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  1. #1
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    Default Living Safely in Punta Cana

    I've been reading quite a bit on how to stay safe in the Dominican. From reading all the tips it has scared me and now I am having second thoughts about buying property and eventually living there. I know that there is crime every where a person may live but when not being able to trust the police and being allowed to carry a gun seems a little extreme.

    I would like to live in Punta Cana and would like to know how safe do people feel in this area. I know the area is tailored to the tourists and appears to be a safer than other larger cities.

    I would love to hear about your experiences in this area.

    thanks

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    Your best bet is still gated communities.
    But even there you are not 100% safe, in Cocotal / Palma Real many houses and apartments were broken in just before Christmas DURING THE DAY!
    This information is first hand from people who were affected.

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    Default Get A Gun

    Quote Originally Posted by swyse View Post
    ...not being (...) allowed to carry a gun seems a little extreme.
    Once you have your permanent 'residencia' you can apply for a gun permit.

    Janin

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    It is both where you live and how you live. If you want to live like a 'rich gringo' you're asking for trouble and it does not matter where on the island you live. Rule number one from Dominican people is do not leave your house alone. Always have someone there. You need to figure out where and how.

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    I live in Punta Cana and feel totally safe. I'm not saying incidents don't happen, but they don't happen all that often.

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