The average monthly pay for a security guard from one of the companies here is $RD22,000/mo. Do the math.
Having security guards doesn’t guarantee your house or condo is safe from break ins. Some residents do okay with no security. Others don’t. Two of my friends have houses in the campo in a community that was gated and secure but is not anymore. One house is occupied full time, has good exterior night lighting, and bars on the doors and windows. The owner has never had a problem. The other house in the same community is in a remoter area with no lighting, has bars on the windows and doors, and is unoccupied for long periods of time. It has been broken into several times. Visibility seems to be a key component. I’ve seen so called security guards who were very young, obviously not trained well, asleep in the entry kiosks during the day, or having a social gathering with their friends in the kiosk area. Many are unarmed. Very few are uniformed. You get what you pay for and cheapie cheapie doesn’t cut it when it comes to security. One of the best areas I’ve seen security wise is Lomas Mironas between Sosua and Cabarete. It’s a well run gated community run by a European couple. A place I’d feel comfortable living in and leaving my house vacant for periods of time.