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I think for the new people that are thinking of coming here to Costa Rica or just came here, it is fair to say that this is not so in all areas. We live in Grecia and have lived here for 5 years. We lived in 5 different places before we decided on the San Miguel ridge of Grecia over looking all of San Jose.
We have never, never had anything stolen from us. Even when we were building our two homes we never had anyone steal from us. We were here all the time and if a Tico wanted our old wood, or cut off pipe they would come and ask if they could take it, even if it was in the JUNK pile they would ask.
We are more affluent in our, home/car and life style.The timers are a good idea and also put them on your RADIO OR TV. Then they dont really know if someone is there or not.
We have left shovels out, ATV, expensive lawn furniture, decor pots, BBQ and so on. Up and out of the MORE all American areas like the Escazu, St. Anna, San Jose you don't see that much crime or theft.That is one reason we chose this area and location. We don't have to be so paranoid of crime and stealing. I live in Palm Beach, Fla also and we chose a smaller community also for that reason. IF you pick the large city areas ex: Miami, Ft. Lauderdale etc. YES you are going to get Crime. Criminals go where it is easy prey, money and lots of people they can mingle and hide and run. HERE in Grecia I feel we have a lot less of that. Yes, we do have a security system and cameras that film 24/7, but we have that in the USA also.
Yes, we have had kids take down some of our Halloween Decor or Xmas but that is kids play and you get that any where. Yes, you made a good point don't invite trouble. But I feel there is a lot more in the American sections than in Grecia.
---In CostaRicaLiving@yahoogroups.com, <livinglifeincostarica@...> wrote:SERIOUSLY peeps - do NOT NOT NOT leave ANY boxes in front of your house - out in the trash from your Christmas gifts or ANY box you get ANY time of the year that might put the BIG RED "ROB ME" sticker across your forehead!!!
#1 - MOST place I know, the trash pick up is OFF a day after Christmas and
#2 - I just walked 5 blocks on New Years DAY - when the streets and MANY houses are EMPTY - and I can't tell you how many people had their new 42" tv and new computer boxes, etc. out in front of their house - for the WHOLE world to see - INCLUDING banditos (who sometimes are those people that regularly go through your trash if you leave it out before the trash man comes)!!!! And they will NOT be picked up for at LEAST another day!!!
Also,Do NOT NOT NOT LEAVE ANYTHING IN YOUR CAR - NOTHING!!!The Monday before New Years I went to the U.S. embassy with a friend and there were PLENTY of American's in there that had their passport stolen and MANY had it and their belongings stolen within a few MINUTES of locking their CAR!!! And some of course were drunk! And SOME of them where residents or frequent visitors that said they KNEW better - but they thought - "it's just for a minute" (or just weren't thinking as they were having tooo much funnnn!!)!
Peeps, how do you think AAA, etc. opens your locked car?? There are gizmos ANYONE can get to jimmy a lock in SECONDS - while just standing in front of your car facing OUT so no one realizes what's happening - http://LockPickShop.com/AT.html
And if you're going away and not having someone staying in your home or hiring a House Sitter, BUY A FEW TIMERS for your lights and put them near various windows so it looks like someone IS home!!!
NOT being CONSCIOUS around this issue - you're potentially advertising/saying
"Hey - come and tie me up - Home Invasion me - or rob my house or my car.
Help yourself!!! Look at the nice new things you can HAVE!!!"
(and if you do and it happens, PLEASE do NOT cry about it or blame the banditos!! [yeah that's a harsh statement but OFTEN WE set ourselves up to attract situations don't we???!! I sure know I do like when my housekeeper stole THOUSANDS of $$s of jewels from me!! I didn't have them locked up real well as I couldn't imagine he'd EVER do that to me since I treated/paid him SOOO WELL!])
Ya wonder why crime during these 2 weeks are the HIGHEST of the year . . . .
If I had a car/truck I'd drive around neighborhoods removing these for people!!! (if anyone is in Escazu now & wants to do it, I'll go with you - SERIOUSLY - 8-378-6679)
On the POSITIVE NOTE - if you're moving any time in the future, it's a GREAT time to get some good boxes!!!