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    Default Crime in the DR - For us Who Live Here

    We've heard over the past while of the crime rate increasing. People are defnitely talking more about crime and I've been wondering if it is just better news coverage or is there a real increase. We've heard about the doings in the Boca Chica area, the Sosua area, and the Cabarete area. We've not heard as much about the Capital, Santiago, Puerto Plata or the smaller towns and cities.

    The questions are:
    Do you think we are seeing an increase in the crime rate and if so, what do you base your conclusions on?
    Have you personally felt it necessary to improve your personal security, say during the past year and a half?
    Are you contemplating security improvements and if so, how quickly?
    Are you behaving differently while walking around in the cities and towns?

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    Personally, since I am not a night owl, I am trying to be more aware of my surroundings. Our doors are kept locked during the day, and the grandchildren have strict orders not to open for ANYBODY!

    Dogs are always on the prowl, weapons handy, oiled, locked and loaded.

    Will/might/may increase some of the security...

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    We have always been security concious, but have been much more cautious recently. We have built two security walls and added electronic security systems. When driving, the vehicle doors are all locked. We carry powerful pepper sprays. We changed the house locks after changing maids and are considering buying a gun. While we do enjoy the DR, the increase in crime is real and we are becoming aprehensive as to the future of tourism. Look what has happened in Jamaica... Canadian Bob.

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    I keep my doors locked, never invite street people into my house. I repair most of my things at home. If I need a repairman, I generally take my items to them or employ a person who is friends with the owners.
    I don't have a maid. In essence, no one knows what I have inside the house. When I travel I take my expensive stuff to my friend's house.
    I generally invite people to my house who are my friends and better off than I am financially. They wouldn't need anything from my house.
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    I live in Gazcue, and we are seeing a big jump in axxholes trying to steal cars. We have Multi-Lock, but different people have tried about 4 times this year to break into the car. The last time was last week, when 4 moes pulled up at 1:30 am, with a toolbox to work with, and began trying to get in, until the watchyman shined his flashlight at them, and then banged on the building to scare them off.

    Thieves succeeded once, and took the only thing in the car that was unsecured, a small folding case with 2 CD's in it. Neighbors report the same happening there. And this is with multiple watchymen on our street, so I don't think the two dots are connected.

    I bought home insurance. The car is insured against theft. I change the locks if the maid leaves her job. I watch the street if I wake up at night, and sometimes go out to make sure the watchy isn't sleeping. I'm contemplating a shotgun. A big shotgun, with 00 buckshot or deerslugs.

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    Default I've changed too...

    I think it's more to do with the responsibility for the welfare of my young family, but now I'm locked down and fully loaded. In three years I've gone from never understanding the use of weapons to a fully tooled up trigger happy son-of-a-bitch. If someone tries to break into my house, then they can expect trouble.

    Go ahead punk make my day.

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    We live in an exceedingly safe area. But we keep our doors locked during the day (of course at night) and have security lights, lighting up the outside. The neighbors (retired military) have the dogs, as we travel and cannot take care of dogs on an ongoing basis. The question of really buying a weapon comes up every 2nd month or so. Up to now, we have not done it, basically because I cannot buy the weapon of my choice legally.

    If we pull the car out of the garage, we check around the neighborhood and we are alert until the doors are locked again.

    Walking in the streets, we have just about zero money on us on no flashy watches or jewellery. My husband has changed his wallet habit to a few bills stuck into the front pocket and shirt pocket. My purse has changed to a few bills stuck into a pocket and at most, a laptop case, under my arm. Our laptops travel with us now all the time and we do not leave them in the car. We have root passwords on our laptops that will take much time to break even if you know how.

    Our neighborhood has a crime watch (presidente drinking, lots of talking and chatting and nobody really stays awake but nevertheless)...

    Some months ago, after a theft of a computer when we left a door open for just a little while, we jacked up the 'iron' around windows and doors.

    The neighbor has a cool weapon and leaves off a couple of shots every 3rd night or so.... His front gate is decorated with shotgun shells. I hope this protects us also.

    We are more cautious and more aware.

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    Default After the horse bolted

    Our condominio is semi-open, and is in the process of tightening up security. A couple of months ago one of the neighbours was car-jacked at gunpoint in the car park at midday when she arrived home from the supermarket. Her jeepeta and large grocery shopping were taken. As a result, the neighbours finally came up with the cash to install a proper gate.

    I'm much more aware of the risk of having my bag snatched in the street. I'm much more on my guard when I walk around - make sure the bag is held firmly and away from the curb. I keep on thinking I must take all but the absolutely essential out of my bag - only take my credit card if I intend to use it, only carry the cash I need, photocopies of all documents, etc. If I have to withdraw a large-ish amount of money from the bank, I get Mr C or someone to accompany me.

    When I go out walking in Parque Mirador I don't take my cellphone, watch, wedding ring or other trinkets. Just my house key if no one's going to be home when I get back.

    I've always driven nondescript cars because I don't feel comfortable displaying wealth in a country like this. A six-year old Fiat in need of a wash gets you across town as quickly as a gleaming Merc or a Cayenne, and I don't have a stroke at the thought of someone denting or scraping it. It has the added bonus of minimising unwanted attention from thieves.

    This is mostly based on the fact that more things are happening to people I know, or situations that I've witnessed (like the guy who was shot in the supermarket car park a year ago when he tried to steal a jeepeta at gunpoint) as opposed to what I read in the papers. Maybe this is not much more statistically accurate than one of NALs' DR1 polls, but I take as a reflection of the increasing crime rate.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chirimoya
    Maybe this is not much more statistically accurate than one of NALs' DR1 polls, but I take as a reflection of the increasing crime rate.
    A dab hand at statistics can prove or disprove most things. What cannot be discounted though, is if people take action around their own personal safety perimeter. That speaks loudly. Lots of words can go into the issue, but action speaks.

    I am wondering if people are taking action, or just speaking about it. Lets give it a little time and hear from more people.

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    Default Crime Is On The Increase.

    Okay, we are all in agreement except for Rocky. I say inform newcomers of this problem and assist them to make good choices in where they live and how they go about securing themselves. We don't want these newbies to have a bad experience and leave the country having failed to make it to round two. Crime is a problem here. Now let us do what we can to secure ourselves.

    Hi Powered Mace - Where do you get this at?

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