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    Quote Originally Posted by william webster View Post
    Is it the country’s police job to help drunks, wanderers, and such find their way?
    Much of the problem is self inflicted by the tourists themselves.
    Unfortunately yes, it is the responsibility of the police to help stupid tourists. I'll be one of the few here who to say that they actually do a pretty damn good job considering the resources, training and pay they receive.

    The better question is, why isn't the crime rate higher here? It is shocking that more tourists aren't getting robbed, murdered or going missing. We are in a poverty stricken country with a low funded police force. Yet it is filled with cash touting tourists walking around at night looking for the next beer, prostitute or narcotics purchase.
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    I like the attitude ---- and tend to agree w/ you.

    I don't know if we can accurately identify the nat'l crime rate since so many crimes are unreported.
    It can be brutal in some areas not well policed....local neighborhoods.

    But your comments about aimless tourists is good.
    There too.... is all crime reported?.... maybe not.
    But that doesn't invalidate your position.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bigbird View Post
    Exactly the point of this thread gringo. I honestly believe more was done simply because it was a tourist involved.
    A few things to that, as Africaida stated, there is the simple part regarding money from tourism, should they get special treatment, no, but here's the deal. Considering, if you have read the news in La R.D. or just read some of the posts here on DR1, how many "Gringos" have died there over the last few months??

    As I am sure you know, these things hit places like CNN and other National media based on the Country of Origin of the deceased, how many bodies before the government makes a stance and posts that they advise AGAINST going to a country?

    I am fairly confident the DR Gov. doesn't want that sort of publicity and would much prefer the soft sand, palm trees and Piña Colada's that is outlined in the brochures, in peoples minds, and not whether its safe to go there.



    It's not just drunkenness that gets a Gringo killed, and tying into what Seamonkey wrote, yes, people should exercise some common sense and logic, but not everyone possesses a high level of logic, "Common sense" is a misnomer.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GuillermoRamon View Post
    A few things to that, as Africaida stated, there is the simple part regarding money from tourism, should they get special treatment, no, but here's the deal. Considering, if you have read the news in La R.D. or just read some of the posts here on DR1, how many "Gringos" have died there over the last few months??

    As I am sure you know, these things hit places like CNN and other National media based on the Country of Origin of the deceased, how many bodies before the government makes a stance and posts that they advise AGAINST going to a country?

    I am fairly confident the DR Gov. doesn't want that sort of publicity and would much prefer the soft sand, palm trees and Piña Colada's that is outlined in the brochures, in peoples minds, and not whether its safe to go there.

    Take Mexico for example, all the murders by Drug Cartels throughout the Country has been in the news FOR YEARS, and I know MANY Canadians who wont go there, myself included, the last thing DR wants is one of these posted:

    https://travel.gc.ca/destinations/mexico

    It's not just drunkenness that gets a Gringo killed, and tying into what Seamonkey wrote, yes, people should exercise some common sense and logic, but not everyone possesses a high level of logic, "Common sense" is a misnomer.
    Just received Step2 Official Notification to beware of Crime in DR. But we all know to proceed cautiously with every turn/step we take.
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    Policing levels in the Playa Dorada area will need significant beefing up based on the levels of projected growth in that area. Check out Green One Puerta Plata on YouTube to see the changes to POP Village. It’s massive and that’s just one resort. Building a new police headquarters at the main gate area is just the first step.

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    When you have an economy that is based off of tourism then of course the police should treat tourists differently than its citizens. 8% of the GDP is tourism-that's a huge freaking number. Regardless of how idiotic these tourists may be when you're dependent upon them for the countries financial well being their safety and needs should be prioritized. If they cannot provide such basic services (such as identifying a Jane Doe that's sitting in their hospital) well these other foreign nations need to destroy their tourist economy until they get it right. Its inexcusable what happened to that woman. It only took a few phone calls to figure out there was a Jane Doe in a hospital. They can do better and it must be demanded that they do better.

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    Moderator comments:

    Thread is about DR.

    Let's keep it DR related.................
    Last edited by Bronxboy; 04-17-2019 at 10:20 AM.

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    it is not uncommon at all in the U.S for a car and person(s) to go missing on busy roads only to be found weeks later by road maintenance crews in the bushes and trees 40 feet from a major road.
    Not a lot of sympathy for drunks risking innocent lives in this day of Taxis and Uber. Driving intox is extremely selfish and deadly.

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    PN in this country are NOTORIOUS for extorting money out of people
    at every given opportunity. They are not interested in "helping" or showing
    some sort of sympathy to tourist in a jammed up situation simply because
    they are the police, nor will they be at any point in the near future.

    If you live here, you know this. Anyone who disagrees with this fact is out of
    touch with reality. They are not here to help you or assist you for free.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CristoRey View Post
    PN in this country are NOTORIOUS for extorting money out of people
    at every given opportunity. They are not interested in "helping" or showing
    some sort of sympathy to tourist in a jammed up situation simply because
    they are the police, nor will they be at any point in the near future.

    If you live here, you know this. Anyone who disagrees with this fact is out of
    touch with reality. They are not here to help you or assist you for free.
    That's the reality of living in a developing country where the wage paid to police is pathetically low. Many of these people figure if the DR Gov. won't pay them a living wage than they will use their position to enhance it. When you live in a country with a lot of "haves" and "have nots" then what do you expect will happen?

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