guess if I get arrested or deceased in the process of trying to protect my property from vandalism and/or personal safety, then maybe they will do something.
    Funny you may ask this. I did kill someone in self defense 13 years ago. Bill Kirkman was the Consulate representative in Sosua at the time. My lawyer specifically told me to get rid of him when he arrived at the Police station. Nothing against Bill, but the only thing the Embassy can do is try to charge you with a US crime. I ended up with the just verdict of self defense, and never saw the inside of a cell.

    Maybe they can help send your body back if you die, but other than that I would not count on anything.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jimmythegreek View Post
    So I guess if I get arrested or deceased in the process of trying to protect my property from vandalism and/or personal safety, then maybe they will do something.
    Deceased yes. Arrested no. From what I've read the Dominican government has been
    known to drag their feet when it comes to repatriating the deceased.

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    What are your expectations? An arrest, payment for the damages, a shoulder to cry on? None of those are likely with the police and are not something the Embassy will get involved with, except perhaps the shoulder option.

    If your property is being damaged, it may or may not continue. Plant a security guard on your property and reduce the likelihood of further occurrences...assuming the security guard stays awake.

    Consider installing motion sensor lights, video cameras or allowing a couple of vicious poodles license to roam and attack freely. Post a sign "Propiedad protegida por la Sra. Glock y el Sr. Remington".

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    Quote Originally Posted by CristoRey View Post
    Deceased yes. Arrested no.
    Well it does state arrest as a reason under the emergency contact number for US Embassy SD, but again from what I have read there isn't a whole lot they can do other than just some basic support to contact family members, etc.

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    If you get arrested for anything in the DR have a good Dominican lawyer to call. And there are some good ones out there.

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