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    As reported in today's, 24 April 2019 DR1 News.....

    DR ranks low in safe walking at night

    According to research carried out by the Global Peace Index (GPI), the Dominican Republic is third on the list for people who do not feel safe walking outside at night. The country with the highest percentage of insecurity for walking at night was Venezuela, with 88 %; followed by El Salvador, with 72 % In the Dominican Republic, some 67 % of Dominicans do not feel safe walking in their neighborhoods at night.

    In the same list, the DR is followed by Liberia (65 %), Brazil (64 %), Afghanistan (64 %), South Africa (63 %), Botswana (62 %) and Mauritania (61 %).
    Looking at other indicators of the GPI, the highest increases registered in the country where the rate of homicides with a 4.7-point increase, perception of crime with a 4-point increase and domestic violence increase by three points.
    http://visionofhumanity.org/app/uplo...dex-2018-2.pdf
    https://www.cdn.com.do/2019/04/23/re...or-las-noches/

    I myself, as a Dominican national do not feel comfortable driving at night in the RD, not to mention walking. As a national, resident, or tourist do you feel comfortable walking around the RD at night?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Caonabo View Post
    As reported in today's, 24 April 2019 DR1 News.....

    DR ranks low in safe walking at night

    According to research carried out by the Global Peace Index (GPI), the Dominican Republic is third on the list for people who do not feel safe walking outside at night. The country with the highest percentage of insecurity for walking at night was Venezuela, with 88 %; followed by El Salvador, with 72 % In the Dominican Republic, some 67 % of Dominicans do not feel safe walking in their neighborhoods at night.

    In the same list, the DR is followed by Liberia (65 %), Brazil (64 %), Afghanistan (64 %), South Africa (63 %), Botswana (62 %) and Mauritania (61 %).
    Looking at other indicators of the GPI, the highest increases registered in the country where the rate of homicides with a 4.7-point increase, perception of crime with a 4-point increase and domestic violence increase by three points.
    http://visionofhumanity.org/app/uplo...dex-2018-2.pdf
    https://www.cdn.com.do/2019/04/23/re...or-las-noches/

    I myself, as a Dominican national do not feel comfortable driving at night in the RD, not to mention walking. As a national, resident, or tourist do you feel comfortable walking around the RD at night?
    We do not like driving at night, but occasionally have to.

    We don't walk the streets at night. Lighted Resort areas, like Playa Bellenas in Las Terrenas, are a little different but still require caution.
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    I exercise at Mirador del Sur and at times Mirador del Norte.

    Only two places I would dare to go to for exercise. Mirador del sur is entirely full with people from early afternoon through the late evenings and the PN presence is there - Mirador del Norte not the same.

    I trust Mirador del sur more, besides - right after the exercise, I could just walk down to the chicharones place and have myself a fest for dinner.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cobraboy View Post
    We do not like driving at night, but occasionally have to.

    We don't walk the streets at night. Lighted Resort areas, like Playa Bellenas in Las Terrenas, are a little different but still require caution.
    Whenever I go to LT usually stay at the Ballenas hotel - beach is nice and quiet, and so are the walks after dinner.

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    There is no way El Salvador ranks that high in safety?

    That's the home of MS13 for the love of Jesus.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wishing you well View Post
    I exercise at Mirador del Sur and at times Mirador del Norte.

    Only two places I would dare to go to for exercise. Mirador del sur is entirely full with people from early afternoon through the late evenings and the PN presence is there - Mirador del Norte not the same.

    I trust Mirador del sur more, besides - right after the exercise, I could just walk down to the chicharones place and have myself a fest for dinner.
    You know I've been here for a couple years now and I've never been to Mirador Del Sur. I have a flight early in the morning back to New York but when I come back I'm definitely going to go. Great post though

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    Quote Originally Posted by Caonabo View Post
    I myself, as a Dominican national do not feel comfortable driving at night in the RD, not to mention walking. As a national, resident, or tourist do you feel comfortable walking around the RD at night?
    In places such as Parque Central and the immediate surroundings (so city center) in POP, yes, we occasionally walk in the evening, but nothing outside of that. To be honest, this is one thing me and my wife (from here, but lived years outside of the country as well) really miss here. Living in Europe, we used to get out with the kids every weekend and walk in the city up until 9-10pm, have something to eat etc. etc. The kids enjoyed it more than anything, we did... There was nothing like hot chocolate late at night when the evening breeze was already cooling (in the summer), walking near a river bank...

    Currently, we're planning a trip to the capital in the near future to see again la Zona and a bit of Malecon, after sunset yes, but definitely not late at night...

    Driving - I drive here at any time of the day, but I definitely prefer between 6:30 am and 6:30 pm... There are enough crazy people on the road during the daytime...

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    Quote Originally Posted by alexw View Post
    You know I've been here for a couple years now and I've never been to Mirador Del Sur. I have a flight early in the morning back to New York but when I come back I'm definitely going to go. Great post though
    Check it out.

    Plenty of people exercising early in the morning and all afternoon through the evening. Safe for the most part but there are some spots where the smell of urine is, let just say, robust - for a political correct nomenclature if you will.

    But to the point of the subject - Mirador del Sur is safe.

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    One of those stun clubs I ordered might be a decent idea.
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    A stun club allows a human threat to get far too close. A mugging in this country is going to involve an offensive weapon of some sort. The closer the attacker can encroach, the more likely you are going to be injured, even if you do not resist. If you are a pacifist, perhaps a taser. If you are at all concerned about being attacked or routinely find yourself in vulnerable situations, either stop doing those things (best) or get an offensive weapon of your own (less than best).

    The ladrones know the score and a stun club at a gun fight is well, you know.

    We should all know by now, that being out and about after dark is an enhanced risk in this country. Perhaps more so for foreigners. Some places are safer than others and one could go their entire life without incident, but the odds suggest otherwise. Whether the DR is #3 on the list or #15 really isn't the point. The point is that it is not perfectly safe to be walking in the dark without a posse in tow. None of us gets to pick the time or the place that a chico malo happens to cross our path. Those who choose to disregard the reality of the jungle once too often are the ones we read about.

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