Note that some of the better areas of Santo Domingo now have some of the best security installed. Best to check your surroundings (how much security has been installed) and ask your neighbors-to-be. They can tell you if anyone has suffered a break in or what to watch for in the area. The recent increase in drug trafficking in the DR has changed everyone's life here, and what used to be a carefree society is no more. Many have moved from houses to condos because of the security that comes with living in a building.