Anyone who goes around thinking a neighborhood is completely safe is almost certainly asking to be robbed. Most attacks in Santo Domingo take place in the rich areas. If you were two kids on a moto looking to get money, would you a) go to a poorest area and steal a handbag with a few coins in it or b) go to the richest one and steal a designer handbag full of cash?
That's a logical concept, but does it relates to reality?
If it does, the the colors should be the inverse.
Official Name: Dominican Republic Official Language: Spanish Area: 48,442 km2 (10,710 sq mi) Population: 11,088,650 Time Zone: UTC−4 Capital City: Santo Domingo Elevation (Santo Domingo): 14 m (46 ft) Currency: Dominican peso (DOP) Main Cities: Santo Domingo, Santiago de los Caballeros, San...
The most dangerous parts of Santo Domingo is that huge section in the northeast which include many (perhaps most) of the slums too. The safest areas tend to be areas with a decent to high concentration of the rich (ex: Viejo Arroyo Hondo) and middle class (ex: Honduras). In Los Ríos, the part where the rich and upper middle class lives is safer than the part where the lower middle class and poor lives. The map gives the imoression that most criminals tend to act close to where they live and most theft is one of opportunity, perhaps to cover a drug addiction and get the money to sustain it. Those that travel great distances to commit a crime are the exception among criminals.
It's held by several sociological studies done in the USA that the crime perception of the upper/upper middle/middle class tends to be exaggerated, mostly because they are highly influenced by the media and certain story's of "someone knows someone that was a victim of crime" or "one of my friends was a victim of crime," but very few are able to say that they were a victim of crime. So one crime is exaggerated as everybody abd their mother knows about, yet it was one crime. Get the point? Perhaps this extrapolates too to the DR.
As can be seen in the map, there are many middle class areas (ex: Los Prados or more dangerous Colinas del Seminario) and some middle/high class areas (ex: La Esperilla) that aren't green (safest), but neither red (unsafest). Other middle/high class areas are not covered (ex: Isabel Villa) though there it's very safe and some poor/lower middle class areas not covered as well (ex: La Puya) which is not among the safest areas though maybe it should not be a red area, but orange.