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    If you invite foreigners, you are expected to try and keep them safe, and respond accordingly to issues as they arise. Within the limits of normal operations of course.

    No, tourists should not by default enjoy more service than a Dominican be they 80 years old or 3 years old. The police need to be in a position to respond effectively, logically and consistently across the country when called upon to do so. Foreigners need to be explicitly told where they are and what they can expect - responsibility of the home country's foreign affairs/travel dept.

    The police however, need leadership with functioning neurons and codified procedures to deal with time sensitive investigations. As the PN develops into a credible force, they need manuals and checklists to refer to for the various situations. Foreign police depts can help with these lists and the PN can perform the steps as funds and expertise are available. The response for similar situations should be consistent and not dependent on the experience and decision making abilities of the commander that happens to be on duty at the time the telephone rings.

    Clearly documented steps can ensure that something important is less likely to fall through the cracks.

    So, the police professionalism and response should be consistent based on the situation at hand, not based on who is involved.

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    Yes... I think you have missed something

    I agree , the number of incidents isn't a big % but the insistence on more Attention/help than the country is capable of might be a burden

    An imball\nace as BB says.

    The tourist expect more than the citizen gets....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Africaida View Post
    .............DR receive millions of tourists yearly, we can count on one hand the number of cases, unless I have missed something, lol
    and most of those cases revolves around the tourist doing something stupid. Whatever happened with the kite boarder in Cabarete where his friend took off and went home a day early?

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    I've know quite a few tourists that have gotten robbed in Sosua. All of them let their guard down in some way. Being drunk in public, counting money while walking on the street, showing off expensive jewelry, bragging about what they have or leaving a window open when they left their condo. Act smart, be humble and respect the country and you should be fine. Let the police deal with real issues and not stupidity.

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    Quote Originally Posted by william webster View Post
    You're not naive enough to think that the family didn't 'incent' the police with some cash are you.?

    That's where the $$ talks - in the hands of the investigators

    an old saying...
    Money doesn't talk --- IT SCREAMS!!!
    Yes I was

    It comes out to the same, the money DR could potentially lose if their image was tarnished and lose their first place as Caribbean destination, may be worth the effort for the Brian And Jenny who wandered off their resort. It is not like the PN is experiencing a budget crisis because of these few (isolated?) cases.

    I am no way saying that the life of a visitor is more valuable than any Dominican by the way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bigbird View Post
    ...I say they solved this most recent missing persons in a timely manner.
    Might that be because it wasn't you that was missing and lying unidentified in a hospital with no one actively trying to figure out who you are?

    Not looking for an argument, just a little more reflection on the situation and perhaps a realization that more could have and should have been done to shorten the time needed to bring the matter to a conclusion. The outcome might not have changed I admit.

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    BTW
    A new record = I am sure

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    Quote Originally Posted by Seamonkey View Post
    I've know quite a few tourists that have gotten robbed in Sosua. All of them let their guard down in some way. Being drunk in public, counting money while walking on the street, showing off expensive jewelry, bragging about what they have or leaving a window open when they left their condo. Act smart, be humble and respect the country and you should be fine. Let the police deal with real issues and not stupidity.
    Succinctly put..... and accurate

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    Wandering off drunk
    Shacking up with a partner for a few days - incommunicado...

    The police chase.... to no avail... false alarm

    IN the US - don't the police seek compensation for time wasted ??
    on a frivolous case ??

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cdn_Gringo View Post
    Might that be because it wasn't you that was missing and lying unidentified in a hospital with no one actively trying to figure out who you are?

    Not looking for an argument, just a little more reflection on the situation and perhaps a realization that more could have and should have been done to shorten the time needed to bring the matter to a conclusion. The outcome might not have changed I admit.
    Exactly the point of this thread gringo. I honestly believe more was done simply because it was a tourist involved.

    Also the truth of the matter we only know what is written up in the newspapers. Quite often police have info days in advance of going public so you really don't know for sure when they found out what.

    Victims families always feel they are not getting enough information fast enough all over the world.

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