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Old 07-04-2011, 01:47 PM
 
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Exclamation How is the crime in the dominican republic?

We are all fully aware that the Caribbean has lots of crime, as well as the USA, and other parts of the world, as the economies become weaker. However, I am just wondering how the Dominican Republic/Santo Domingo, is doing, crime wise, since it is right next door to Haiti. Thank you,

 
Old 07-04-2011, 01:58 PM
 
Location: St Thomas, US Virgin Islands
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Maybe you'll get some replies but the DR isn't a US territory ...

I've been to the DR a couple of times and the majority of tourist resorts are gated communities replete with stores, manicured grass and even medical clinics. The disparity between the "haves" and the "have-nots" is huge and the reason I will not return there. Most visitors who go there only go outside the resort on guided tours and never see the reality of the abject poverty which is the norm for the general population. If that's your 'druthers, crime is something you won't have to worry about as you'll be safely sheltered in a well-maintained oasis!
 
Old 07-04-2011, 04:50 PM
 
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We are all fully aware that the Caribbean has lots of crime, as well as the USA, and other parts of the world, as the economies become weaker. However, I am just wondering how the Dominican Republic/Santo Domingo, is doing, crime wise, since it is right next door to Haiti. Thank you,
Curious, why do you say the US has alot of crime ??
 
Old 07-04-2011, 10:11 PM
 
Location: Bronx, NY
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We are all fully aware that the Caribbean has lots of crime, as well as the USA, and other parts of the world, as the economies become weaker. However, I am just wondering how the Dominican Republic/Santo Domingo, is doing, crime wise, since it is right next door to Haiti. Thank you,
About the same as Puerto Rico. The latest homicide rate was about 22 per 100,000. What is interesting is that similar to PR, the DR has reached it's worst homicide totals in the 2nd half of this decade.

la violencia en repblica dominicana: naturaleza, evolucin reciente y perspectivas de control

2000- 14.6
2001- 12.8
2002- 14.9
2003- 21.8
2004- 25.2
2005- 26.3
2006- 23.6
2007- 22.1
2008- 24.8

So the DR's murder rate by all accounts is among the highest in the world, as is Puerto Rico's. Both countries are right in line with the carribean.

I was there this last summer and no one would be outside after 9 pm. I saw stick up kids from my window, lying in wait for an unsuspecting victim. Some provinces (which are like states) have murder rate's up to the 60's! I can't find the chart that had the homicide breakdown by province but the DR is a dangerous country.
 
Old 07-05-2011, 03:58 AM
 
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"Curious, why do you say the US has alot of crime ??"

A simple search of the City-Data site will turn up some amazing statistics of US cities and towns, from home prices, to average age of residents, to unemployment rate to crime rate, categorized by crime committed.

Also:

Total crimes statistics - countries compared - NationMaster

State Rankings--Statistical Abstract of the United States--Violent Crime Rate

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Gemstone1
 
Old 07-05-2011, 04:14 AM
 
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"Curious, why do you say the US has alot of crime ??"

Per capita crime rankings by country...the US is ranked 8th worst out of 60 countries....

Total crimes (per capita) statistics - countries compared - Crime data on NationMaster (http://www.nationmaster.com/graph/cri_tot_cri_percap-crime-total-crimes-per-capita - broken link)

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Gemstone1
 
Old 07-05-2011, 08:32 AM
 
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"Curious, why do you say the US has alot of crime ??"

Per capita crime rankings by country...the US is ranked 8th worst out of 60 countries....

Total crimes (per capita) statistics - countries compared - Crime data on NationMaster (http://www.nationmaster.com/graph/cri_tot_cri_percap-crime-total-crimes-per-capita - broken link)

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Gemstone1
Thats a terrible means of trying to determine crime rates, the US has the most sophisticated police forces in the world that arrests people for EVERYTHING! Most "crimes" they prosecute here are not prosececuted in other countries.Lets take DWI, in most countries they will not enforce DWI unless there is a significant accident or someone is injured, here the arrests are millions per year.Here they arrest millions for possession for small amounts of drugs/grass annually.So, you can see how this skews the statistics to say the least...America is about as safe as it gets.
 
Old 07-05-2011, 09:42 AM
 
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The discussion about crime in the US isn't really relevant. The OP is asking about the DR. As noted, the DR isn't a US territory and neither is it in the US period.
 
Old 07-05-2011, 10:15 AM
 
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well, my father lives iin La vega, if you stay in the tourist areas your fine (Santa Domingo), if you are a foriegner, anything can happen, the police are as corrupt as can be an offer no recourse.
 
Old 07-05-2011, 10:26 AM
 
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well, my father lives iin La vega, if you stay in the tourist areas your fine (Santa Domingo), if you are a foriegner, anything can happen, the police are as corrupt as can be an offer no recourse.
Agreed. However, the barrios in the capital are some of the most dangerous in the country.
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