You are comparing an entire country to a specific area of a country,an unfair comparison. I love living in the DR but to say that it is as safe or safer than either the U.S. or Canada in general s ridiculous IMHO. I have traveled through most of the U.S. and visited a few places in Canada and I have never had to lock my doors or felt the need to have bars on my doors and windows. Just ask yourself if the DR is so safe why does every house and business have bars on every single window and door yet that is not generally the case in the U.S. or Canada??I agree , too much misinformation.
I came here to RD in early 1980's ... Even then it was not as dangerous as living in the James Bay area of Quebec.
Things have improved here ,substantially, since then.. and for the better.