I (Vicki Skinner - aka "THE Sarong Goddess") created this blog in 2007 to share DETAILED Finds•Lists•Info•Events•Experiences to help bring more EASE to people living in, visiting or thinking of moving to Costa Rica since DETAILS are NOT easy to find!
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Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Help PREVENT Theft•Crimes in Costa Rica (ESPECIALLY around Christmas•Navidad)

Christmas anti-crime effort
Police come out with annual List of Warnings

As the Christmas season approaches, the Fuerza Pública steps up its program of crime prevention.

Officials recognize that many Costa Ricans receive their annual Aguinaldo or Christmas bonus, thereby providing attractive targets for thieves.

With the increase use of credit cards there in not as much cash in the streets as in previous years, but thieves are a resourceful bunch who come up with new strategies when needed.

The security ministry came out with 39 suggestions Monday for citizen to avoid criminals. Most are pretty routine:
Don't flash sums of money in a bar. 
Don't accept help from strangers. 
Keep personal financial information to yourself.

The ministry also warned residents about business deals offered by unknown persons.

Some of the suggestions are new this year. The ministry urged residents to keep an eye on glass windows while shopping to spot any possible criminals nearby in the reflection. It also urged residents to report any strangers lurking near their homes.

The ministry and its Fuerza Pública also urged citizens
DO NOT NOT NOT NOT NOT NOT NOT NOT resist robbers!!!
(one of my best friends in Costa Rica got shot in the leg - right in front of her 7 year old - because she did that!!)

The Fuerza Pública said that there were  3,466 complaints filed with the Judicial Investigating Organization last December.

Juan José Andrade Morales, the director general of the Fuerza Pública, said that national-level athletes and performers have joined a campaign to raise public awareness. They include Gabriela Traña, who runs marathons;  Leonardo Chacón, who represented the country at the Olympics in the triathalon;  Patrick Pemberton, a soccer star, and two musical groups, Korporación and Grupo Percance.

The presentation of these national figures was accompanied by a visit of a blue Santa, who wore the colors of a police officer.

Police have erected a total of 13 watchtowers at key locations to keep an eye on crowds.

SOURCE:  AMCostaRica.com - November 27, 2012

One of the MOST IMPORTANT DAHHH's to me to help AVOID getting Home Invasioned or Broken Into is:

Do NOT put ANY boxes out front • for the trash of the recent things you've received • bought!!!!!!!!  (ESPECIALLY if you're going away from your house for even 30 minutes - let alone a few days!)

I'm awaiting the link to the above mentioned list and will share it here.  

In the meantime - join their Facebook Page - facebook.com/FuerzaPublicaDeCostaRica  •  FuerzaPublica.go.cr

PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE "SHARE" this with EVERYONE you know that LIVES in Costa Rica!!!


blue Santa
He's making a list . . . 

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